Q: You were against commercials, but you define this Dior ad ‘an anti-commercial’. Why?
A: The product appears only in the last frame, for one. Also, they gave us creative freedom: Romain actually made a micro-film out of it.
Q: Was it the right moment to do a commercial?
A: I wouldn’t have done it during the Twilight days, but after two more “intimate” movies, a commercial is good for visibility. In this business, you have to be good at handling your persona.
Q: Do you feel the pressure of taking decisions?
A: People think since you’re famous you have a team taking care your career. But a lot of us don’t have one, and it’s really difficult.
Q: Why did you choose the “author movies” path?
A: I’ve always liked that kind of movie, and after Cosmopolis, they’ve finally started offering me those roles. I’m starting to have a clear view of my career and I’m more demanding. Of course, waiting for the right role, there’s risk of going in stand-by..
Q:You look pretty busy.
A:Yes, but with indie movies you have no certainties. At the moment, for instance, I should start an Herzog movie.
Q: Queen of the Desert, and you’ll be T.E.Lawrence. An icon.
A:It will be very different from the original ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, I think much closer to the real character. Locations should be crazy: a canyon in the Jordan desert, where no one’s ever shot before, but Herzog knows the King and we should make it.
Q: Jude Law, who was a Dior face before you, said: “When you’re at the top, you have all the attention you need, but you would do without it. After a couple years, they ask you about the new guy and who’s eleven years old!”.
A: He’s right! A few days ago, I met a guy who introduced himself as “the new me”. What’s wrong with people? What does it mean “the new me”? If you don’t have a successful movie once every 2 years, you’re done. You don’t even have time to learn.
Q: Have you learnt to handle fame?
A: Fame is a fight to survive! Some people can’t take it and freak out, but I can understand that. With paps hiding everywhere, it’s really difficult to meet new people and have new experiences.
Q: Do you spend time with friends?
A: When I got to the US, for Twilight, I only knew people who gave me a ride since I couldn’t drive. They’re my oldest friends.
Q: Do you feel at home in America now?
A: I’ve been living here for a while now, I like California because it’s chill, there’s something deeply serene in the air. LA is very different now: lots of people from all over the world live here now.
Q: What do you like doing in your free time?
A: I’ll disappoint you, but 9/10 times I just lay on the sofa, reading scripts or browsing IMBD in development section. Then I email my agent, asking him what does he think about it.
Q: What’s something you can do in LA?
A: Surf. But I suck.
Q: In the Dior ad, you drive an old BMW on a beach. Do you like cars?
A: Yes, old cars: I have a very beautiful Shelby, but it’s always under maintenance. My favourite is a 1956 Merceds, the Gullwing Spider. 3 million dollar car. I think it’s best to wait..
Q: What about your relationship with clothes?
A: Here’s a story: I’d bought a new pair of shoes, someone told me they looked ugly. And I just stood there, dumbstruck, before going out on stage in front of 6 thousand people. I thought I’d gotten over such things, but just a small hint and I find myself nervous about it, like the first time.
Translation/Transcript thanks to @catrux