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Once Edward Cullen, always Edward Cullen? Well, Twilight star Robert Pattinson certainly hopes not. With last year's Remember Me and next month's Water for Elephants (Pattinson purportedly signed on to Elephants after learning that it was going to look like Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven), it seems pretty evident that the 24-year-old actor is doing the best he can to sidestep any possibility of being typecast in the breed of "sulking heartthrob".
There's another Pattinson movie coming up though that has been particularly difficult to market. Slated to be released sometime this year, "Bel Ami" - based on Guy de Maupassant's novel of the same name - has Pattinson playing the role of a specious 1890s Parisian social climber named George Duroy - a character whom Pattinson has labelled a "s**t." Here's more of what the Water for Elephants star had to say to Total Film about his Duroy character:
“We were really true to the book and because the guy is basically a s**t who wins everything at the end it’s really difficult to market it – especially with me in it. Everyone’s worried that everyone’s going to be thinking, ‘Oh I want him to be nice, he’s got to be nice to all the ladies’.”
Hmm... a tricky predicament indeed. How, exactly, does one go about marketing Edward "The Deceptive Bastard" Cullen? My hunch, and this is just a hunch of course, is that many twentysomethings (young and older alike) would be thrilled to see Robert Pattinson flex some honest acting chops. When it comes to teenagers though, my hunch isn't quite as strong. Important to note, however, is that in Bel Ami, he'll be playing a "sexy" specious social climber. In that regard, he can both disgust and charm us at the same time. A win for the critics here, a win for the twihards there... what's not to like?
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Entertainment Tonight gives a peek behind the scenes of "Water for Elephants'...
Thanks to WaterforElephantsFilm for the video.
Thanks to WaterforElephantsFilm for the video.
Excerpts from interview with Gary Johnson...
Do you and Tai have to work hard in this movie?
Johnson: Especially in this movie we’ve worked a lot. It was very exciting as well though. I loved everyone who worked on this movie. People were realy respectful and always friendly. The director Francis Lawrence was a real gentleman and did a great job in my opinion. He drove to our ranch in California a dozen times to watch the training and to spend time with Tai. That’s how he knew how to shoot the scenes with her later on.
How much time did Reese Witherspoon with Tai? The relationship between Marlena and Rosie is very important for the story right?
Johnson: Reese Witherspoon visited the ranch often to train with Tai, because she has some really physical scenes with her. She had to climb onto Tai, just how it is known from circuses when the girl sits on top of the elephant. Tai lay on her side and when she got up Reese had to learn to stand on her trunk. They had to train a few different options to climb on top then. In one scene Tai stands on her back legs and Reese directly beneath her. In another scene Tai does a headstand and Reese dances beneath her at the same time. That’s really complicated and we had to train those scenes with a choreographer. The timing had to be right. In another scene Reese stands on top of the elephant. Another time Tai sits on a base and stands on her back legs and Reese then climbs onto her back. They had to train that scene a very long time. Tai does things like that regularly and it’s part of her routine. She practices daily and a lot.
How difficult was that for Reese?
Johnson: She was extraordinary and told us she did gymnastics as a child. She grew up with animals and has always felt comfortable with them. All three main actors, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz were very impressive. We’re very lucky that we were able to work with them. They’re just incredible.
More after the jump!
What are the most exciting scenes with Tai and Reese the audience will get to see?
I think my favourite scene is the last one in which Reese stands on Tai. That’s a very dramatic moment. Although she does a few different routines, this might be the most spectacular one. At one point she lies on Tai’s back and Tai dances with her all through the arena. That scene is very impressive as well. In another very funny scene Christoph Waltz (August) and Reese dance on a podest and Tai gets so jealous, she tips Christoph on the shoulder. Then she steals his hat, throws it on the ground and tramples on it. It’s like she wanted to say, “Let Reese be. She’s mine.” Rosie also seems to feel that Christoph’s role is not really a likeable one.
Robert Pattinson's Bel Ami in marketing hell
Exclusive: Execs nervy of portraying heartthrob as a 'shit'
Robert Pattinson admits that Bel Ami is still in editing because studio honchos are worried about alienating audiences used to his goody-two-shoes persona in the Twilight franchise.
RPattz plays the titular Bel Ami in an adaptation of Maupassant's classic novel about a 19th century womanising, social-climbing journalist who sleeps his way round Paris.
Filming in the UK and Budapest opposite leading ladies Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas wrapped in spring 2010 and was originally slated for a Christmas release. It currently has no confirmed opening date.
"We were really true to the book and because the guy is basically a shit who wins everything at the end it’s really difficult to market it – especially with me in it," Pattinson tells TF exclusively.
"Everyone’s worried that everyone’s going to be thinking, ‘Oh I want him to be nice, he’s got to be nice to all the ladies’."
Bel Ami, though, is an unrepentant cad. "I know," laughs the Water For Elephants star, "But that was fun!"
For more on Robert Pattinson and Water For Elephants check out the latest issue of Total Film, out 14 April.
Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing Rob play the 'not so nice' guy. I say Bring It!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Water for Elephants: Life is a circus.
Wild animals, trains, dwarfs and acrobats. This is what Robert Pattinson’s life has turned into: a circus.
It’s the time of the recession in the United States, during the 30’s in the XX century. The inhabitants of Weehaken, New Jersey, wear the clothes of the time: the men with hats, ties, suspenders and coats, the women with long flower print dresses; the children with crops and caps. The crowd maintains itself in expectation of the parade of the fabulous Benzini brothers’ circus, whose promotional posters announce it as “The most fabulous show on earth!” Everything would be perfect of the technicians and production team of a film was not walking on the same street, which break the illusion of a trip to the past.
This is the Water for Elephants set, film shot in the 20th Century Fox studios, in Los Angeles, under the direction of Fancis Lawrence (Constantine, 2005: I am Legend, 20007), and is one of the most anticipated productions of 2011 due to its appealing story of romance, based on Sara Gruen’s best seller (adapted by Richard LaGravensee), and above all for its stellar cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patinson and Cristoph Waltz.
The story is centered on Jacob’s history (Pattinson), who, about to graduate as a veterinary, abandons his studies upon his parents deaths. Chance unites him t a traveling circus, where he will become sentimentally involved with Marlena (Witherspoon), star acrobat and wife to the abusive tamer August (Waltz), which will create a fiery love triangle.
In 'Water for Elephants,' Robert Pattinson plays Jacob, a young veterinarian student, who falls for a circus performer named Marlena (played by Reese Witherspoon). Their relationship blossoms while taking care of an elephant in the show, but they soon encounter danger together at the hands of Marlena's husband .
If you can't wait for 'Elephant''s April 22 release date, Moviefone is offering you the chance to participate in the next episode of 'Unscripted,' with the movie's stars, Robert Pattinson and Resse Witherspoon. This is your opportunity to find out what it's like to be an Oscar-winner or a vampire -- whatever you think is a bigger deal.
Submit your question in the Ask! box HERE, including your name and location, by 12PM EST on Saturday, April 3. Once your question pops up on the screen, other users can vote on it. Simple, right? You can also vote on questions submitted by others.
CNN also wants your questions in video format...
Robert Pattinson, along with Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Christolph Waltz, will be joining us to talk about what it was like joining a circus and working with their animal costars in this movie adaptation of the New York Times bestseller novel.
Be sure to upload videos with your questions for the cast by Friday, April 1. Please keep them to 15 seconds or less. Look for the answers soon on CNN.com!
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You must not be very smart to understand this: generally speaking, there are fates worse than to become a poster-boy forced to hide from fans within the walls of five-star hotels scattered around the world. And Robert Pattinson seems that it is quite clever. But it also seems that, personally speaking, his fate has not taken the right way. He is young (in May will make 25 years), has a lot of money, success, a job, the actor, that half the world's envy and, potentially, all women want. Yet we see from a mile away that is not happy. And the reason, I believe, lies in the fact that it is smart enough to understand that it is not so special. He stayed with his feet on the ground on the neck and head while all around him went mad. That makes him a good person, but horribly alone. I've met a few weeks ago to promote the film Like Water for elephants.
Born in London in a normal family - his mother worked in a modeling agency, her father selling old cars - thought to be a great deal of international relations. The part of Cedric in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came almost by accident, and the same for the role that would change his life: the vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight.
Water for Elephants is a romantic movie. "What attracted me is the historical period, the Great Depression, and the circus. It's fascinating." The fact remains that it is primarily the story of Jacob and Marlena. ";But even if at first you may think"; Now he arrives, he sees her likes her and run away together, but the story is more complex. Jacob does not want to take, it is only prepared to give. The best relationship that might exist. "
Could you have an affair with a married woman?
"Life is not black or white. There are married people who are together but they don't marry , can we define it marriage? But there';s one thing I never understood: why do people betray."
He does not understand a behavior practiced by the majority of the population? "
"I understand the impulse, but not how you can maintain two long-standing relationships at the same time". And though I realize that can happen to those who have children, I cannot understand young people who choose to have four girls at once. It must be a living hell, especially for the man."
He doesn't believe in betrayal. E in "love till death does not separate", like in the movie?
"My parents met when my mom was 17 and my father 25, are still together and seem very happy. I grew up believing that we can be together all life. "
interview extract, Vanity Fair will be in the italian newsstands on March 30
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Love him (teenage girls everywhere) or loathe him (their boyfriends), Robert "R.Pattz" Pattinson is apparently here to stay. With Water For Elephants out soon, he's gearing up to star in Cosmopolis for David Cronenberg. Yes, you read that right. Yes, this may mean that you have to start liking him. Here's what he had to say about his role.
"I'm just astonished that I've been cast. I'd read the script before and thought, 'Wow, this is insane. But insane and difficult.' And then, out of nowhere, my agent said, 'Do you want to do it?' I'd never thought about working with Cronenberg, but I've always loved his movies. It just never came into my head that there would ever be that opportunity.
"Y'know, there are so few auteurs left. The one thing that pisses me off about working in films is when you start a project and then, suddenly, two days before you start, there's a massive rewrite to make an R-rated movie into something that's PG-13, and it's a totally different story. As soon as that line's been crossed, you know you're not making a movie anymore. You're making a...a... fridge magnet. But with people like Cronenberg you know that, no matter what, there will be a movie at the end, and it will be solid and self-contained, and it's not made for any other reason than it being a movie."
Pattinson also confirmed that, as far as he is concerned there will be no further Twilight outings following the two-part Breaking Dawn which finishes the current series. And he swears that he didn't know what he was getting himself into with Stephenie Meyer's massive vampire saga.
"I thought at the time, with Catherine Hardwicke and Kristen Stewart, it was going to be an indie movie. It seemed really interesting: a teen vampire movie that was going to be like Thirteen and really serious. I had no idea it was going to be this big thing you'd get on Burger King hats."
Water For Elephants is out on May 4, and the full interview with His Dreaminess is in the new issue of Empire, out Thursday.
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Josh Benson: Can you explain Robert Pattinson to me, please?
Sara Vilkomerson: Oh well gee, where to begin! I guess we should start with Twilight. Are you familiar with it?
Josh: How about let's assume I'm not totally up to speed on it. Just for the sake of this exercise, you understand.
Sara: Mmmhmmm, sure.
In my humble opinion there is an essential part of Twilight that girls go nuts for that has got a lot to do with the whole vampire, undying-love (literally!) stuff. Which is that the main character, Bella, considers herself clumsy and awkward and not particularly beautiful, which I think speaks to at least 90 percent of how girls felt in high school. And then the coolest, hottest, most unattainable boy in school picks her out as the object of his affection. This is heady heady crack-for-girls stuff already. So then they cast Robert Pattinson in the role.
Oh look, I wrote about this in the Observer when the first one came out!
Josh: I remember that place! That piece, too.
Sara: Anyway, Robert Pattinson had the tough job of filling the shoes of a character that is described at length as being preternaturally good-looking, and he succeeded because, among other things, he happens to be preternaturally good looking. He just is.
And Twilight became a huge success. And now he can't walk down the street without people asking him to bite them, which means he did a very, very good job. And now, three films later and with two more on the way, he has a tough road ahead getting people to forget about him as Edward Cullen but to see him as Robert Pattinson, the actor.
Canadian actress Sarah Gadon has joined the cast of 'Cosmopolis' and will be playing the role of Rob's estranged wife, Elise Shifrin...
With production set to being shooting this summer in Toronto, casting on David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric is wrapping up. Samantha Morton joined the cast last week—via a Robert Pattinson interview—now she’s been confirmed and according to Entertainment One, who is handling the picture’s distribution in Canada, one more has joined the cast: Canadian actress Sarah Gadon.
Known in Canada for the television series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” Gadon currently stars on the CBC drama, “The Border.” More importantly she has already worked with Cronenberg landing a smaller role in the filmmaker’s already-shot “A Dangerous Method” where she plays Emma Jung, Carl Jung’s wife. That picture stars Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel.
Gadon will be playing the role of Pattinson’s estranged wife Elise Shifrin.
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Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon get props from ‘Water for Elephants’ director Francis Lawrence
Setting a moving love story during the Great Depression might prove quite a challenge, especially considering it unfolds in this whole mysterious world of a traveling circus, no less. But director Francis Lawrence turns Sara Gruen’s acclaimed novel into a sweeping, cinematic drama for the silver screen, and one that promises to take its audience into a world beyond the thrill of the circus and into the life under the Big Top.
“Water for Elephants” follows the story of Jacob (played by Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame), whose world changes dramatically after his parents die in a car accident. Boarding a train out of town, he soon realizes he inadvertently joins a circus train where he meets equestrian star, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon).
The love that develops between Jacob and the married Marlena is compelling, and Lawrence is grateful that his main cast has truly been up to the task. In casting Witherspoon in the role of Marlena, Lawrence says, “Reese was the first person I cast in the film and she was a great creative partner in the early days when we were putting this project together.”
But Witherspoon holds an allure that Lawrence describes as “a timeless beauty.” As Marlena, Witherspoon also has to work with a graceful elephant and Lawrence thankfully notes, “She loves animals and has no fear of trying anything. [But] also, Marlena is a bit tough and hardened. She isn’t a victim and Reese… she is very strong.”
Opposite Witherspoon, Lawrence cast Pattinson, a decision he’s made after sitting with him for just a couple of hours. “I thought he was naturally perfect for Jacob Jankowski. It was tough to try and find a young man of 23 or 24 who didn’t feel like a boy—and Rob was already becoming a man. He is thoughtful, intelligent, emphatic, strong and confident while still being a bit uncomfortable in his own skin.”
In order to play the two roles well, both actors had to understand the nature of the relationship between Jacob and Marlena. “There is a nice slow burn to their growing passion,” Lawrence notes. “I think Jacob falls instantly for Marlena… but she is guarded, and doesn’t trust many people. Through his actions in the movie, Jacob starts to break through that wall and she discovers that he is unusual and quite exceptional in this world of the circus. I think she falls for his morality.”
So the bond that forms between Jacob and Marlena is the core of the movie, and it is crucial that his two leads are believable in this world. Lawrence admits, “Chemisty is always something that one worries about, but the worries went away in rehearsal. I saw it immediately.”
And more than the chemistry with each other, Witherspoon and Pattinson also had to worry about acting with the circus animals. Lawrence reveals, “We worked with quite a lot of animals and our actors were going to be around them a lot, so I thought that it would be a good idea for them to spend a lot of training time with them and getting comfortable with them.”
Witherspoon, in fact, had to have the most training, because “she had to perform with the animals as well. She needed to rehearse the horse act and the elephant acts. It was a lot of work for her but she really worked hard and it paid off."
On the whole, when asked to name his favorite scene in the movie, Lawrence says he has a lot. But aside from Jacob’s scene alone in the forest when the train arrives, the director notes, “I love the scene when the circus is setting up for the first time and I love the dinner sequence where Jacob and Marlena dance for the first time.”
And it is these interactions between his leads and the reactions people get from watching scenes like this that Lawrence hopes would resonate with viewers. “One of the reasons I wanted to make this movie was that it has hope, magic and beauty. I really hope people respond to that,” Lawrence says.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
When you are a young actor, handsome and you are so famous thanks to Twilight, you might be trapped forever in this outbreaking role. But Robert’s talent is linked to his ability to keep on working on sets and playing characters completely different from Edward Cullen. After the drama Remember Me, it’s in another love story we can see him with Academy Awards winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds). For Dark Magazine, he talks about his unusual experience while playing Jacob, a young man who must drop his veterinary studies after a family tragedy, and he decides to change his way of life joining a circus. He will fall for a young woman, Marlena, and more surprisingly for an elephant: Rosie. This story is set in the 1930s in America. In theaters on May 4th.
Hi Robert, can you talk about Jacob,. Who is he? How will he join a circus?
Jacob is a veterinary student in Cornell University he’s about to take his final exam when his parents die in a car accident. His whole world collapses in a few months. He jumps on board an old train to start from scratch and try to find a job somewhere, then he discovers it’s a circus train. He sees Marlena the very first day and these are the 2 main reasons he wants to stay and be part of this circus life. He gradually manages to accept his new life and falls for Marlena. And he also manages to blow everything out ! (laughs).
How would you describe him?
Jacob doesn’t know anything about the circus. At the beginning, he is self conscious, he knows how idealistic he is. But he soon realizes this universe, that he discovers in the middle of a huge economical crisis, seems to destroy the slighest spark of hope within himself. He also gets acquainted with August, a very violent man. Actually, Jacob goes through several trials of life, he faces a lot of difficulties throughout the story, and in the end, he realizes that he kept his idealistism, no matter what. I think this is what moves Marlena and encourages her to follow him. August is such a practical man. He thinks he must appear as a cold and harsh man to the others otherwise his world will collapse. But Jacob sees things quite differently. His way of life is so far from August’s.
Did you easily manage to connect to your character?
Yes. Honestly, I feel better working with animals than with people. I found out that all the animals had a weakness. You just need some peppermint to be loved by elephants. I realized you can do whatever you want with giraffes whenever you have apple juice on your hands. Even the animal trainers were astonished. There was a 6 month-old girafe on set and they couldn’t make her do what they want. I came to see her covered with apple juice and she followed me anywhere. Everybody was like “How did you do it? Why does she do as you say?”.
Did you read Sara Gruen’s novel, “Water for elephants”?
I haven’t read it before I got the role, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read it on the plane while I was going for some reshoots for Twilight and the man next to me that day was also reading it. On my flight back, my neighbour was also reading it! It was really weird. I know the book was a best seller in the USA but I think it’s also a successful book in foreign countries. I feel it’s like the Twilight books. When we started shooting the first film, more and more people discovered this book, sales started to boost and the novel immediately became popular. A few peole have heard of “Water for Elephants” before and suddenly, by word of mouth, everybody had read the book.
This part is so different from the one you have in Twilight. Was it an interesting and exciting experience?
It was awesome. It was great to work with such great actors. I didn’t really know what to expect when I signed for the film. Then, I met Tai the elephant and it was so incredible that I absolutely wanted to do it! (laughs). From the very first day, it was an amazing experience. Everybody seemed to be deeply involved in that project, everybody on set was convinced that this film was gonna be extraordinary.
So how was it working with Tai, did you fall in love?
Almost! (laughs). I was so sad when I had to leave her at the end of the shooting. She had such an extraordinary charisma. It’s weird – It must be the same with any other elephants since they are so huge. You feel untroubled when you are next to them. I would easily sit all day long next to Tai . And it’s what I did the very first days. I always sat next to her and I stayed there all day long. There’s no way she tramples on you or hurts you because she always knows exactly where you are. Those animals have amazing personnalities – at least, she has. She’s lovely.
If the novel wasn’t well known in France, the Hollywood top actors of the new generation fought for Jacob’s part: Channing Tatum (GI Joe, Cher John), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Andrew Garfield (The social network, Spiderman) auditioned but it was Robert Pattinson who was cast. Resse Witherspoon and Robert had already played together in Vanity Fair. In Water for Elephants they are secret lovers and in Vanity Fair, Reese was Robert’s mother !
Note that things can get lost in translation with international interviews.
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