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star.gif Robert Pattinson doesn't suck

By Louis Peitzman

Question: How do you stop a mob of unruly tweens?

Answer: You don't.

On the morning of Nov 10, 3,000 Twilight fans tried to rush their way into the Stonestown Galleria, all for a chance to meet Robert Pattinson. In the ensuing chaos, several young'uns got trampled, one girl allegedly broke her nose, and almost everyone was turned away. (I'm guessing that last bit hurt the most of all.)

For the uninitiated, Pattinson stars as vampire heartthrob Edward in the film adaptation (out Nov 21) of Stephenie Meyer's ludicrously popular book series. The actor's previous credits include a (spoiler alert!) tragic turn as Cedric Diggory inHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), but his OMFG-level success seems to have popped up overnight.

"Hey, is that the Lost Boys soundtrack?": Robert Pattinson with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart. (Photo credit: Peter Sorel)

When I met Pattinson in San Francisco later that same Monday, the mood was substantially more subdued.

It turns out that, in many ways, he's a lot like Edward. No, he doesn't sparkle in the sunlight, but he is pretty damn charming. And like his vampiric counterpart, Pattinson's just trying to be a normal guy. Maybe Twilight wasn't the best project to choose, but back when he signed up for the role, the actor didn't quite know what he was in for.

"I went into it having absolutely no idea what it was," he admitted, "and then shot it having pretty much no idea. I mean, some people turned up to the set occasionally, but I kind of expected that. I knew it was a popular book."

What Pattinson didn't know was the level to which certain Twilight fans have devoted their lives — nay, their souls — to the series. They're called Twilighters, and they descended in droves on this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. It was the actor's first encounter with the fandom.

"The word 'twilight' got projected on the wall and they just screamed for a 45-minute press conference, the entire time just screaming and screaming," he recalled. "Up until that point I wasn't really expecting anything."

Ah, supernatural romance. (Photo credit: Peter Sorel)

Even after the eardrum-killing experience, Pattinson's still adjusting to life in the spotlight. Speaking to him, it's clear his down-to-earth demeanor is the real thing. He's doing his best to be no different than the rest of us — and he swears the same goes for Edward. That whole vampire thing, it's merely incidental.

"I never saw him as a vampire," Pattinson said. "You just have to commit to saying, OK, [you're] going to live forever, you're a thousand times stronger and faster than a human being, and then you have to drink blood in some form or another — and just ignore the fact that it's a mystical thing, and imagine you're a human who had to live like that."

Fair enough, if not a bit unconventional. Though gaining popularity, the idea of a normal vampire — Joe the Vampire, if you will — is a relatively recent phenomenon. Pattinson concedes that his Edward isn't the mirror image of Meyer's.

"Elements of the character in the book, I thought, girls wouldn't find that attractive," he said. "Being too polite and being too much of a security blanket is just not sexy at all. And so, I kind of strayed a little bit in the movie away from being too gentlemanly."

A sexier, more uninhibited Edward? I doubt the fans will mind. Besides, he's still a vampire, regardless of where Pattinson decides to take the role. What is it about bloodsucking fiends, anyway? Why did Buffy fall hard for the eternally brooding Angel? What does True Blood's Sookie Stackhouse see in the uber-dull Bill?

"It's all to do with being seduced," Pattinson posits. "It's not really to do with brute force. Plus, there aren't that many supernatural things that can be attractive. You can't really have a sexy zombie."

Zombie Strippers excluded, that's probably true, but I'm still not sure I'm satisfied. Oh, well. I don't have to understand the vampire crush to know that they're hot, just as I don't need to be under Pattinson's mystical thrall to get his appeal. I mean, seriously, have you seen his hair?



babbles said...

Ha Ha - Have you seen his Hair?
Um yes you dumb ass, We have seen it, But thanks for pointing out the obvious....we've seen the hair, the eyes, the mouth, the nose, the teeth, the smile, the chest hair, the hands, the zipper, the suspenders, the OMG Megaphone (my personal fav), the laugh *blushes*, heard the voice, watched the gestures, been Dazzled - ya where have you been?

Ellie said...


Lynn said...

There will be ppl that don't know of Rob popping out of the woodwork this week. The funny thing I find is that if I mentioned Twilight or Rob that more straight men know what I am talking about versus women. Hmmm....go figure!

Tess said...

Lynn- Very true... One of my male friends on fb, made a comment about me liking my men with fangs, and I was thinking "WTH" then I realized he must've been checking out my other boxes and put 2/2 together.. so funny!

Ellie said...

Queston: When he goes home to London, will Mum fix hot pockets for him?? (we know the laundry will get done...).Hope she doesn't fix the zip-pants---

Anonymous said...

Totally off topic. But I feel bad for the premire Monday. With the fires out here the air is horrible. I went out for 30 minutes today and I got a headache and my throat hurt. I live about 20 minutes from westwood,so hopefully the air is better out there but i doubt it.

Ellie said...

When my husband heard the soundtrack, he said he liked certain songs and said that maybe he'd like to go see the movie with us; Katie and I just looked at each other and we just kind of looked at each other and shuddered-She doesn't want her dad with her while watching the movie, and I sure as hell don't want my husband glancing over at my face and see me drooling...

Lynn said...

Lisa---the air quality sucks big time. We are even seeing the residual effects in San Diego. I just feel for Rob, Kristen, Nikki and Rachelle coming from Canada and having to endure the extreme climatic changes.

I hate fucking global warming. Less then two weeks from Thanksgiving and we're baking.

Ellie said...

Lynn and Lisa~~
I'm so sorry the air quality is so unhealthy for you all out there. Hopefully there'll be anend to the fires soon. It's too bad you don't get the heavy rains like we do here, to bring the ash down to the ground.

Tess said...

My heart is with everyone in Socal right now. I used to live quite close to Yorba Linda, so I cringe when I see the news..

take care all

Anonymous said...

Lynn- didn't realize it was reaching out to the San Diego area. Didn't Rob mention that his family was coming out to the premire -what a sucky way to see LA.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ellie I wish we had proper rain here. I visit my family in Portland,Oregon every year and wish I lived there. Love the rain.

Lynn said...

Lisa---my kids are always on red alert for a "smoke day". Yes, the air quality will probably go down a lot over the next few days.

My thoughts are with those that are suffering right now. I know how badly it can get with mandatory evacuations and such.

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