Rob Talks about The Rover w/ The Sydney Morning Herald [Cannes 2014]

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Within that environment, two contrasting characters meet and join forces – for reasons that only gradually become clear. Michod wrote one of the roles with one of his Animal Kingdom stars in mind: Guy Pearce. Pattinson, however, was far from his thoughts until they had an unrelated meeting in Los Angeles.

‘‘I like to meet actors, and I like to meet actors whose work I’m not necessarily familiar with,’’ Michod says. He had never seen any of the Twilight films, the hugely successful vampire romance franchise that made Pattinson a household name and a paparazzi target. ‘‘But I heard a couple of people say that he’s interesting.’’ When they met, he found Pattinson ‘‘very smart and not the sort of pretty boy I was expecting’’.

Talking to Pattinson, in the final stages of the shoot, it is clear he was more than enthusiastic. He was already aware of the members of Blue-Tongue and had seen several of the films. ‘‘I like the way they work together and keep it quite tight. It reminded me of me and my friends, and I knew it was the kind of environment I wanted to work in – with a bunch of young people who were ambitious.”

What’s more, he loved Animal Kingdom.When The Rover came his way, he was in.

‘‘It was such a startlingly original script. When I read it, I thought, this is one of those parts where you think, ‘I’d love to do this, but I know I’m not going to get it.’’’ He did a couple of tests in Michod’s Los Angeles house. ‘‘They were exhausting, they were about three hours long, but it was kind of fun. I liked the way he worked in the audition. Normally, they’re such horrible experiences.’’

Pattinson’s character, Rey, is an American. He and his brother have come to Australia to work, but have fallen on hard times. He is naive and trusting ‘‘in a really strange way. He was brought up to believe he’s not capable of being independent. [He is] someone who has always been looked after and he has taken it with him into adulthood.’’

So when he loses contact with his brother at the beginning of the film, he is stranded. ‘‘He grabs onto the first person who comes along’’ – and this happens to be Pearce’s character, who has an ulterior motive for joining forces. ‘‘No matter how he gets treated, Rey just wants to please him. There’s something so strange and disturbing about the whole relationship.’’

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The Rover will screen as part of the Sydney Film Festival, which runs from June 4-15. David Michod will discuss the film with Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and producer Liz Watts at Sydney Town Hall on June 8.

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Rob’s Interview w/ ETCanada for The Rover [Cannes 2014]

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.

Source: ETCanada

David Michôd Talks About Rob & The Rover w/ HitFix

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Michôd burst on the scene in 2010 after “Animal Kingdom” became, arguably, Sundance’s greatest foreign success of the past decade. Not only did it launch Michôd’s career, but it earned star Jacki Weaver her first Academy Award nomination and long-deserved recognition outside of Australia. And directing an actor to an Oscar nomination in your first film is sort of big deal. Instead of being swooped up by a major studio project, however, Michôd reunited with his “Kingdom” colleagues and friends for “The Rover,” which premiered Sunday as a midnight selection in Cannes.

Set 10 years after “the fall,” the new thriller is set in an Australian outback reeling from a global economic collapse. This isn’t “Mad Max” or an increasingly familiar post-apocalyptic setting you’ve seen in theaters or on TV. Lawlessness abounds, people are barely surviving, but there is some structure to the world. The storyline centers on the unlikely pairing of Eric (Guy Pearce) and Rey (Robert Pattinson). The former is attempting to get his car back from the latter’s brother for reasons that are not revealed until the final scene in the film. It’s a harsh, dark film with some stellar set pieces and committed turns by both leads. More importantly, there’s no sophomore slump for Michôd here.

The 41-year-old filmmaker had worked with Pearce in “Animal Kingdom” and both he and Joel Edgerton, who received a shared story-by credit, created Eric with him in mind. Pattinson, on the other hand, was a different story. Michôd had a general meeting with the actor before he “The Rover” became his follow-up and says he just immediately liked him.

“I found him really beguiling and I loved his physical energy, and he was smart and had a wonderfully open face,” Michôd recalls. “When it came time to start testing for the character, I knew I wanted to see him, but yeah, I didn’t know what he was capable of. I think he knew that people didn’t know what he was capable of as well and so he was very willing to work and work hard. But very quickly when he came in to test for me I could just see this skill set that he just hasn’t been able to showcase.”

Those instincts paid off. Pattinson’s work is clearly the best of his career as he makes sure the slightly “off” Rey isn’t just Pattinson playing the big screen “Robert Pattinson.” Many audiences, however, will be surprised to find the Brit is playing an American in this setting. Obvious box office benefits to having American characters aside, Michôd says it was more important that “The Rover” felt vaguely international.

“I felt like [a few Americans] would assist in creating this world that suggested a kind of global economic meltdown, if suddenly people were just moving everywhere or doing what people had done for centuries,” Michôd says. “If you think about the Australian gold and American gold rushes of the 19th Century, there were people from all over the world, people from China and Europe, every corner coming to strange corners of the planet to try and eke out a living pretty desperately.”

Pearce probably won’t get the credit he deserves for his work in the film, but it’s another four-star performance to add to a resume that already includes excellent turns in “L.A. Confidential,” “Memento,” “The Proposition,” “The King’s Speech,” “Prometheus” and the aforementioned “Animal Kingdom.” Pearce’s focus is most remarkable once you realize he has flies camping out all over his face in scene after scene and never blinks.

“He was quite happy to have them crawling all over his face,” Michôd jokes. “The only time he’ll react is when they’re actually crawling on his eyeball. He’s had them going up his nose.”

Michôd will spend the next month or so on a publicity tour for “The Rover” Down Under and across the US.

Source: HitFix