A new Italian interview with Robert Pattinson about his role in Life, has been published in the newspaper Corriere della Serra. It's a translated interview and so the accuracy may not be the best. An excerpt of the translation is copied below:
“To set myself free from the Twilight saga, I agreed to be the co-star in Life”, says the actor who plays the star’s photographer who died 60 years ago.
“Twilight? I am proud to have been a part of it. I am no longer forced to pursue a job as I did before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The fame sprung after that still puts me at ease, also on the economic side, to select only the projects I believe in. And Life is the proof of that.”
Q: What effect did it have on you to be the photographer and not the subject of the pictures for once?
“I realized how much it may be difficult to deal with a star. When you’re on the red carpet you actually don’t even see the photographers, you move doing some poses, often studied, but you can’t see the faces, you only see the flashes. Of course, it wasn’t easy for a photographer of that time, as well as certainly it isn’t today. However, Dean was able to keep his private life enough hidden. It was a different era, but there wasn’t less greed to know the intimate details of his daily life than nowadays.”
Q: Idol of the young generation, beautiful, certainly not a “bad boy”, but still quite with a dark charm: when you got the script, did you think you would be the right one for the role of James Dean?
“I think one might think of it, but it wouldn’t be the right choice for both the good of the character as well as for me. They would start the comparisons, I would be accused of presumption and then, perhaps, I would not be able to give that little extra that instead DeHaan managed to do. From my point of view, been able to play Stock and his way of relating to someone so elusive, but in his way charming, magnetic, posed a challenge is even more exciting than to impersonate Dean.”
Q: At the time of that story Stock was 27, he was already a father and he had to struggle between work and family while pursuing his dream of becoming an accomplished photographer: you are almost the same age, 29, you are already famous and you don’t have a family: it seems that there can’t be a more distant character…
“At a first glance yes, but these aren’t the characteristics which most define a person. Both the success and becoming a parent are variables that depend on you, or rather, not only on you. You need luck and find a person who, in addition to love, wants the same things that you want at the time you want them. Stock was like me in the determination to wanting to be an artist, and also in that bit of initial embarrassment that I often feel when I relate myself with someone for the first time.”
Q: Are you a shy person?
“No, but I need some time to open up to anyone.”
Q: Even romantically?
“With anyone, even in love.”
Q: Did you ever fear that the label “the one from that Twilight movie” could negatively affect your future in acting?
“The success of Twilight is something special that I will never regret. Since I started this career I am trying to improve myself, to challenge myself with different roles compared to those I have already interpreted. If in 10 years they will speak of me still just as “the one from Twilight”, the blame will be mine alone.”
Thanks for the tip Nancy / Source / Source / Translation via RP Australia