Robert Pattinson, who is at the Berlin film festival with Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ explains why he can’t sit through premiere screenings and talks about his past, his future and his connection to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
BERLIN, GERMANY (FEBRUARY 9, 2015) (REUTERS) – It was the morning after the night before for British actor Robert Pattinson as he attended a press junket on Tuesday (February 10) after he launched his new movie, Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ at the Berlin film festival.
However, unlike the other people on the red carpet, Pattinson didn’t sit through the screening of the film.
“I actually didn’t watch it last night,” he admitted.
“Because after Cannes I literally I got so…I feel like I lost a few years of my life watching a screening, just sitting there with your heart just wrenching inside your chest. I just can’t do it anymore so I’m going to watch it like, probably tomorrow. So yeah, I don’t know what the reaction is. I’m just kind of, in a trance the entire time, but yeah, it seemed like people appreciated it. There was a nice applause and stuff.”
Pattinson first came to public attention playing the ill-fated Cedric Diggory in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ in 2005. However, it was in 2008 that he exploded on the scene playing Edward Cullen in ‘Twilight’.
Asked whether he had any idea what the reality of fame was going to be like before ‘Twilight’, he replied:
“I don’t know what I thought it was going to be. I mean, it’s weird, I still feel like I’m doing the same stuff. I mean, I guess up until ‘Twilight’ I was really just auditioning for absolutely everything and just trying to get anything so I guess that’s a sort of different career but I mean, afterwards it’s so rare that I find anything that not only that I like but that I feel like I can add something to or do at all, so it’s really trying to find anything to do.”
“It always surprises me when a script comes and I’m like, “oh!”. I just signed onto this thing ‘Brimstone’ – it’s just a small part in something but I was so surprised that this part that…Like I really, really had an idea of how to do it and I’m always like ‘Oh, where has this idea come from?’ I’m always surprised that I had any idea at all so yeah, it’s kind of a strange career,” he added.
The next big film after Pattinson’s ‘Life’ at the Berlin film festival will be the world premiere of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, starring Jamie Dornan. Strangely, the author of the bestseller is reported to have based the book on the film ‘Twilight’, and therefore cult hero Christian Grey is based on Pattinson’s portrayal of the vampire Edward Cullen.
“It’s kind of weird and also I know Jamie really, I’ve known Jamie for about ten years, as well, so… I mean, I think… I haven’t actually read the book but like, I think it must be very, very different. I don’t see how it can work if it’s not different. It’s amazing, it’s that fan base. She…They’ve…There’s some kind of profound connection that a bunch of people have to it and I’ve never figured out, you know, quite what it is. But you can see this, even at the premiere last night this woman that has been coming for years to premieres and stuff. It’s just very strange,” Pattinson said.
Pattinson has been a regular at European film festivals over the past few years, choosing roles which are far removed from Edward Cullen in ‘Twilight’. However, while the ‘Twilight’ fan base is still there and in Berlin girls camped out from early in the morning of the premiere to try and meet their idol, Pattinson said it has “calmed down”.
“I used to be, I used to just let it really, really get to me and I’ve kind of become a lot more calm recently. Also, I’ve spent more time in London and it’s completely different in London. It’s like, if someone asks for a photo in London and you say ‘no’, it’s not like…. A lot of the time, in L.A. especially, people are like ‘Why?’, you know, like: ‘Really? You want me to explain why? I’ll just do a photo, then.’ In London, people don’t really so it’s kind of different but yeah, it definitely has calmed down,” he said.
Although he didn’t want to comment on where he would be in ten years time, he did admit:
“[I]n the next few years I know just after last year like two of my movies kind of, one fell apart and the other one got pushed to this year and I ended up like, kind of just waiting for a job for ages and I was just like, ‘okay, I need to be, I’m never having a year like that again. I’m going to be a lot more prolific in my productivity rate’. Cause I think it’s suddenly getting up to 30 as well and you’re just like ‘argh! I need to do loads of stuff!’ So I’m definitely going to be much more productive.”
‘Life’ was screening at the Berlin film festival as part of the Berlinale Special selection.