Few things in life are as nerve-wracking as auditioning for a movie role. Even for Robert Pattinson, one of the most successful and popular actors in the world, auditioning for a role can be an almost unbearably stressful experience. To get the lead role in The Rover, for instance, Pattinson had to audition in front of director David Michod (Animal Kingdom), and by his own estimation, the audition did not go well.
“I’m so bad at auditioning, and I was terrified that I wasn’t going to get it,” Pattinson tells ET Canada exclusively. “I really, really fought for it.”
What made Pattinson—an actor with no shortage of scripts coming his way—fight so hard for this particular role? As Pattinson explained, the role of Reynolds (a naive, simple-minded drifter) was simply too good to pass up.
“It’s a character that doesn’t really have any constraints,” he said. “It’s not really specified where he’s from or what his desires are or even his mental state and I felt really relaxed doing it because you could just do whatever you wanted, basically.”
Unlike during his audition, Pattinson was completely at ease playing the character during filming—an experience which the Twilight star says was a first. “It felt for a second that I knew what I was doing because I just sort of fell into acting and I never really felt like that before,” he said.