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Rob and Cronenberg’s Interview with Screenslam

In his interview with Screenslam during the NYC Cosmopolis press junket, Rob talks about Cosmopolis and his role as Eric Packer. He also discusses how frustrating it is that he reads a lot of similar scripts.

“I’ve never really worked on something where a director has ultimate control, it looked like very little people were questioning decisions, where as my experience on every film set I’ve ever had is just an unending series of everyone questioning the director, everyone questioning everything about everything and with this there was a very confidant atmosphere on set.” - Robert Pattinson

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Cronenberg Talks Rob & Cosmopolis w/

Cronenberg discusses why Rob was the right guy to play Eric Packer in Cosmopolis:

[Laughing] “Well, this is the magic of casting! I think as a director, it’s part of your job. It’s a really important part of your job. I think a lot of people don’t even realize that the director’s involved in casting. Some people say, ‘Did you choose your actors?,’ and I say, ‘Yes. You’re not a director if you don’t.’”

“Of course, you’re juggling many things, like I say. You’re juggling, for example, their passports. This is a Canada / France co-production and we were limited to one American actor. Most people of course don’t know that – nor should they. Paul Giamatti is the only American in this movie even though it takes place in New York City. So from that kind of aspect to just finding the right guy…of course he’s got to be the right age, there are a lot of things that are just basic. And then after that, though, there are no rules. You as a director just have to intuit that this actor will be able to carry off this role.”

“We often talk about chemistry, for example, in movies between actors, let’s say. When I was doing A Dangerous Method, Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender – how do I know they have chemistry together because I had never seen them in a movie together? They’ve never been in one; they’ve never met each other. I don’t see them together until I’m actually directing them, so I have to be this kind of dating master who can anticipate that this couple will be good together. It’s a strange kind of thing. So you give yourself credit when it works, and you have to berate yourself when somehow it hasn’t worked. That’s basically where you’re left.”

Further, Cronenberg describes the chemistry he had with Rob, saying that Rob was thinking that he’d be “alone in the limo, a one-man show with a lot of day players coming in.” However, Cronenberg said that he had reassured Rob that this wasn’t the case, saying that “[he would] be there; [he would] be there every moment.”

Read the full interview here.

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Cronenberg talks about Rob with ‘Salon’

Cronenberg talks about the steps it took to cast Rob as Eric Packer, emphasizing the fact that it was a Canada-France co-production, meaning that the film’s location was not in the United States. Therefore, passports and visas became a significant decision-maker in casting the movie. Rob, being the amazing, charismatic, British actor that he was, was perfect for the role:

So I looked at everything I could find that Rob had done, including “Little Ashes,” where he plays the young Salvador Dali, and I thought, yeah, he could really do this. And I think he’s actually extraordinary. It’s ultimately intuition on my part, and casting is a huge part of directing that’s very invisible. Making-of documentaries don’t usually cover the casting process, but for a director it’s a hugely important part of your art. Juggling all those other balls that I was just talking about, and still coming up with the right guy.

Cronenberg further comments about whether he thinks Rob is “eager to change his image after ‘Twilight’, and push into doing different kinds of characters:”

Well, I know from doing interviews with him in Europe that he’s not really thinking in terms of his career. He gets offered a lot of stuff, and it’s usually very conventional, boring stuff. He’s always been interested in doing unusual stuff. He’ll tell you that when they started with “Twilight,” he thought it was kind of an indie film. Which it sort of was, you know! It had Catherine Hardwicke as the original director, and it was an unusual, off-kilter vampire story. Nobody knew that it would be the kind of mainstream success that it became.

In a way, “Cosmopolis” is a lot closer to his heart than “Twilight,” you know. When he read it, he told me that he was also struck by the dialogue. He thought it was incredibly fresh and new and surprising and engaging, and he immediately wanted to do it. He was afraid, because I think he still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that he’s actually an actor! He didn’t grow up thinking he wanted to be an actor. As with many actors, and not just young, inexperienced ones, he wasn’t sure he was good enough! He wasn’t sure he was the right guy, and he didn’t want to be the guy who would bring down this terrific project. So my job, at that point, was to convince him that he was indeed the right guy. That took me about 10 days, I suppose.

Read the full interview here.

Source: Salon | via RPLife

Rob and Cronenberg’s Interview with ‘The Boston Globe’

Rob and Cronenberg talk to ‘The Boston Globe’ about adapting the novel, Cosmopolis, to the big screen and the experience they shared while ringing the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange.

One of the most difficult tasks for Cronenberg was translating the intricate dialogue from the novel to the silver screen. In order to keep the flavor of the book in tact, Cronenberg maintained the poeticism. When asked about whether Cronenberg and Rob had a better understanding of the story now that they’ve finished filming, they both respond with saying that they are still learning new themes and interpretations:

Pattinson: Well, I like it. I don’t think that confusion is necessarily a bad thing. We’ve done hundreds of interviews now and I still find myself coming up with new things to say.

Cronenberg: Those statements that we made, which were very candid, can be misinterpreted as meaning we were inept, incompetent. But not at all. You know, I don’t do storyboards, for example. I don’t really know what I’m going to do at every set up and every shot. It’s all very spontaneous and of-the-moment, even what lens to use. That’s what we’re talking about. We don’t have it all mapped out. We’re trusting the script and trusting the dialogue that is all 100 percent Don DeLillo’s and taken from the novel directly. We know that if we respond directly to that . . . the movie will have its coherence.

Further in the interview, Rob and Cronenberg are asked to share their experiences from ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange:

Cronenberg: All through the halls of the stock exchange they have these monitors built into the walls, and they were all showing clips of “Cosmopolis.” All of the people there who were marshaling us were incredibly excited about the movie and really wanted to see it. And they were incredibly friendly and sweet, and I was suddenly thinking, “This is the wonderful, friendly face of capitalism. I don’t know why I’ve been fighting it for so long. I think I’m going to buy some stock.” [Pattinson laughs.] And the stock exchange is about marketing. To link the starting of the day with some product that’s being marketed was a no-brainer. And the fact that it might be rather ironic that we were opening the stock exchange; I don’t think it occurred to them.

Pattinson: I’m so clueless about anything to do with that world. I was kind of just terrified that I was somehow going to mess it up. And also to see people’s enthusiasm. It’s so alien. Even people’s attitudes there. It seems so alien to me. I mean, I’ve met traders before, but in their own environment — everyone’s extremely happy, which is not what I expected. It doesn’t seem stressful at all. They were all excited about seeing who was going to ring the bell this morning. They had the American gymnastics team closing it that day. It looks like a really fun place to work.

When asked about how well Rob and Cronenberg have gotten along during this publicity tour, Cronenberg responds, “we were Tweedledum and Tweedledee.” I think I can speak for everyone when I say that a Cronenberg film is not the most commercialized piece of film. Therefore, his fan base tends to be a bit off-kilter. Rob comments on the interesting mix of Cronenberg’s horror fans and his own Twilight fans:

Pattinson: Absolutely. We were in London and we did a Q&A and it was two very diverse groups of people who suddenly came into contact with each other for I think probably the first time. And, I don’t know . . . David’s horror film fans . . . and general “Twilight” female fans . . . are actually quite a good pairing. I think both of them didn’t see anything in each other first of all, but they’re quite a good, odd couple. When you see a bearded guy with long hair, who absolutely will weep [for Cronenberg] . . . and then a “Twilight” fan who will weep at that, they actually look like a couple.

Read the full article here.

Source: The Boston Globe | via RPLife