Paul Morrison talk about Rob

From L.A. Times Dishrag:

'Little Ashes' director on 'Twilight' hunk Robert Pattinson's gay sex scenes

Paul Morrison, the director of "Little Ashes," a film about the strange, complex and forbidden love between Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca and surrealist painter Salvador Dali, talks about casting "Twilight" hero Robert Pattinson in the period piece.

Littleashespic11-1 At the time, Pattinson was just another undiscovered young British actor (he'd done "Harry Potter"), and little did Morrison know that this young man would draw unparalleled attention to this small film, which opens May 8.

Paul Morrison: I love the fact that an audience is going to be drawn to the film, partly through Rob, that wouldn't otherwise get to this kind of movie. We played the Belfast Film Festival last week and there were quite a few of Rob's fans there, not the majority by any means, and they loved it and they really took to it, so it's great that kids will be reached by the movie.

Dish Rag: Playing Salvador Dali is a daunting role for a young actor.

PM: Yeah, I don't think Rob realized what he was getting into when he agreed to do it, but he really worked hard at it, he really grappled with it, and I think he's done something very extraordinary. It's so difficult to do, because you have to tread light all the time between playing Dali as a young lovable young man, which he was, and suggesting the kind of pastiche of himself that he became in later life, that he presented to the public in later life, and that's a very tall order, and I think Rob pulled it off.

DR: The resemblance is actually quite amazing.

PM: The intensity was important, but I wasn't really looking for resemblance. And in the performance, I wasn't looking for mimicry either.

DR: How did you find Robert Pattinson?

PM: There are a lot of great young actors coming up in Britain, a couple years ago when I cast him, and I guess I saw all of them, all the ones that were available for me to see, and in Spain as well. We had to have a mix, because of, for reasons of the financial co-production, we had to have a mix of Spanish and UK actors. And originally, I was looking at Rob for Lorca, and thought we’d find our Dali in Spain, but he was so right for Dali that I switched it and we cast Dali in England and Lorca in Spain.

DR: So you had no notion of all this "Twilight" stuff, and you just watched all this happen as your film gets ready to be released.

Littleashespic3-1 PM: Yeah, it's just extraordinary, jaw dropping. And great for us. For a little film like this you need a bit of luck.

DR: It's wonderful to see a young actor like this, who despite the fame and the adulation is choosing a path and taking some extremely challenging and provocative roles. Do you think he will continue on that path?

PM: He is serious about acting and I am sure that, yeah, he will want to do roles that challenge him. I can't tell you how hard he worked on the role of Dali. I was encouraging him to just play the script, but he was for himself hunting down every day bits of film or tape or interviews or a biography of Dali. He worked really hard at it, both intellectually and emotionally. I think that's in his blood now, I think. I don't think he'll be satisfied with playing less than interesting roles.

DR: Well, he'll certainly want to do more than climb up pine trees and fly around.

PM: Yeah, I'm sure he's not complaining about that.

DR: Those gay sex scenes and the nude scenes, were those difficult for young actors Rob and Javier Beltran?

PM: I think they were difficult, but I think all sex scenes are difficult, and for all actors of all ages. And I find them difficult, certainly, to direct, and ... you have to get very intense about them, and as a director be clear as to what you're looking for so they know that they're acting and they're not doing it, and I think Rob probably found it harder than Javier, to draw the line between performance and, ah, but that was also in the nature of the part, that Dali's sexuality was so complicated, complex and mysterious, I think even to himself, and his fear of sexuality, and if you're playing that role, that kind of rubs off on you, so I think sex and pain were so closely entwined with Dali that to play those scenes is also hard, and the triangle sex scene is an unbelievably difficult scene. One of those scenes in everybody's life when you're doing something and you know it's really really wrong, it really, it goes against the grain, but you're doing it, so playing that scene is hard, it's always hard.

We also asked why Rob Pattinson and Javier Beltran appear in a blue-lighted, erotically charged water scene, once with underwear on and later, in Dali's recollection, without clothing.

PM: Yeah, what happens is that Dali recalls that scene later on, after Lorca's death, and in his memory they're not wearing underwear. So there is a nude scene, tastefully shot, of course."

Darn it — we mean, of course.


riddleinside said...

"there were quite a few of Rob's fans there...and they loved it and they really took to it, so it's great that kids will be reached by the movie"
KIDS????????? seriousely, people should start comprehending that Rob's fans ARE.NOT.KIDS!!!!*growl*
Is it that hard to get it?!!and if he's refering to Twilight fans; to me these books are for young adults not kids!
It's not kids who want to see little ashes!!
Sorry, I had to take this out of my chest: so irritating! and it's not flaterring for a promising actor as Rob to have "kids" as a fan base!

Rhonda said...

Oh how I love Dali's skewed memory! Good information. Thanks for posting!

anna F said...

you know, Paul Morrison was born in 44 according to imdb... so he's sort of over 60. He might mean something else than 12 years old when he says kids... especially when you take the movie's rating into account.

anna F said...

The article is really Rob oriented, I feel sort of sorry for the director. I mean, he might have liked to talk more about the movie itself. Then again, it's great advertisement for the movie, so PM also looks thankfull for that.

It's a very interesting article about Rob and his involvement in Little Ashes.

Krupa T said...

Kids?? dint we already have a poll here to decide that most of Rob's fans are nothing you can call kids??Im pretty sure even he wouldn't want any 'kids' to watch this movie!!

And i completely agree with Anna, here... Ppl shud stop concentrating on Rob( not tht i have a problem wth it;)) cuz its just not fair to the other ppl who are respomsible for the movie being a success!! Concentrate on the movie as a whole... Javier has also done excellent work in this movie!!

tinababy1 said...

Anna & Krupa - I'm sure PM is quite happy to talk about Rob. If it weren't for him hardly anyone would be seeing this film.

PM was the person who chose him for the part.

Good decision on his part.

anna F said...

I agree, PM doesn't seem upset about the questions being about only Rob. He perfectly knows that Rob is a great selling point for this movie to a wider audience.

It's actually me who is a bit shocked that every single questions was about Rob, not even one about the general topic, the movie making process or the other actors. There's not even the pretense of making an interview about anything else but Rob, and I feel that it's kind of rude and reductive for the movie (don't know if it's inglish, sorry).

But hey, I'm here because of Rob, so I'm always glad to hear something about him.

tinababy1 said...

Anna - this might not be the whole interview but only the Rob parts.
I would hope that the interviewer also asked many many questions about the film

Divinesally said...

Everyone that works with Rob praises him. He's such a hard worker, and gets a bit OCD with becoming the character. Which is perfect because he makes each role believable.

Just 1 more week! ROBvador here I cum!!!!!

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