INTERVIEW: Robert Pattinson- ‘The Rover’, Cannes, Career Took New Turn after David Cronenberg
Here’s an interview Robert Pattinson did with the French Direct Matin. He speaks of many things, The Rover, Maps To the Stars (both just premiered at Cannes) his career boost from working with David Cronenberg on Cosmopolis. He speaks about projects to come, noting that he’s seen a trailer to Anton Corbijn’s Life, which he shot last winter.
I’d like to highlight this quote as well- because without reading as much as I and other close followers of Robert Pattinson’s career do, you might not know this. I’ve observed for some time that he’s been a “man with a plan” for his career post-Twilight. It’s great to see with his two films at Cannes and universal praise for his turn in both, it’s become very noticeable (often its own news story during Cannes.) His career path has made a very noticeable, interesting, and respectable turn. All the projects all helmed by elite directors. David Cronenberg really kicked it off.
Asked about his career change in Direct Matin:
“It took some time. It’s been 4-5 years that I’ve tried to create privileged relationships with directors whose work I’ve admired and it appeared that things settled at the same time. ‘Cosmopolis’ changed everything. Ever since my meeting with David Cronenberg, my career took a new turn.” ~Robert Pattinson
From Direct Matin:
Teen icon at the beginning of his career, Robert Pattinson definitely settled himself in the Hollywood landscape. In ‘The Rover’ by David Michiôd, he plays a simple minded guy forced to work with his enemy to find his brother in the Australian desert. It’s a controlled shift the British actor admits it was made possible thanks to his meeting with David Cronenberg.
Was it the world of ‘The Rover’ or its character that sparked your interest first in the project?
I found the script really interesting but I had a really strong connection first with my character, especially the way he express himself. I had never seen a character like this before.
Was it difficult to play someone who’s simple minded?
Not at all, it came naturally (laughs). I approached him like a beaten up street dog that would keep on going back to his master for a little bit of affection.
The film imagines a ruined world by men’s madness. Do you think this is where we’re heading with our society?
This could happen but I’m more optimistic than that. I have more faith in humanity. In ‘The Rover’, men aren’t completely lost, they all didn’t become mad. Some still have hope and try to revive the Earth. But this economic collapse is totally conceivable.’
You play, one after the other, in two movies ‘against the system’: ‘Maps to the Stars’ and ‘The Rover’, are you engaged in politically?
I’m more or less liberal.It’s hard to be an actor and not be liberal by the way. Maybe we should be more worried about the oceans but I don’t take politics very seriously. When you see that most Western countries are under the leadership of a handful of multinational companies, it seems like voting is some kind of a joke.
From teens’ sex symbol to an actor seeked by the biggest directors, what was the secret to your career change?
It took some time. It’s been 4-5 years that I’ve tried to create privileged relationships with directors whose work I’ve admired and it appeared that things settled at the same time. ‘Cosmopolis’ changed everything. Ever since my meeting with David Cronenberg, my career took a new turn.
You were in Cannes with two movies: ‘The Rover’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’ by David Cronenberg.
It’s one of the most exhilarating places to screen a movie. There’s an incredible energy that dominates over there. I like doing press at Cannes. The journalists are actually interested in the movies and don’t ask you questions like ‘What’s your favorite food?’ In France, journalists love the cinema.
You just finished filming Werner Herzog’s movie ‘Queen of the Desert’ about the spy, Gertrude Bell. Who do you play in it?
I play the young Lawrence of Arabia. He was a close friend of Gertrude Bell during WWI.
You also play the photographer, Dennis Stock in ‘Life’ by Anton Corbijn.
We just got done shooting. I saw the trailer the other day. I play this guy who photographed James Dean right before he became famous. James was unknown at that time.
What else do you have planned?
In November, I’m working with Olivier Assayas in a movie called ‘Idol’s Eye’. It’s a gangster movie on the true story of a group of thieves who robbed a pawnbroker’s shop that belonged to the mafia. It takes place in the 1970s. I met Olivier Assayas two and a half years ago but the project only came to be a few months ago.Cannes 2014: Interview (Print), Cannes 2014: Robert Pattinson, Interview: Print, Interview: Robert Pattinson, Maps To The Stars at Cannes 2014, Robert Pattinson - Career and Films