Another NEW Interview with Robert Pattinson & David Cronenberg From the Toronto "Cosmopolis" Press Junket.
This one is from The Vancouver Sun is a great read and as per usual David only has good things to say about Rob.
TORONTO — Celebrated Canadian director David Cronenberg and Twilight star Robert Pattinson are hardly anti-establishment radicals.
But you would never know it from their film collaboration, Cosmopolis, which opens in theatres across Canada June 8.
Cosmopolis has already had its splashy premiere at the recent Cannes Film Festival, but the Toronto-based Cronenberg and the London-raised Pattinson are happy to be back in the city where they shot the film just last year.
Looking casual in slacks and shirts at a downtown Toronto hotel, the dapper filmmaker and handsome baseball cap-wearing leading man are making themselves available to promote the film, which exposes modern-day obsessions with greed and power.
But Cronenberg said that Cosmopolis is less an excuse for socio-political diatribes and more about an opportunity to present a fresh story. And yes, the 69-year-old understands that the film hits screens as anti-capitalist protests abound worldwide.
The movie, based on the 2003 Don DeLillo novel, tracks the bizarre day in the life of young Manhattan billionaire investor Eric Packer (Pattinson)
The role is Pattinson’s most demanding, so far. But he knew that reality when he signed up for it.
“I’m in pretty much every scene in the movie,” he said. “It was terrifying for me until I started doing the movie.”
Apparently, Cronenberg helped him through some of the more difficult moments, but the actor soon realized extra effort was required because he would be expected to do the dialogue exactly as written.
“I quite liked mechanically learning lines,” Pattinson said. “I spent every night of the shoot going over them.”
It’s no fluke that the Packer part is a notable transitional role away from his dreamy vampire Edward. Pattinson will end his five year relationship with the Twilight series, and Edward, after the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 on Nov. 16.
Certainly, the avant-garde tone of Cosmopolis and the cynical outlook of Packer are major departures for the 26-year-old.
“Normally, you can tell what’s going to happen in a script when you are five pages into it, but not with this,” said Pattinson. “It’s crazy to feel the danger of doing something like Cosmopolis, but it was also exciting once I started doing it.”
At the climax, Packer has a 22-minute verbal stand off with a former employee (Paul Giamatti), who has threatened to murder him. The dialogue-heavy confrontation seems more suited to the stage than screen.
Certainly, the latest Cronenberg film represents his return to a more bizarre way of dressing up a film compared to his straightforward approach with last year’s A Dangerous Method.
But the director believes all of his movies — from Shivers to Cosmopolis — have one thing in common.
“I’ve always been interested in language,” Cronenberg said. “The language has always been crucial to me. My creative roots are more literary than cinematic.”
Indeed, Cronenberg and Pattinson relished the opportunity to make the wordy Cosmopolis interplay come together at the conclusion.
“We discovered stuff like the priest-confessional kind of thing that evolved,” said the director.
Pattinson added: “We knew when we were doing it that no one had ever done anything like this before, and it should not work.”
Meanwhile, their partnership will continue in some form. “We are hoping to work together again,” Cronenberg confirmed.
“There are no greenlit movies, but we don’t want to stop with Cosmopolis. We had a really good time, and Rob (Pattinson) has become one of my favourite actors.”
Smiling bashfully, Pattinson can’t help but to nod toward Cronenberg, offering a quiet ‘Thank you.’
“That’s fantastic,” he said. “I didn’t think of myself, particularly, as an actor, until now.”
Check out the full article over at The Vancouver Sun