Let's get to the dish! Perhaps even something you haven't read before. We met Robert, we chatted with him, we learned that, before he was cast as troubled painter Salvador Dali in the indie-film Little Ashes, Rob was disillusioned and ready to give up acting for a possible music career.
TeenHollywood: Your "Cullen" cast members said that you weren't too swift on playing baseball either but you picked it up?
Rob: (chuckles) Everybody's been saying that! I'm terrible. I'm completely malcoordinated. I'm terrible at all sports. Also, I don't see the point as well. I even had a baseball coach. Catherine was so determined to make me look like a professional baseball player, and literally I couldn't take it seriously. They were like, 'you've got to have a ready position'. So for the rest of shoot, every single time, there's like confusion with the blocking or anything, I'd say, 'look, I'll do it in my 'ready position', no matter what the scene was. Like the sex scene or whatever. I'll come out in my 'ready position'. (we both chuckle)
TeenHollywood: Hilarious. How much of the stunt work did you do?
Rob: My hand-eye coordination is bad but I did quite a few of them. But I had a good stunt double as well. He's a professional free runner. I can do something and get injured and look like crap playing it or he can do it and make it look really good and no one notices the difference. After a while, I tried to do the Tom Cruise thing (his own stunts) but I eventually gave up. But I did a whole bunch of it. I managed to pick up so many injuries whenever I tried the simplest of stunts. I went to pick up Kris and I almost ripped my hamstring. It's not even a stunt.
TeenHollywood: So you're saying that Kristen Stewart is heavy?
Rob: (laughs) No. She weighs like 50 pounds. I literally did one squat. And this was after three months of training. I don't know what it takes.
TeenHollywood: When you were a teen or kid, was there a movie you couldn't wait to see just like many fans can't wait for this one?
Rob: I'm sure there was. Can't remember but right now I can't wait till The Wrestler (starring Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei) comes out.
TeenHollywood: That's a bummer. You play the artist Salvador Dali in a film. Very, very different from this one. How was that experience?
Rob: I did that before Twilight and I was going to give up acting before that. I did the casting about two years before to play Lorca and they said 'we found a Spanish guy who looks just like Lorca to play Lorca'. Do you want to play Dali? Which is like the opposite part to Lorca. They told me four days before shooting. I was just so disinterested in acting at the time. I just thought 'oh, a three-month vacation in Spain, okay'. I went there and it was so intense the whole time and everybody was speaking Spanish and I don't speak a word of Spanish. The whole crew was Spanish. I was the only English person there for the majority of the time. It gave me a reason to really focus on the script and the research to a ridiculous degree. It was the only thing I did for the entire time.
TeenHollywood: So you got swept up in preparing for the role?
Rob: Yeah. I had this whole series of photos. And figuring out the way he would move his body. There's a picture of him pointing. I spent days trying to figure out 'how did he get his arm like that?' It was probably unnecessary but it was the one time I felt like slightly satisfied. But I wanted to bring that intensity to every job. And even though this was essentially a teen movie when they were talking about it, I thought 'it doesn't have to be a teen movie. Nothing has to be what it's predefined as'. So I fought with people a lot on it. I kind of relented after a while because I didn't know what I was doing (he laughs). But I was determined for it not to be a cheesy, cash-in movie. I hope it isn't. I haven't seen it yet.
TeenHollywood: Why were you so disillusioned?
Rob: Just mainly because when most films are being made now they're designing it to make money even before it's started shooting. Prejudging an audience is completely impossible to do. 'Audiences bought this so they're going to like this'. It's impossible to do. But you're going to make the same movie again and again. No one's going to break out of it. I just thought, 'I don't want to be adding shit to the pile so I might as well complain about it and not be part of it'.
TeenHollywood: Was music your Plan B?
Rob: Well, I was doing music but my sisters were saying 'you can't make money out of music' so I thought 'why not just see what happens with acting and don't really bow down to anybody?' If you get fired, you get fired. I got fired before a few years ago. I was like 'whatever. Maybe something might come along'. You can't not do it. I really love films. So I'd like it if there was another golden age (of films) like the '70s. I don't think that will be for a while.
TeenHollywood: Is there a moment you're looking forward to in the next Twilight movies?
Rob: Definitely the second one. The second one's my favorite book and I think you can really change the character at the end. He's distraught and every ounce of confidence he has in the first one is gone by the end of the second one by his reappearance at the end when he's essentially committing suicide. He can really completely change his image, like, nothing in the rest of the books. I can create something quite special with it, I think... if they let me. (laughs.)
TeenHollywood: Would you want to be immortal?
Rob: No way! I just want to get to 32. That's the age I'm looking forward to.
TeenHollywood: Do you wish they'd let you cut your hair?
Rob: (running his fingers through it) Hey, I did cut it. (with a pouty look) No one's even noticed. (laughs)
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