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Interview with Robert Pattinson of Twilight 2008-11-17 07:30:26

Buzz Interview: Robert Pattinson Talks Twilight (Part One)

Hey, Twilight fans! It's hard to believe the week of Twilight's big movie release has arrived. After spending some time with the young actor who's about to rocket to stardom playing the too-handsome-for-this-earth vampire, Edward, I'm curious to see this story come to life on-screen.

After causing utter mayhem at a mall here in San Francisco last week, Robert Pattinson retreated to a calmer room where I asked him all my burning questions about the mania surrounding this movie, how he approached the role, why people seem to be going ga-ga for vampires, and more. Incidentally, I have to note that in my most objective, journalistic opinion, the man is awfully dreamy. Ahem! On with the interview:

Before you signed up to do this movie, did you understand the hysteria that went along with the books?
No, I went into it having absolutely no idea what it was, and then some people turned up to the set occasionally. But I mean, I kind of expected that. I knew it was a popular book, so I thought, you know, it would be 20 fans who might come occasionally. And then when we finished shooting I went back to LA, and the first day I was there, someone came up to me and was like, [breathless girly voice] "You’re Edward!" and it was, "Oh, OK," just something I didn't expect. And then I did this thing called Comic-Con in San Diego and there were just seven or nine thousand people, just ridiculous . . . and they just screamed, like, 45 minutes — or the entire time, just screamed and screamed. Up until that point I wasn't really expecting anything.

If you haven't read the book, some of what follows might be a tad spoilery, but if you're ready, just


I read somewhere that [Twilight author] Stephenie Meyer conceived of Edward as a kind of superhero in some ways. How did you factor in Edward's super-human powers when you were playing the character?
Well, he's in permanent denial of everything. So I never thought "This is a vampire movie," I never thought of him as a vampire. I tried to avoid having any kind of supernatural elements in the performance — I mean, I kind of thought you just have to commit and say, "OK, he's going to live forever," you're a thousand times stronger than any human being, and you have to drink blood in some form or another, and ignore the fact that it's a mystical thing and imagine that you're a human that has to live like that. And that’s kind of how I went at it. I didn’t want to do, you know, a "vampire" performance.

How did you reconcile the character with what's in the book and in the script? Did reading Meyer's manuscript written from Edward's perspective help?
I read that two-thirds of the way into shooting, so I couldn't retain too much. I guess in some ways, you know, elements of the character in the book, I thought that girls wouldn’t find that attractive. . . It's like, OK, I got to make this character as attractive to as many people as I can, and I think that's kind of the whole point. Being too polite and being too much of a wet blanket is just, like, not sexy at all, and so I kind of strayed a little bit in the movie away from being too gentlemanly.

That’s true, Edward is extremely chivalrous in the book, which actually made me wonder if you thought of him as just a regular teenage guy, with, you know, teenage thoughts — or this 100-something-year-old mature being who's wise beyond his years?
Well, what I wanted to do — he still has the mentality of a 17-year-old, but he's seen all these things, so he's a bit jaded in a way. But at the same time, if you keep experiencing different stuff through the same eyes, you get a very crude vision of the world, and I think that makes him jaded — kind of more jaded than if you were just 108, because he has no level of acceptance, where if you are 108 years old, you're like, "Oh well, I’m going to die soon." But [Edward's] just still fighting with everything. Still fighting about, you know, when you’re 17 you're fighting everybody. You have a very volatile character and it just has never died down. But I never thought of him of more than a regular guy — I mean I grew up being kind of polite to people. I think he’s a normal kid. Also, I think being with [his father] Carlisle. . . I feel a father figure has put bounds around everything that is right and true. . . he's instilled those morals and virtues into him. He tries to live a little bit more like that.

Head over here for more of my interview with Pattinson, including his take on the appeal of vampires and whether Edward will sparkle "like My Little Pony."


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Darkpasion452 Darkpasion452 7 years
Rob is HOT
bellacullen14 bellacullen14 8 years
The movie was great!!
nicklover nicklover 8 years
Robert Pattinson is SO good looking! Can't wait to see it tomorrow! It's going to be great!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I'm driving down to my sister's house tonight so we can go see it tomorrow. Should be good!
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
I love that he's intelligent and so oblivious. I've got my midnight ticket!!
bella85 bella85 8 years
Kristen is the perfect Bella, Robert is the perfect Edward. I can't believe it - so exciteeeed ^^
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm so happy his career is climbing after Harry Potter. He was perfect for Cedric Diggory, and it's nice that he's getting more recognition and meatier parts.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I am not attracted to him, but he is much hotter now than he was in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He seems like a cool person, though.
Ineedclarity Ineedclarity 8 years
Two more days!!!
ediebaby ediebaby 8 years
He's like the new Shia only hotter and more talented.:love:
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I can't wait for this movie, already have my tickets for friday! great interview!!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Cannot wait to see the movie. But I have to wait till the following Tuesday.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I second the articulate statement- he was such a mess at Comic-con! But then again, it was pretty hard for him to get a word in edgewise with all the screaming that happened every time he tried to speak! :rotfl:
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
good questions, nice interview :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
Great interview!!! I cannot wait for this movie!
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
though i'm not into teenybopper stuff, i cannot wait for twilight and am excited for this. robert pattinson is dreamy.
dlmslp dlmslp 8 years
can't wait for friday to see how it compares to the book!
esmerb esmerb 8 years
this will hold me until i watch the movie... :D
yadiet yadiet 8 years
love the interview!! it was great. I already have my tickets ready for Friday!!! Can't wait.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
:rotfl: I so hope he doesn't sparkle. Poor guy had no idea what a huge deal he was going to be. Watch out dude, you're Clooney for tweeners.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
lilprisci - I had the same thought! When I met him he was eager to talk about his character and was really articulate. Maybe he just gets nervous taping live interviews?
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
Wow, he seems more articulate in this interview than in others I've seen... maybe he does better with print news than video ('cause some of the interviews I've watched left much to be desired - not in the looks department, obviously! haha)
totonlaura totonlaura 8 years
I can't wait to see the movie!!!!
c-a-t-h c-a-t-h 8 years
Those were some really insightful questions! The hhype surrounding the movie is crazy but I confess, I can't wait!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Great interview Buzz! I don't know much about Twilight (and I have no idea how they'll film this last book in the series) and the insight is interesting. I found Robert's statement "then I did 'this thing' called Comic-Con" really funny...guess those Brits don't know how crazy/huge/popular that convention has become.
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