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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.
Before making “Cosmopolis,” did you consider the effect your involvement might have on skewing its audience?
RP: No, I basically was consumed with terror about me being bad in it. I mean, that’s what I was thinking right up until Cannes. The night before the premiere at Cannes, David was like, “Oh, yeah. I’m fully expecting walk-outs.”
I knew I already liked the movie a lot, but I was still terrified then, mainly because I’m, like, going to have to have a fight with 3,000 people, if they started booing or something [laughs].
You were expecting people to get up and leave? Because your character is so unsettling? He isarguably a sociopath.
RP: I think the walk-out thing actually is just the culture of filmmaking, I mean, it’s become a consumer thing. People think they’re being insulted when there’s a challenging movie. It’s so weird. People sit in a movie which they know is s**t and know they’re gonna talk to all their friends and say it’s s**t, but to sit there and watch a piece of s**t [laughs]. They’ll watch one which they know is kind of good and don’t really get it and have to walk out and be so offended. I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of a movie in my life. And people will be so offended by it, they can’t take it anymore.
Read more of what Rob had to say in the interview here.