I saw Eclipse! I can’t release a review until the 30th, but I’ll just quickly say that it’s GOOD! I saw the movie this past weekend and then interviewed the cast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Robert Pattinson shyly entered the room, wearing a mustard short-sleeve button up, which he left unbuttoned to reveal a white V-Neck shirt beneath. He’s reminiscent of James Dean, who he has named as one of his role models in the past. He looks good with his hair a little shorter (which is for his role in Water for Elephants, opposite Reese Witherspoon—it’s a good but sad book worth reading). When asked about growing out his hair for Breaking Dawn, i.e. Twilight part 4, (which will be made into two movies), Robert said, “I didn’t think about that when I got it cut. I think Edward should have a shaved head in the last one–that could be cool.” Hmmm…I don’t think that’s part of Edward’s old-school charm, but whatevs. Was there anything Robert had to learn to play Edward in the third installment? “I had to learn how to run properly. I’ve always run with a limp/skip and I had to run more solidly this time. I spent a lot of time on a treadmill to improve my form,” Robert said, with a sarcastic snicker. (He giggles a lot during interviews—some of it is nervous laughter and some is him genuinely laughing at something he says—he’s actually pretty witty…which just adds to his appeal.)
He talked a bit about upcoming projects other than Water for Elephants, including Bel Ami: “It’s about a broke ex-soldier and he has no drive, he’s just jealous of everything. It’s like kids these days–everyone’s entitled. He’s completely talentless. He finds this guy in the army in a brothel. And he seduces all these women and ends up screwing over the entire society. It was really fun–it’s a completely amoral character. It’s about how the shits can win sometimes.”
RPatz fans know that he’s a musician (guitar, piano, composing) and had two songs on the Twilight soundtrack. Does he still find time to play? “I’ve always been playing around. As for the soundtracks, it was nice to be involved in the first one and I just saw Twilight on TV for the first time” – that’s right, he’d never seen the movie before! – “and my song came on and it’s so bizarre that I have a song in the movie. I’m amazed Catherine [Hardwicke, the director] did it.”
Does Robert own a car? Nope. “I don’t have a car. I drive rental cars.”
(Got it–I’ll keep an eye out for a Hertz outside to pick me up for our date!)
Check back tomorrow for more on Twilight, as we get ready for the premiere on Thursday and the movie’s release on the 30th!