Part 2 of Good Praddle Interview w/ Rob

'Twilight' actor Robert Pattinson [Part 2]

We have returned with the second half of our interview with Robert Pattinson. Herein he and I continue to discuss Twilight, during which we touch on Edward's perpetual teenage angst and on the somewhat totally-not-okay dimension that Edward's real age brings to his relationship with Bella, and we discuss his upcoming independent film, Little Ashes, in which he portrays a young Salvador Dali. Enjoy this piece.

Well, it sounds like you’re drawing mostly from Midnight Sun in terms of your interpretation of the role, but at the same time I imagine you’re also drawing from Twilight because clearly Bella doesn’t perceive him the same way that he perceives himself. Yeah. I mean, to be honest, I only got Midnight Sun about two thirds of the way through the shoot. I had already—but when you read Twilight, Edward just seems like—I mean, unless you want to play it as a cardboard cutout, and just pose in every single scene, it seems like an almost impossible character to play. I mean, Bella just refuses to see any flaws in him at all, and as it’s from her perspective, there are no flaws. He has no flaws in the book. At all. Because she doesn’t see them. And that’s just impossible to play that, because it’s not a real character. And everybody who reads the book obviously kind of has their own interpretation of it, and because he is so enigmatic, I guess, people interpret him to be whoever they want him to be. But I don’t know, I guess I was also thinking, the whole time, if a girl really loves you that much and at the core of it you just won’t commit to her, then you’re really weakened by that. You can’t ever fully be satisfied… in multiple ways, obviously.

[laughs] But I was talking to Stephenie Meyer about that, saying, “The guy must be chronically depressed,” and she was saying, “No, he’s not, he’s not, he’s not.” [pauses] But I still maintain that he was. [laughter]
That would be an interesting spin. I mean, it’s not like depressed, but just this sort of loneliness. I mean, when you see him at school he doesn’t really talk to anyone. He must get bored after a while, only hanging out with the same four people in his life.

So not depressed, just perpetually angsty? Yeah, kind of angsty! [laughs] I don’t know, that’s another thing, because I was trying to establish whether he would stay at the mentality of a seventeen-year-old, and I think that’s kind of what he did. You can have as many experiences as you want, but if you’re still in the mind of a seventeen-year-old, it must be very frustrating. Or having the world still see you as a kid when you’re not a kid any more. Things like that. I think that a lot of how people mature is just the rest of the world treating you like an older person, not just living a long time.

Well, I think if he matured too much beyond seventeen years, then the central love story would take on an entirely different dimension. [laughs] Oh, yeah, definitely. That would be creepy! [laughs] I mean, that’s kind of as I saw it—that’s pretty gross! I mean, at the same time, the way I sort of saw it is that he is amused, in a way, by that. Because he knows he essentially is still seventeen, in most ways, and at the same time he’s not. So it’s kind of funny that he falls for the girl he sits next to in his high school biology lesson— [laughs] And it is kind of interesting that they end up having a conventional teenage relationship in a lot of ways. Like, dating and stuff.

Yeah. Does either of them bring that up in the movie or the books? Like, “Technically, I’m 103 years older than you”?
I can’t remember if they bring it up in the book… I don’t know. I mean, I tried to incorporate something of that air. It’s when she’s kind of getting angry with him, or giving him advice, and like— [laughter] It’s kind of like, “...Oh, shut up!” [laughter] But he doesn’t actually say it, yeah.

At the core of the series the two of them are essentially playing a duet, so to speak, so the way one character is portrayed would really be heavily influenced by the other, right? How did Kristen Stewart choose to portray Bella? Well, that kind of changed my whole idea of it, because I really had no idea how to play the character. I mean, he’s so strong and kind of omniscient in the book that it’s very difficult to… it’s just kind of difficult to portray this aura of this guy who is anywhere at all times and can do anything. But when I met Kristen I did the screen test with her, and she is very strong. Just naturally, she’s not the kind of damsel in distress at all. So just reading it without comparing that at all, it kind of made me realize the kind of a balance that Edward has with her, not being able to have these relationship and all these frustrations he has beside him. It made it easier to portray. It makes much more sense, when the relationship is with someone you can rely on, and the girl is much stronger than the average—I mean, I guess that’s kind of what changed. I mean, I really didn’t expect the girl who’s playing Bella to be that strong when I went in.

Okay. I actually wanted to ask you about another role, in Little Ashes, where you play Salvador Dali. How did you become familiar with the subject matter? Well, I was attached to that for about, I guess, about two years, and I was initially going to play [Federico] García Lorca. And somehow… I don’t know what happened. They asked me to read for Dali, and that was about a year after I—it took ages to get this film made. It was a really interesting script, and about a year after I was in mind for Lorca I read for Dali, and about a year after that they suddenly said, “Oh, we’ve got money, we’re doing it in Spain, and it stars in four days!” [laughter] So I came and I just thought it would be kind of fun—I mean, you know the stuff Dali makes, kind of crazy—and I thought it would be quite fun to do. And I went to Barcelona to shoot this, and I was rehearsing with the guy who was actually going to play Lorca, who’s a Spanish guy who didn’t know how to speak English, and pretty much the entire cast and the entire crew were Spanish. I think we had one English person in it. And I can’t speak Spanish.

Oh no! [laughs] I couldn’t speak to anyone the whole time. And so I just sat over this Dali stuff. I just read and read and read, and it was one of the most satisfying jobs I’ve ever done because it was the one time that I really had zero distractions. It really changed my whole attitude toward acting. And it was a tiny, tiny, film, which— [laughs] I don’t think anyone will ever see it, probably! But it was very interesting. Especially since I don’t look anything like Dali.[laughs] But at the end of the job, I kind of did look like him…

Well, he’s got a very distinct look. He’s got the mustache, and—did you wear the mustache? Well, I only played him when he was about 26, and he got the mustache in his 40s, I think.

Aw… Yeah. [laughs] So… I do have a mustache, but it’s a little bit shorter. Not quite the character one. The story of the movie is basically what led what was essentially this chronically shy kid who was massively talented—Dali had already mastered every style of painting by the time he was thirteen—he was an astonishingly talented guy. And he was virtually incapable when he was growing up, he was so chronically shy, and he grew into this caricature of this guy who had absolutely no fear of anything. And the story of the film signifies the time when he became that caricature.

Well, he’s a fascinating guy. I didn’t even know that there was going to be a film about him until I started preparing for this interview, and when I found out I was excited because I—while you were shooting and while you were in Spain, did you get to visit his home? Yeah, I did. I did. And it’s incredible. I mean, I went to the place where he had his childhood house as well, in Cadaques. There are loads of little interesting things—there’s this beach in Cadaques that has these really weird volcanic rock formations.

Yeah, that town is beautiful. And further into the town, ninety percent of the postcards are of the Dali house. Oh, everything. It’s like Dali town. [laughs]Everyone’s met him. Everyone has a story about him. It was really strange. And they were so upset that there was an Englishman playing him as well! [laughs]

Oh no! [laughs] I know. Yeah, but it worked out quite well. I hope the movie does well; I actually haven’t seen the movie yet, just the trailer for it. It looks quite good. Wait, have you been to Cadaques?

Oh, yeah, I have; I’ve been a couple of times with my family. Oh, that’s really strange! We were shooting in this old—somebody had tried to make a Club Med or something—

[laughs] Oh god! Yeah, on that beach, that weird beach. And it obviously didn’t make any money, because things come on that beach and they just die![laughs]

I think I might even know what you’re talking about, actually! [laughs] Yeah, like a ghost town! It’s so strange. Yeah, we shot a lot of the stuff there. Yeah, I really, really liked the town a lot.

Yeah, it’s so beautiful there. And it’s so intimate, because everything is within walking distance and the town is so small and everybody’s so friendly. I love the little coves along the beaches. They’re like your own little private beaches.

Yeah. I mean, there are so many of them that you can pick and choose. You can find one to your exact specifications if you like! [laughs] Yeah, exactly.

So you mentioned doing a lot of research to find out about—I mean, how much did you know about Dali before getting involved with the film?Nothing at all, really. I kind of… nothing. I wasn’t even really that big a fan of his art. And even now, I kind of really love the guy as a person. I mean, I find him fascinating, and in a really weird way I kind of related to him a lot. And I appreciate his art a lot more—as with a lot of artists who are painters and stuff, I enjoy their art more once I know the sort of backstory behind it! [laughs] I don’t know why, really.

No, no, I sympathize.
Yeah, I mean, I always kind of like—and the way he writes prose. He wrote three or four biographies, each of which totally contradicts the last one. They’re, like completely opposite. Which I thought was a really great idea. But, yeah. I didn’t know anything about him before. But now I know… a lot about him.[laughs]

This concludes the second half of our interview with Robert Pattinson. Twilight opens November 21st, and in 2009 you can keep an eye out for his upcoming films Little Ashes and How to Be.

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60 comments:

Dani said...

Good praddle gets my kudos for not shoving Twilight down our throats. I love that we got to hear about Little Ashes and Dali. Rob has such an interesting perspective on the characters he plays it is truely facinating.

Gozde said...

Great interview, muchos gracias Dani :-) I can actually see him saying this: [laughs] Oh god! Yeah, on that beach, that weird beach. And it obviously didn’t make any money, because things come on that beach and they just die![laughs]

Ellie said...

Does he really think no one's going to see "Little Ashes"????

Gozde said...

It's his classic self depreciating self Ellie :-) I see you could log in this time. It's not a problem with our blog, you should maybe get in touch with google/blogger if it keeps happening :-)

Ellie said...

I think I figured out what was wrong; I had to type this in as one that I follow in the profile section. Hopefully it will stay in this time (lately, your blog is the only one I follow~Love it here...
And Goz, hope you're feeling better.I wrote on another post about your immune system being out of whack (Stress, PhD, etc....).
Maybe you'll get the much-deserved rest that you so desperately need.

Gozde said...

Thanks Ellie, it's definitely the stress/sleep deprivation. I am being a couch potato for today and catching up on Grey's Anatomy :-))

Amy said...

Hi Girls!!!!

Sorry about not posting last night, I didn't get back until really late.

Amy said...

I'm guessing most of you saw the show on YouTube??!! I was going to write a full on report on here but I figured it would take up a lot of space...

BTW, thanks for putting up all the new interviews and the InStyle scans :)

Gozde said...

Amy! Spill! How was it? :-)) Are you deaf? :P

Amy said...

Goz, I'm just going to post it here in the comment part. It might be long. So you don't need to post it on the main page.

MiCh said...

Morning girls!

Rob is on the cover of a Sunday supplement of a mexican newspaper! I drove to the mall to buy some things for the breakfast and took the newspaper without realizing who was on the cover of the supplement. I was driving back to my home and in a stop, opened the newspaper.. and Rob was there, lighting up my morning!

There are some PDFs in the newspaper's website, but I think soon we'll find some scans in RPSource or something.
Only want to tell you this, that my day is better because Rob is on my table winking at me n_n

Kate said...

Lucky you mich ;-)
Amy hope you have some hearing left, can't wait to hear all about it ;-)

Gozde said...

Amy: Cool can't wait :-)) I really hope you got to meet him, you so deserve it.

MiCh: nice :-) I'll look for the scan!

Lynn said...

Beautiful interview! Thank you, Ms. Dani!

Wow, I didn't realize that Rob considered Little Ashes for so long, I mean to take on a potentially controversial and edgy role speaks volumes about Rob's versatility and maturity. I mean actors could even fathom a quote, unquote gay role at 19 years, Rob is like an alien in that realm.

Goz--I also loved his descriptions of the beach...Rob is definitely someone that can get lost in his surroundings.

Lynn said...

Dammit....I never proof on here.

I meant that most actors could not even fathom a quote, unquote gay role at 19 years old.

The triple latte has not kick in!

Amy said...

First off, I love all people usually no matter what their flaws are, however at this moment I really dislike screaming fan girls. (Sorry screaming fan girls, I’m sure you are all very lovely outside of Twilight mania) but seriously people need to take a breather before going out to these things so you can enjoy the opportunity of seeing a cast up close and personal like this event was supposed to be about. I had to have a couple drinks after witnessing this madness, haha. I have no idea how the cast manages it, because I still have a ringing in my ear! I so wish I had a megaphone last night. I’m not kidding. I almost got smacked in the head with a copy of the Twilight book from one girl flailing it around trying to get an autograph! Everyone seems to forget that you have to be semi-QUIET in order to hear answers to questions. (I’m sure me saying this will have no effect whatsoever, but I just wanted to put it out there again) hahaha ok my rant portion of this report is over :) Also, I do realize not everyone there last night was screaming their head off, some people were very cool, calm, collective and mature. I was saw quite a few who kept their composure and just stared in amazement patiently trying to listen.

Lynn said...

kicked in....duh!

Lynn said...

Amy---thank you so much for candor and frankess! Personally, I would be one of the reserved ones. But, as a mother, I am sickened by the lack of control from the parents with their little fangurlz.

Jewels64 said...

Morning everyone! Great way for me to start another Rob day! Super interview. I am looking very forward to Little Ashes. Has anyone seen the trailer...? I'm going to check it out.

Amy said...

Sorry I meant to say 'I saw', haha not 'I was' - bare with me here, I'm typing fast and words get lost...lol

Ok..

Anyway, the cast showed up & screaming ensued (I had my earplugs handy ladies!!!!!! And they actually worked a little bit sorta, haha). K so moving along...they all arrived and took time to sign autographs which was VERY wonderful of them (they continued to do this throughout the hour by the way!) A lot of people got their autograph and you could tell Rob, Kristen, Rachelle and Nikki were happy to walk around in the rain and do it which was great – they were so gracious with the fans. It’s always nice to see actors do this when some of those people have been waiting for days/hours. Of course the show is only an HOUR long so that is also why they were being told to come inside quickly by the producers and host. I don’t think the host/ Much Music was doing it purposely to piss people off and hurt feelings (I have read this on some other sites btw), but they all had a job to do and that was to try and talk with the cast live for ONLY an hour. The interview was ok, not the best. I personally am not a fan of interviews done there. MTV Canada may have been better?! But that's just IMO.

R, K, N & R seemed all very happy to be there and be together for something - especially Rachelle because she was in her home country. The questions in the interview were waaaaaay too rushed I found and the cast didn’t answer anything really earth shattering that we don’t know already. Actually they didn’t answer much at all when asked a couple things. They all looked incredible, but were overwhelmed like always...

Gozde said...

Thanks for the recap Amy :-)) I am glad you had earplugs :P

Jules: I don't think Little Ashes released a trailer. Let me know if you find it.

Lynn said...

Amy---thanks again! Rob, Nikki, Kristen and Rachelle seemed so gracious considering the inclement weather and the intensity of the crowds.

In any case, they were be shell shocked back in HelLA, it's going to be in the 80's tomorrow and it's smokey to boot. Hope, they are loading up on their vitamins, because, everyone here is getting sick with the extreme weather changes.

Good morning, Jewels!

Amy said...

So on to Rob – Oooooh Robert, Oooooo my my my haha!! I didn’t get to meet him sadly :( I fought though let me tell you. But because the show was so rushed and it had to keep moving, I got bumped. No big deal though b/c I did see him up close as he was only a few feet away (which was good enough for me!) and he really is incredibly gorgeous *obviously* and a total sweetheart and much taller in person. And that accent, boy oh boy …haha. You do kind of go into AWE mode when you see him though, lol. I just stared and tried to listen in and because I have friends who work there and I also didn’t want to be overly excited, I was trying to be extremely chill ;)

He signed sooooo many autographs and was on the makeshift runway signing and taking pictures for as long as he could - again super sweet! Funniest part of the interview which I could see on the screen inside they had set up was when Perez Hilton called in via video chat and met Rob (sorta!) hahaha and asked if he was dating anyone? - Which Rob then proceeded to say he was and pointing to a fan girl in the audience, (her heart probably stopped I think) haha and then said NO he is not! Again, we ALL already know this :) but I guess repeating that fact is still good though to help out those still oblivious who haven’t quite gotten it from all the other times he has said it in interviews, haha.

Eva said...

amy, thanks for sharing.
I'm glad that out there are some more normal fans.

dani, thanks for the interview, so glad that someone asked Rob about Little Ashes.

I'm not that familiar with Dali, but I know some of his story and I can recognize few pieces of his work. I can't wait to see the movie with Rob.

Dani said...

Amy babe! Awesome recap thank you. Sorry you didnt get to meet him but love that you were so freakin' close. That's wonderful.

I haven't watched much of the vids of the event I dont watch them much anymore due to the screaming but neato for you babe, and youre a fabulous fan I'm sure they appreciated at least a few of you weren't screaming.

La Stella said...

So there is a trailer of Shiny Man God with a freaky mustache.

Why are they torturing me like that???

DirtyD said...

Amy you lucky girl! Thanks for sharing.

MiCh said...

I read the supplement, it has interviews with Rob, Kristen and Stephenie, and that "history of beautiful vampires" which was in another mag.

About Rob.. the girl who interviewed him compares Edward with Louis (Brad Pitt) and says that Rob is "the vampire of new millenium" and that he looks exactly like Edward: with golden messy hair and dark circles behind his beautiful eyes (then Rob kissed her cheek and said "good morning, be welcome! Aww, so sweet!)

Some cute answers.. He said that "he looks weird, he's not handsome as Edward, that's the reason he had played weird people, like Dali in Little Ashes and Art in How to Be". Then the girl reminds him that he played Cedric Diggory, the most handsome guy of Hogwarts, and he say: "yes, Cedric was handsome, but a normal handsome; Edward is the most handsome of the world!". Then he talked a lot about how the crew had to take care of his make up and hair, and find his good angles to make him look "at least pretty". Please someone give him a mirror! :D
Of course he talked about how awesome is Kristen and how they worked to make Twilight an interesting movie, not a typical "vampire movie". He talked a little about Little Ashes and how hispanic people may be interested in the movie, and that he didn't expect the great reception he had in his visit to Mexico.

Kristen talked about how the fans truly believe she's Bella and when she said something, people said: oh, Bella wouldn't say that!

And SM said that she doesn't like vampires but she had this "meadow dream" with Edward saying he was a vampire and then she had to write a vampire story. (Uh, interesting)

The rest is the same, the audition, the Rob-Kristen on-screen chemistry and SM on the set.

Seriously, can't wait for the movie!

Jewels64 said...

I'm still looking for the trailer... Wonder how the interviewer with Good Praddle saw it? Mind boggling. I'll be searching all day.

Must get my talk in now, my brother is coming in from Fort Worth and the computer is in our guest room. Hey! I'll actually go to bed at a decent hour tonight!LOL!

Amy! You rock! I'm so jealous/happy for you!

Gozde said...

Thanks MiCh and Amy for the recaps/news :-) I'm glad someone reminded him that Cedric was the most handsome/charismatic character at Hogwarts. He keeps depreciating himself :-)

Amy said...

Oh no problem ladies :) I figured all of you heard accounts last night from people on different fan sites, so I could wait until today to report back :)

And BTW, I'm 23 years old so yelling and screaming would be kind of inappropriate and ridiculous and ummm also very embarrassing & it's not in my nature anyway!

Dani said...

There is another interview posted at imdb. He mentions the painful crotch experience of wirework again. Not a whole lot of new info but its a decent read. Can't post I'm on my pod.

What is everyone reading these days?

Gozde said...

Which one Dani? I checked the threads couldn't find the new one.

La Stella said...

Amy thanks for sharing that with us =). In the Mexico event there was a 40 year old woman, and she was screaming her head off (even though she had said that Rob wasn't her Edward), so I'm guessing maturity doesn't come in age. LOL.

And Dani, I'm currently reading this book by Saramago. It's the book the movie Blindness is based in. (you were talking about books right?)

Jewels64 said...

Dani, I'm reading Diana Whiteside's Texas Vampire series. Very hot, very steamy....

Gozde said...

I'm reading "HP: Prisoner of Azkaban" and I'll start Twilight for the 5th time tomorrow :-) Tho I am debating, it might not be a good idea to read the book right before the movie.

Dani said...

It says "Pattinson finds Twilight his Dawning Moment" it doesnt look like an article post by the thread title.

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Gozde said...

Oh I saw that and thought it was the same as this one:))

http://www.robsessedpattinson.com/2008/11/robert-pattinsons-twilight-brings-dawn.html

I'll check it out now :-)

Jewels64 said...

Hey did ya'll see that Fandango has a sweepstakes trip promoting Twilight. Win a trip for 2 to Portland, Oregon!

Dani, wouldn't it be a riot if one of silly nuts entered and won?

Ellie said...

Amy, thank you so much for your first-hand account (while reading it, I was SO living vicariously through you).
They all seem so gracious and accommodating.
And glad your ear plugs helped a bit.

Dani said...

Maybe it is? I have read so many its hard to tell what articles are new anymore. I'm going to read Twilight again for like the 10ty time starting tonight.

I'm also reading "Here at the End of the World we Learn to Dance"
By Lloyd Jones. It is an amazing book I'm loving it.

Dani said...

Jules that would be fantastic if one of you guys won. Im hoping to see the cast at some point randomly in the city when they come here again. Perhaps a Jackson sighting that leads to a Rob meeting.

Ellie said...

I'm reading The Host for the third time...

Kate said...

Aah Amy thanks for your "report" glad you brought the ear plugs, pity you didn't get to meet him :-( but so glad you got "upclose" ;-)

I'd be exactly the same there'd be not screaming out if me either in fact I'd probably lose m tongue altogether.

Anyway what a great experience you had seeing them all- I'm a little bit green here!! actually more than a little bit LOL

DirtyD said...

Thank God for this site- its the only thing that is wiping an ugly scowl of my face. My son took a bottle of baby shampoo and left a trail from the bathroom down the hall and through his room, on his bed and then dumped the remainder of the bottle in a pile- and everything except the bathroom is carpeted. Toddlers!!!!!

Anyhoo now that I'm done venting- for those that have read The Host, did you like it? I have it but am waiting to read until after I have seen Twilight. I've read that series like 6 times and am still not tired of it.

Gozde said...

Aww, Dana! That sucks! I think God makes sure you fall in love with your kids the time they are born, otherwise they wouldn't be bearable :-))

The Host is FANTASTIC! The first chapters are very hard to get through but once you get into the story it's amazing. You should definitely read it, but as I said you need to be patient with the first few chapters :)

Ellie said...

Goz, I totally agree.
Dana, the first chapters, for the set-up are a little hard to get through (not all that easy teenage banter back and forth like in Twilight) but once you get into it, it's so worth it. I didn't think anything would keep me up reading until 2 in the morning like Twilight did, but The Host certainly got me hooked. I can definitely see a movie in this one...

Ellie said...

And sorry to hear about the shampoo!
:(

Ellie said...

...at least the carpeting will smell REAL nice and look glossy for a real long time.
Maybe Rob's head of hair ought to meet up with your little one some time!

Amy said...

Tv Guide's website and it says that Rob and Kristen will be on the Today Show on NBC Thursday, Nov. 20th.

So looks like Rob and Kristin will be doing shows in NYC for the later half of this upcoming week. Geez busy bee's they are. Fly back to LA for the premiere and then fly off again to New York for more press.

I'm also going to venture a guess that Rob will pre-tape his Ellen appearance since it is to air on the 21st.

I can't wait for Rob to get back to London so he can CHILL out and relax.

Gozde said...

I am going to NYC on the 24th :-(( Damn it!

Ellie said...

Crap! I have an IEP meeting at work that day and can't take off and go into the city; so close yet so far away... (damn!!!).

Amy said...

Toronto Star interview...

http://www.thestar.com/
entertainment/article/537361

Gozde said...

We already have it up Amylicious :-)

Amy said...

Oh sorry! haha I didn't see that :)

DirtyD said...

Look at this photo and be prepared to drool. Click on it for HQ.

http://www.robertpattinsonsource.org/gallery/displayimage.php?album=162&pos=71

DirtyD said...
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Gozde said...

hehe, nice butt :-)

Ellie said...

sweet cheeks :)

 
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