“It’s not really about the physicality,’’ said the former Twilight heart-throb today ahead of the red carpet premiere of dystopian Outback thriller The Rover at the Sydney Film Festival on Saturday night.
“Those leading guy roles are all extremely confident characters and I am just not confident. I would feel weird faking that confidence.
“The action guy who does the little quip at the end of killing somebody? I would sound like a psycho.”
Pattinson said he and co-star Guy Pearce, with whose character he forms an uneasy alliance in The Rover, had compared notes.
“We’re not really considered for those normal leading man roles — well, maybe I was for a little period after Twilight. I guess I gravitate towards niche things but also those are the things I get offered.”
Pattinson, who spent a month on location in South Australia while filming David Michod’s hotly-anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, says the closest he is ever likely to come to playing a classic leading man is his role as T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, which stars Nicole Kidman.
“I was playing Lawrence of Arabia! They are huge shoes to fill,” he said.
“I think it was my most challenging role so far. It was certainly the scariest, even though I only had a few scenes.”
The 28-year-old actor said Kidman was very different to how he expected she would be.
“I guess maybe I saw her as quite untouchable. I was only in Morocco for about 10 days, but she is really funny and super accessible — just hanging out with her kids.
“She was really easy to work with. I really liked her.”
Pattinson, who was photographed coming out of an LA gym immediately prior to boarding the plane to Australia, puts his relatively recent conversion to treadmills down to age.
“When you get to your late 20s, you start turning to fat. It’s crazy. You actually have to think about what you eat. It’s so annoying,” he said. “I thought it would happen a bit later.”
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“On working on Australian films, this is for you Rob…. the Australian industry has a reputation for being among the hardest working in the world, how was your experience with it?”
Rob: “I think it was a really special crew, it was quite harsh where we were but, also just having everyone on location as well and kind of no-one to my knowledge really fell out with each other, (laughs) yes it was amazing.”
Rob: “I was trying to get into Australian movies for a long time before I did this, I’m not sure why … I think it’s a confident and vibrant film industry.. and vital. I had a really great experience.”
Press Report from the Sydney Morning Herald
There is something “incredibly serene” and “strangely mystical” about the harsh Australian desert, says Robert Pattison, whose latest film The Rover was shot in the harsh conditions of South Australia’s Flinders Rangers.
Appearing in Sydney alongside his co-star Guy Pearce, and director David Michod to promote the film’s Australian tour, Pattinson said The Rover had fulfilled a long-standing dream of his to work on an Australian movie.
“I was trying to get into Australian movies for a long time before I got this [role]. It was a really special crew,” he said.
Set in an anarchical future ravaged by the collapse of the global financial system, The Rover sees Pattinson’s character Rey form an unlikely friendship with Eric, a guarded and angry drifter, played by Pearce.
The Brit hinted that the on-location shoot was a welcome respite from the unrelenting paparazzi, whose prying cameras he has struggled to escape since the blowout success of the Twilight juggernaut.
“I really liked it … being able to look to the horizon and see nothing,” he said.
For Guy Pearce, it was a case of the Australian outback beckoning his return, having been well-acquainted with the desert’s severe conditions in Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
But Pearce said Pattison needed no guidance on how to handle himself, and jokingly added that “he probably drank a little more vodka than I’d advise.”
Despite the film’s bleak premise, heavy survivalist themes and the exacting surrounds, Pearce said the atmosphere on set remained upbeat.
“It wasn’t really a heavy shoot … David’s got a good sense of humour and we had quite a good fun time on set.”
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