Next Movie Interviews Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg

The pair talks about Twilight fans becoming Pattinson fans and where responsibility lies among other topics.

In casting Robert Pattinson, you have an interesting tension between a big percentage of his fanbase — teenage girls, many of them — and a film they might find inscrutable. Is that conflict appealing to you?
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David Cronenberg: It was not really an issue at all, in terms of casting. On the other hand, what was interesting was while we were shooting the movie, all these “Cosmopolis” websites popped up that were created by “Twilight” fans and Rob fans, and they were reading the book and exchanging notes about the book and how it might work in the movie. Really, I wasn’t thinking that this was necessarily going to be an audience for this movie, but then I started to think, “Well, some of them, it definitely is going to be.” And that was exciting ’cause these are young girls who maybe had read “Twilight” and “Harry Potter,” and suddenly they’re reading Don DeLillo. That’s pretty good.

I don’t really have an audience in mind when I’m making a movie … I’m making it for me and all of us who are excited about the script. I’m making it for an audience, but that’s kind of an unknown and amorphous audience, so anybody who’s part of that audience is okay with us, let’s put it that way.

Robert, knowing that younger fans will cross genres for you, do you worry that you need to choose parts carefully? Is that on your radar?

Robert Pattinson: It’s like I feel a responsibility to myself. If you’re doing stuff just purely for money, you’re probably disrespecting your audience as well. It’s not good for anyone. It’s not even really good for you. The only thing I really know is what I think I would find interesting to watch and if I try and make that, I feel like I learn a lot out of doing it and watching it. And so , I don’t know, I think I fulfilled my responsibility.

I think you do [have a responsibility] in a lot of ways. Not a massive one. But you know, I think your responsibility can also include failures as well. I mean, you can learn something from doing a sh**ty movie, too.’

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  1. Love him and will go see it!! =)

  2. Chela Madison says:

    I liked this interview =). Although I really like Superhero movies hahaha. But, like with Twilight, I’m watching them for fun and to feel a little inspired. I want that rush of excitement and elation that comes from watching Spider-Man swing through the air to catch the villain as the citizens watch on hoping he can save them. And there are these really beautiful moments about humanity, love, and sacrifice in superhero movies, in my opinion. I didn’t read Twilight with the intention of exploring the absolute best that the literary world has to offer, and I’m not going into Avengers, Spider-Man, Batman, or any other hero flick thinking that I’m about to watch an intense art piece or something that’s going to push the cinematic envelope (except maybe in the technological sense like David mentions). I am currently obsessed with this quote from the new Superman (Man of Steel) trailer:

    “You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

    I don’t know how other people are reacting to the words, but they give me chills. It’s super idealistic and unrealistic for real life, I know that. No human can be perfect or “the ideal,” no one could influence the entire world to the extent that a superhero could, and who knows if anyone wants to give up their entire life to save others from life-threatening evils (maybe I’ve just become too cynical already lol). But in superhero movies, the things that, that quote is encouraging Superman to do are a reality. In those movies, there is someone who is going to try and show humans what humanity looks like .They’re going to sacrifice themselves on behalf of the whole world. And maybe in doing so they can unite people and teach the human race to be more loving, more human. I know that probably sounds cheesy, but I’m an incredibly emotional/sappy/sentimental, whatever, person XD.

    (In case you visit Next Movie’s site I posted this comment there as well hahaha! I didn’t just copy and past someone else’s words.)

    Anyone else have any thoughts?

  3. Great interview! It’s good to see Rob being asked questions about his movies and not watch him being uncomfortable by bringing up his personal life.

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