The actor even remembers having passed the audition under Valium…
Robert Pattinson will be in a few days Bruce Wayne for The Batmanbut in the collective unconscious he will forever remain the handsome dark shining vampire Edward Cullen of Twilight. Fourteen years after the release of the film that made him a superstar, the English actor tells in the new GQ his vision of the role.
He was only 21 at the time, but he explains that he absolutely held on “to make it as arty as possible”. An artistic desire that it was not easy to install in production obviously: “We had this weird tension where the studio was afraid to do things that were a little too powerful and all that. Whereas me, I thought that was the only way to play it. I spent so much furious time on this set…I still can’t believe the way I played that role most of the time.”
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Robert Pattinson reveals that his managers would often come on set, encouraging him to smile more and not play too seriously, sniping at him point blank: “You’ll be fired by the end of the day if you don’t stop doing what you’re doing.”
Anxiety born even before the start of production. Because Robert Pattinson totally passed the Twilight audition under Valium! “I had started to develop this absolute dread of auditions, which I’m sure a lot of actors have. I could be so excited…and then on the day of the audition, my confidence was completely crashing. And that’s what happened the morning of the audition of Twilight ! I had never taken Valium before. I just remember feeling glorious and powerful in the back of the cab with the window open and just thinking, Wow, that’s what I was missing! I think I had to have this off-the-beaten-path, detached look in the audition that must have worked with the character.”
And that’s probably why Robert Pattinson was able to continue playing Edward Cullen as he saw fit…