Trying desperately to break out of the teen paranormal drama realm, Robert Pattinson has taken all kinds of challenging roles and proven himself as a bona fide actor.
The “Twilight Saga: New Moon” hunk is featured on the cover of the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and in his interview he admitted it was a fluke that he scored his career-making role as Edward Cullen.
Rob shared, “[Catherine Hardwicke and I had] this ridiculous conversation, and I hadn’t read the books or the script or anything and I just bullsh*tted on the phone.”
From there he screen tested with Kristen Stewart – “In one of the scenes, I [was meant] to take my shirt off, and I think I was the one guy who didn’t.”
Pattinson also noted, “I genuinely had no idea it was going to be a [blockbuster]. Everything changed when they did the marketing, and the general public started to view [the films] in a different way when they started to push the ‘team’ aspect of it.”
“It was like, ‘I’m on Team Edward or Team Jacob.’ That saturated everything, and suddenly there was a backlash. Whereas with the first [film], there wasn’t a backlash at all.”
And playing Edward proved to be more challenging than Robert initially thought it would be. “It was quite a constricting character, in a way. You want to make [him] as dramatic as possible, but you have someone who never loses his temper, and so it’s like, ‘How the f*ck do you do this?’ I think that was one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done.”