‘Maps To The Stars’ Production Notes : “The Limo Driver” – ‘Jerome’ Played by Robert Pattinson
I’ve been given the full production notes on Maps To The Stars by FilmTV.it. I confirmed with them that the notes are indeed public at the source at PatheFilms; the source link is below. I’ll be posting a from these production notes lots of information on the characters, the genesis of the story, the story, setting, and more. As always at my blogs, I’ll try to organize in meaningful ways for you, and make them easily accessible at my site. Note, I will at times choose to edit certain sections or leave some out entirely because I find them too spoilerish.
The character information is easy to present to you! My first post on a character is this one on Robert Pattinson’s role as ‘Jerome’ the limo driver. I’ve added production stills and have pulled out quotes in the text.
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CHARACTER: ‘Jerome Fontana’ is THE LIMO DRIVER –Played by Robert Pattinson
“Plus we’re both dual-disorder”
“When Agatha Weiss returns to Los Angeles, she makes an instant connection with the first person she encounters: her limo driver, a would-be screenwriter who chauffeurs the far more successful, and who becomes entangled in her larger-than-life drama.
Taking the role of Jerome is leading star Robert Pattinson, who wanted to work with Cronenberg again on the heels of taking the lead role in Cosmopolis (coincidentally, Pattinson played a billionaire who is a limo passenger throughout the film.)
He was one of the first cast members to sign on, which Martin Katz says helped buoy the project.
‘Robert’s enthusiasm for Maps To The Stars is one of the things that really got us underway. Jerome is not a large role but it’s significant in the story and his joining the cast gave us a terrific amount of momentum,’ recalls the producer. ‘In a sense he is playing Bruce Wagner, who was himself at one time a limo driver and unemployed writer.’ ~Producer Martin Katz
Cronenberg was thrilled to reunite with Pattinson, and in such a different kind of role.
‘I think Rob was really happy to be part of an ensemble,’ he says. ‘But Jerome is also a critical character, a lovely character and it was a chance for Rob to give a more naturalistic performance. I knew he would be fabulous and he was.’ ~Director David Cronenberg
Pattinson’s experience working on Cosmopolis with Cronenberg was so profound that he agreed to the role of Jerome before reading the script. But when he finally sat down to read it, he recalls,
‘Within two pages I was thinking, wow, this is so unbelievably different and hilarious. I don’t even know what people are going to make of this, but it feels dangerous. It’s sort of satirical but it’s also a ghost story and it’s also a kind of thriller. It defies genre.’ ~Actor Robert Pattinson
He came to Maps To the Stars as more than just another L.A. story. ‘It’s really about people who lie to themselves – right up until the end’, he summarizes.
Yet within all that, Pattinson sees Jerome as the most ordinary of the film’s roster of outrageously deluded and desperate characters – typical of a certain kind of everyday L.A. dreamer, a regular guy with a regular job who nevertheless always believes he is just one move away from being a major actor and writer.”
‘Jerome would never accept that he is just a limo driver. I think he feels he’s just waiting for his break,” Pattinson observes. “And yet, he’s seemingly the only one in this story who’s not going insane – who isn’t a ghost. He’s a fairly normal guy, which is slightly odd for me as well.’ ~Actor Robert Pattinson
He worked most closely with Mia Wasikowska as Agatha, who comes to rely on Jerome as her sole friend in the city. “I knew Mia was going to be wonderful in this,” he says. “She’s so lovely that it was horrible for me to watch Agatha be bullied by her entire family.”
For Cronenberg, the chance to work with cast members like Pattinson and Gadon multiple times is one of the most gratifying aspects of his career.
‘It’s really beautiful for me to see that blossoming and the evolution of actors as I work with them, he concludes.’ ~Director David Cronenberg
Photo Sources are official stills from the production, posted elsewhere at this site. Credit goes to stills photographer Caitlin Cronenberg.
After I posted the first excerpt of production notes located at FilmTV.it, they tweeted:
@FilmTv_it @MTTSFilm_blog to thank u we’ve decide..change profile photo to Pattinson http://www.filmtv.it/persona/56605/robert-pattinson/ … pic.twitter.com/oBx3JhAEdJ
I think it looks great, great that this film gets the attention! There’s lots of info. on Rob’s films there.