On Friday night at the Guanajuato International Film in Mexico Life made it's Latin American premiere. Director Anton Corbijn was in attendance and conducted a Q&A after the screening of the movie.
Below are some extracts (translated using Google translate) where he talks about Robert Pattinson.
"GUANAJUATO, 26 July.- Although many related and pigeonhole the name of Robert Pattinson in the Twilight series, there are others, such as Dutch director Anton Corbijn who see beyond the stigma and / or social labels.
That's why I did not offer preposterous British actor the role of Dennis Stock, this famous photographer 50s that caught James Dean three months before his death in the film Life.
"After Twilight I felt Robert tried to choose characters away from this whole saga.
"He wants to prove to the world that he is a real actor can do challenging roles and that reminded me of Dennis Stock, a photographer who wanted to check he was good at what he did. That part was something I found in common between the two.
On the other hand, Robert is always being chased by photographers and I liked the idea that in the film he had to act like a photographer behind a star, Anton Corbijn said to questions expressed by Excelsior.
The filmmaker, who likewise attended the Festival last year to promote The most wanted man, was forceful in ensuring that while speaking of James Dean Life is not a movie about him, but the man behind the lens that made him some emblematic images that turned it around the world.
"Whoever thinks that this film is about James, I'm afraid to say that is not so.
"In fact, when I was offered the script I did not care because I did not want to make a film about James Dean, however, when I began to see that the story was more about the photographer, I felt I identified because basically that's what I've been doing for the last 40 years, " said Corbijn.
In addition to Robert Pattinson, Life features performances from Dane DeHaan, Ben Kingsley, Kristen Hager and Joel Elgerton.
This film was shot in Canada and does not have release date in Mexico. "
"Guanajuato.- Because after Twilight Robert Pattinson had shown he wanted to remove the image of an easy film actor, he was chosen to star in Life, directed by Anton Corbijn.
In the movie he plays professional photographer Dennis Stock, who came to have a friendly relationship with James Dean, legend of cinema. That closeness was born after the image Stock took of Dean in 1955.
"I had noticed that he took movies out of the ordinary (Bel Ami and Cosmopolis) wanting to check that he was a real actor; and good in his life he is chased by photographers, and now he must act as one, "the director recalled yesterday.
Life appeared Friday night at the Teatro Juarez in this city, in the framework of the International Film Festival that ended this weekend.
"It is not a biography of James Dean, so if people believe that's what they'll see they better get out," joked the filmmaker, shortly before the screening.
Life still has no release date in Mexico. It was launched internationally in February, during the Berlinale and now it was the event of the Bajio.
In September it will reach cinemas in France, UK and Ireland, one month later will be the turn of Italy and Germany."
Corbijn spoke with Sara Hoch to present his latest film at the historic Teatro Juarez, so the filmmaker traveled to Guanajuato to share with buffs his short film inspired by the friendship that had photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and the new promise of cinema in the mid-fifties, James Dean (Dane DeHaan)
On choosing Pattinson for the role of the photographer, he said he and Stock have a lot in common, at the time Stock sought recognition, the same goes for Pattinson, who sought the opportunity to demonstrate that he is a serious actor despite the latest movies that launched him to global fame.
He said he was not interested in making a film about the life of James Dean, the writer liked the character of the photographer and that is why on Friday night hundreds of people had the opportunity to see the film to be released in theaters film at the end of the year.
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