INTERVIEWS: Robert Pattinson talks to the NY Times, San Francisco Chronicle and more about The Lighthouse

INTERVIEWS: Robert Pattinson talks to the NY Times, San Francisco Chronicle and more about The Lighthouse

Time for you to grab a cuppa (did I say that right, Kate?) and sit down with all these great Rob interviews! Also while gazing at the beautiful pictures!

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Rob spoke with the New York Times, Datebook from the San Francisco Chronicle via the Datebook Podcast, and The Frame Podcast.

First up, an excerpt from the NY Times: What Can Robert Pattinson Do to Keep You Guessing?
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After “Twilight,” the actor reinvented himself in art-house films. How will he follow “The Lighthouse” and his wildest role so far? With yet another swerve: He’s playing Batman.
Is it fair to say you’re drawn to eccentric characters?
I’ve always thought that the only reason you’d want to play a good guy all the time is because you’re desperately ashamed of what you’re doing in real life, whereas if you’re a pretty normal person, the most fun part of doing movies is that you can explore the more grotesque or naughty sides of your psyche in a somewhat safe environment. And it’s always more fun if you’re shocking the people in the room. If you end up being boring, that’s the lowest of the low.

Do you think you’ve been boring before?
All the time. You can bore yourself! On “The Lighthouse,” I’d do two out of 17 takes that work, and on the other ones, I’d roll the dice in a different direction that leads me nowhere. But it’s more fun doing that than making a plan and sticking to it.

What was the first day of shooting “The Lighthouse” like?
Well, my first shot was this ferocious masturbation scene. It’s always nice to do something massive for your opening shot, and I went really massive on the first take. It was a 180 from everything we’d done in rehearsal, and I could see Robert [Eggers] a little in shock afterward. But I was like, “O.K., cool, I didn’t get told to stop, so I’ll keep going in that direction.” As soon as I’d done that, it was like the road started getting paved.
Click HERE to visit NYTimes and read the entire interview.

Now, an excerpt from SF Chronical's Datebook interview: Robert Pattinson recalls Stonestown mall riot and getting weird in ‘Lighthouse’

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Q: I was worried you were going to lose more than a button seeing your physically demanding performance in “The Lighthouse.” How did you get to a place where you could portray that type of isolation and insanity?

A: The script was so kind of audacious, there were moments with things in it I’d never seen anything like it in any other script. You realize you had to take a kind of running jump to kind of even reach any of it. I’m attracted to scripts where you first read it, it’s very engaging and you feel, “Wow, this has got some kind of totemic qualities, something really primal and powerful about it.” And it’s also working with Willem, I’ve seen the amount of energy that Willem can bring to a performance, so I kind of knew that it was going to be an adversarial type of relationship.

Q: Did you and Willem do any kind of exercises to get to a place where you were comfortable enough to do some of these very physically intimate scenes?

A: We rehearsed for a week, Willem loves rehearsing and I really dislike it, which is kind of handy for our relationship. We did five days of rehearsing and I just found it to be the most incredibly stressful thing in the world. By the time we were shooting with each other, there was already this weird tension, it’s the opposite of what’s supposed to happen from rehearsals, normally it’s supposed to get people relaxed with each other. I love Willem, he’s such a lovely personable guy but there was this strange energy.
Click HERE to read the entire article.

The interview was also recorded and posted on Datebook's podcast. You know you want to listen to Rob! Plus, they written version is edited. Unedited Rob is the BEST.

Click HERE to scroll down and listen to Rob's interview on Datebook's Podcast!

Our final interview is another podcast, The Frame. 16 minutes of pleasure. Ready?
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Photos: NYTimes | Datebook |


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