Rob comments on how be obtained the role of Eric Packer in Cosmopolis:
“Out of the blue,” he says. Pattinson, having never met or spoken to Cronenberg, did a little research: He looked him up on Rotten Tomatoes “and it was like 98 percent approval,” he says.
“It was like: OK, that’s my next job,” says Pattinson.
Further into the interview, Rob talks about how intimidating it was to take such a different dialogue style. DeLillo is known for this odd flow in his work.
The stylized language and atypical nature of the film made it a risky and intimidating choice for Pattinson.
“I couldn’t hear the voice of the character at all. There was nothing,” he says. “It was scary to say yes to something which you didn’t know what it was. I knew it was interesting, I knew there was something special but I had no idea how to do it or what I could add to it. But when you start saying no to Cronenberg because you don’t think it’s good enough, it’s a stupid decision to make.”
Cronenberg commented on the business perspective on casting Rob as the lead in Cosmopolis,
“The fact that somebody who has clout is willing to do a movie that’s difficult is a gift to a director because you’re not only getting the right guy as an actor, but you’re getting financing interest and you get to make the movie. This is not an easy movie to get made.”
Rob talks about moving on from Twilight, focusing on whether this new freedom has allowed him to explore is acting talent:
Asked if he now feels certain he’s an actor, he quickly replies, “No. As soon as you start existing in a certain world, you feel like you have tremendous amount of baggage all the time. You get stuck in this rut where you want people to think you’re something else, but you’re too scared to do what that is to actually be the other person. Then you get a gift like this movie where it’s way easier than I thought it was. You just do it. It doesn’t really matter if you fail.”
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