What’s a serious actor to do when the films that made him famous are widely regarded as terrible tripe by anyone over the age of 15? If you’re Robert Pattinson, you need to walk a fine line between acting grateful and letting everyone know you know they are terrible, as he did in a recent interview with French film magazine Premiere.
When discussing his more mature role in the upcoming David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis, Pattinson revealed that he’d read at least a few blog posts on the subject:
PREMIERE: The Cosmopolis teaser had the effect of a bomb on the internet…
ROB: I’ve been doing movie for 8 years & I’ve been criticized often & all of a sudden, this teaser is released & everyone is excited. “It looks great! His acting is good in it!” It’s ridiculous! It’s what makes you understand how the critical minds of some people work.
But as it turns out, his criticism of this (totally valid, IMO) line of thinking is not that he thinks the Twilight movies are good, but more that we should somehow be able to see that he’s a good actor in spite of the terrible material he was given. Also, the terrible directing:
PREMIERE: Most of the critics said you sucked without having seen you in any movies. And you were good in Twilight!
ROB: In some scenes maybe… I tried anyway.. I’d like to ask a question to those people who think I just started acting well: What do you think I was doing in twilight? Do they think it’s how I act naturally? No, I had to take decisions as an actor. I find it funny when I read stuff like (He uses a dramatic voice) “Will Cosmopolis finally prove that he can act?” What does that even mean?
I’m not sure how that question could be any clearer. He was not so good in Twilight, but people are willing to blame it on factors beyond his control, because if someone offered you a million dollars to be in a terrible movie, you’d probably do it, too. We’re on your side, dude.
Personally, I can’t wait until R-Patz has the Twilight saga truly behind him and he doesn’t have to “take decisions” (which I’m assuming is a weird translation of “take direction”) from someone hell-bent on making a horrible movie for teenagers. He won’t have to get weirdly defensive in interviews, and he will be able to fully utilize his talents. Assuming he has talent, anyway. Which I think/hope this movie will prove. Sorry, but it’s true.