Rob talks to The Independent about MTTS and what it was like to have money for the first time

Maps to the Stars‘ is the title of the new David Cronenberg film starring Robert Pattinson.

It refers to the Hollywood cartography that informs tourists where to find the homes of their favourite actors. Anyone buying one of these plans will be tremendously disappointed if they are looking for the home of Britain’s most famous vampire. Last year the actor decided to sell his mansion in Griffith Park, near the famous Hollywood sign in central Los Angeles, saying he was too young to be tied to such a lavish property and instead wanted to lay low and live life to his needs rather than his means.

“The house was so amazing,” he says of the abode that he sold for $6.37m. “I wasn’t really thinking when I got it. I was just living in LA and had been living in and out of hotels, and you have money for the first time.”

When he says money, he means a mind-boggling amount, for anyone, not just a young British actor. He reportedly received $20m for the final part of Twilight, the saga that made him a global name, and made his private life fodder for public consumption. Pattinson reveals that the selling of the house is part of a general disassociation with Hollywood. “If you are the kind of person who needs to be pushed into doing something, then Hollywood is not the right place, so I think I might be done with Los Angeles. I’ve just realised that in the past few weeks.”

We meet on the day of the Toronto Film Festival premiere of Maps to the Stars and there is a yearning for Barnes, West London, where he grew up. His dad imported vintage cars from America, and his mother worked for a modelling agency, a profession Pattinson entered just before he hit his teens. “I think I need to spend more time in London, or just move around a bit more. I’ve been in LA for six or seven years or something and it’s weird. The more you stay there, especially as an actor, the more you think you need to be there, that you’ll be missing out on something by leaving, but you are not really. It’s a fun city, though, but you are permanently on holiday there. I feel like I’ve been on holiday there since I was 22.”

It seems the 28-year-old has had enough of the focus being on his romantic life rather than his career. His relationship with fellow Twilight star Kristen Stewart dominated headlines before a very public split after she was caught cheating on him by a paparazzo’s lens, and now there’s endless speculation that he’s going out with every girl who happens to be in the same room as him. The fascination with his love life must be frustrating because, since the Twilight franchise ended, not many column inches have been expended on the impressive résumé he has been building.

In addition to working with Cronenberg twice, he gave one of his best performances as a left-for-dead armed robber in David Michôd’s Australian outback thriller TheRover and he’s just finished playing TE Lawrence for Werner Herzog in Queen of the Desert and photographer Dennis Stock for Anton Corbijn . On the horizon is an adaptation of David Grann’s book The Lost City of Z, to be directed by James Gray.

The impressive list has come about because the actor has been seeking out auteurs: “In the last two years, I’ve just done stuff just for the director and not really thought that much about the script,” he says. “Now I’m swinging it back a little bit, trying to get a medium between the two”

He’s clearly thankful to the Canadian director Cronenberg for taking a chance on him, especially when people wondered if all he had to offer was a blank stare into the eyes of his co-stars. “After working with Cronenberg it just opened stuff up. People sort of approach you in a different way. I think also when it got into Cannes as well. Now I’ve done a few other things and it kind of works on a bit of a roll, working with auteur-y guys.”

There is an odd link between Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars, in that in Cosmopolis he played a financial hotshot who went around New York in his limo for pretty much the whole movie, whereas in Maps he plays a limo driver who wants to be a screenwriter. Pattinson quips, “It’s a bit weird. It’s like Cosmopolis was the audition for this: ‘Well he fits into a limo, why look for someone else?’”

Maps to the Stars is about the odd characters that populate Hollywood. Pattinson has an affair with a personal assistant (Mia Wasikowska) and then memorably has sex on the back seat of a car with her boss, Havana – Julianne Moore won the best actress gong at Cannes for her portrayal of an actress whose best days are behind her. It’s a Hollywood full of oddball characters that Pattinson knows all too well; “I’ve met characters that are pretty similar to those depicted. Everyone is saying that the film’s so biting, but I think it’s sympathetic to a host of characters. Women like Havana, in reality people would despise her, they don’t have any friends for a reason, but I don’t think anyone comes out of the movie hating her and I think that’s testament to Julianne’s performance. It’s interesting and that’s why people are interested in the subject, it’s a bunch of weirdos who spend a lot of time self-obsessing and talk about it afterwards.”

The 28-year-old says he’s not exactly in a position to talk: “I self-obsess a lot. When I’m doing interviews I’m always waiting for some stupid remark to come out.” When he first entered the room, his opening gambit to me was, “I’m so bad at doing press junkets”. As he said this he had a glint in his eye that gave the impression he thinks much of it is a charade. “I try to avoid getting into any subject where I’m locked into something. It’s not like I’m a politician or something. I used to be so dumb in interviews, I used to try and make jokes all the time and everyone is thinking, ‘this guy is a moron, he’s just been saying dumb stuff for years and years’.”

Herzog is a director he has long admired and he jumped at the change to appear in his Gertrude Bell biography Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman as the British archaeologist who helped draw the border between Iraq and Jordan at the turn of the 19th century. Pattinson has subsequently found out from his dad that he’s related to the traveller.

In the film he plays TE Lawrence. “It’s sort of close to the real guy, it’s certainly not [the film] Lawrence of Arabia-like,” he says. “At the same time the guy was really small and I’m not physically kind of right for the part, but I think I have quite a good little handle of who he is. After I got cast I started researching and there are certain things you can’t do as I’m just not physically the same so I had to invent it a little bit, and it’s a small part as well. The film’s about Gertrude Bell, it’s really not about making Lawrence of Arabia.”

And doing smaller role suits him just fine: “It’s quite nice doing small parts. Then the film isn’t totally reliant on what I do in it, so I get to work with who I want to work with and it’s not my fault if it doesn’t make any money.”

 

Source: The Independent UK

Maps to the Stars in Cahiers Du Cinéma Magazine

New BTS Still and Interview with Cronenberg who mentions Rob

‘Maps to the Stars’ is on the cover of the French Cahiers Du Cinéma Magazine, featuring a long and spoiler-filled interview with David Cronenberg where he mentions Rob a few times and there’s a new behind the scenes still with Rob and Mia.

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Translation of the Rob Mentions

A child kills another near a urinal, it goes a long way … At the same time, the beauty of the movie is that it’s ‘for’ children, to save the children. The character played by Mia Wasikowska is older but behaves like a child. She gathers children.
Yes the main character is the sweetest, most naive, the purest even she’s crazy. She isn’t here to become a star but to solve a family trauma. Jerome’s character played by Robert Pattinson is also a child. He isn’t born in Los Angeles, he comes from Indiana and elsewhere, he believes that he is able to play the game. It’s pathetic, he’ll be destroyed like a child. He’s too vulnerable. He plays the badass people but he doesn’t. At the end, the children are destroyed by monsters. This is the new direction taken by the poem Liberté which was written by Paul Eluard at the time of the Resistance. Here, freedom is death.

Why did you have so much difficulties to make Maps To The Stars ?
My movies are canadian-UK, Canadian-French or Canadian-German coproductions. I had to shoot at least five days in Los Angeles. We couldn’t recreate Hollywood in Toronto, we had to shoot there, it’s so special. We shot twenty four days in Toronto and five in L.A. One of the problems was to find a coproduction allowing to shoot in the States, and therefore spending money in the United States rather than in the coproducing country. And in most coproductions, it’s not possible to have a co writer which isn’t from the coproduction country … There is also the problem of the actors : we were only allowed to have one American actor, and that’s John Cusack. Julianne Moore has a British passport, Mia Wasikowska is Australian with a Polish passport, Robert Pattinson is English. We didn’t manage to find a coproduction eight years ago or five years ago either. And this is the coproduction with Germany which allowed us to get an American screenwriter. And Saïd Ben Saïd joined us. Here is the reality with which I have to deal as an independent director !

In Maps To The Stars, we can feel the light of Los Angeles. At the end, on the terrace of the hospital, the decor is very strange, we can feel the hills behind.
You believed it? This scene is a CGI one! We shot the hills and we put behind the scenes in Toronto. There was nothing around. I know that in Los Angeles, we would see the hills, that’s why I put this background. We did the same the thing in the scene where Mia discovers Rob on set, the Hollywood hills in the background are made in CGI. When people ask me if I like CGI, I say yes: not to create monsters, but to give birth to this kind of atmosphere without anyone noticing it. It’s invisible but it helps to create a certain reality.

Was it a joke to shoot Robert Pattinson as a limo driver after Cosmopolis?
No. Of course, I thought about it, but he loved the idea of being a part of an ensemble, not being the lead actor. So this is a chance … In fact, in the movie, he’s Bruce Wagner, because Bruce was a limo driver for years, and the lead part in his first novel, Force Majeure, is a limo driver. But only a few people saw Cosmopolis, so nobody will think about it. I hope there will be more people going to see Maps To The Stars (laughs)!

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Via: RPLife (you can read the full interview translation there)

New Rob Portrait & Interview with Le Parisien [Cannes 2014]

Thanks to RPLife for the translation!

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Post-apocalyptic western, “The Rover”, thats screened out of competition,
takes place in the Australian outback. But the film caused a sensation at
Cannes, thanks to it’s Hollywoodian cast: Guy Pearce (“LA Confidential”)
and Robert Pattinson, star of “Twilight,” that play lawless men,
struggling to survive.

Yesterday we met with the former partner Kristen
Stewart, 28, also in Cannes for “Maps to the Stars,” by the Canadian
David Cronenberg.

We did not expect you in “The Rover” (Release
June 4), this violent road trip frim Australian director David
Michôd…

ROBERT PATTINSON: Me neither… I’ve been very lucky
since I finished the “Twilight Saga”. You can’t imagine how many
interesting scripts I get, like “The Rover.” I loved “Animal
Kingdom”
, the last film by David Michôd. So when I was offered the character
of Rey, the young American severely wounded by soldiers abandoned in the desert,
which is faced with a bitter and withdrawn Australian farmer played by Guy
Pearce, I rushed into the adventure . This is a merciless
face-to-face!

Was it difficult filming in the Australian
outback?

Formidable instead! We spent seven weeks in beautiful, wild,
remote from civilization areas. It was a nine-hour drive from Adelaide. Without
laptops, without tv etc… And without the paparazzi! It was another life, in
the depths of the desert. This inhuman atmosphere is felt throughout the movie,
this feeling of doom like in “Mad Max”.

You are also at Cannes
with “Maps to the Stars”

I think I would do all Cronenberg’s
films if he asked me. Two years after “Cosmopolis” where my character
lived permanently in his big limousi , it amused me that gave me the role of a
driver of the stars in Hollywood. This is a secondary role, but oh so
significant, alongside the great Julianne Moore.

For an actor of your
calibre, Hollywood, what does that mean?

A sort of bonfire of vanities. A
fierce hard place, full of money , where ego and jealousy are terribly
exacerbated. Where everyone wants to be famous at any cost. It’s very, very hard
to live there. Especially, if you do not have a serious professional environment
and real friends to keep you from all temptations. Me, I ‘m doing fine. I
managed to live my life and fame. Probably because I know the dangers and
pitfalls …

“Twilight” is well and truly over…
Ah yes! It is
well and truly over! I’m too old now to play the undead! There are so many
directors with whom I really want to work .

Which?
Brady
Corbet, a young director who will direct me in “The Childhood of a
Leader,
” Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) soon. And the French
Olivier Assayas for a gangster movie that I’ll film in the end of the year in
the United States. I also hope one day Quentin Tarantino…

From RPLife: “(Gangster movie? Looks like it really is “Hubris”, Assayas next project
announced last year – read more here)

Source: Le Parisien

Via: RPLife

Maps To The Stars Reviews and Reactions

We got the first reactions to Maps To The Stars. Click on the links to read the full reviews.

Please keep in mind that the reviews can contain spoilers.

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Reviews

The Wrap

“His Cannes entry, “Maps to the Stars,” returns in a way to territory Cronenberg explored in “Dead Ringers,” and it’s probably the director’s best film in at least a decade. Here, working with the talented literary satirist of Hollywood culture, Bruce Wagner, Cronenberg has hit his stride in a big way. He nails our celebrity-obsessed culture, and the sickness it breeds, right to the wall

(…)

Cusack is appropriately creepy as the father, and Williams is solid. To say any more about them is really to spoil things. Robert Pattinson has a small part, but gets a love scene, of course, to satisfy his fans. Pattinson and Cronenberg are developing a nice collaboration, however, and here’s to hoping we get to see more from the two of them.”

The Playlist

“The director’s also been gifted a cracking cast for the material. Before you ask: no, Robert Pattinson isn’t in it all that much (his role could argue be lifted from the film without too much problem), but yes, he’s pretty good in it. Plus you get to see him as a sort of glam-rock version of Khan from “Star Trek,” so there’s that. Olivia Williams’ role is similarly underwritten, but she does find new texture to the kind of ice maiden that she’s riffed on before.

(…)

But on the whole, the film is a sickly enjoyable wallow in the scandalous, fucked-up side of showbusiness, and a real return to form for the filmmaker. If nothing else, it’ll rid you of any last desire to go on an actual LA star tour, and that alone is something to be thankful for.”

Telegraph

“Jerome, a chauffeur and would-be actor winningly played by Robert Pattinson.

(…)

My instant reaction, after stumbling, open-mouthed, from the cinema, was a pathological need to stumble back in again. There’s so much in this seething cauldron of a film, so many film-industry neuroses exposed and horrors nested within horrors, that one viewing is too much, and not nearly enough. Cronenberg has made a film that you want to unsee – and then see and unsee again.”

The Guardian

“Maps to the Stars is a tense and scary movie, unwholesome in the hold that it has on the audience. Perhaps, in the end, it is too extravagantly cynical to be entirely truthful about Hollywood and LA, but it has a Jacobean power, the kind of thing that John Webster or Thomas Middleton and William Rowley might write if they were living in the 21st century: a claustrophobic nightmare of despair.”

Film 4

“Maps To The Stars is a film having plenty of fun with the notion of Hollywood dynasties and the processes by which success is achieved and cemented – who knows whom, who’s seeing whom, who hates whom: all the invisible, untraceable connections that bind Hollywood together. The joke is that there is no map to these stars, and without an innate sense of direction you’ll soon be lost. Hollywood is often decried as incestuous, and this film plays that idea to the hilt, with the product of incestuous breeding even more troubled and egotistical than the generation before that.”

Little White Lies

“True to style, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is a work of cinematic fusion. Like the weeping vagina hidden underneath Marylin Burns’ armpit, here we have a bracingly blasé investigation into unmentionable family taboos which has been forcibly integrated onto the body of a noxious (and not wholly convincing) La La Land burlesque. There are no waspish one-liners or ironic rib-nudges here — this is a punk jeremiad which rams your face into the constipated asshole of Hollywood. The thrill of watching the film comes from attempting to locate the strained sinews where these two strange sides converge — or, as the film would have it, finding “the flesh that says yes”.”

Twitch Film

“Julianne Moore’s raw power is on display, but the Blanche DuBois act feels equally wrought. Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson are perfectly fine. Newcomer Evan Bird can spout “Jew cunt” as written on the page and come across as douchey when called for, but his venom comes across more as school-bully than truly demonic child actor.”

Time Out London

“The story is wild, but it’s dragged through the rough patches, when satire rubs up against exaggeration, by three killer performances from Waskikowska, Moore and newcomer Bird. Cronenberg’s direction feels at home in a world of soulless homes and offices, clubs at night and flash cars. He locates a deeply sick spirit in his tale and explores it through far-fetched fiction told with deadly seriousness, also adding a dose of baroque to proceedings and a streak of wicked humour. ‘Maps of the Stars’ offers some ludicrous moments and a fair few bum notes, but we’re still left with a troubling sense of infected bloodlines, sick Hollywood genes and a world any sane person would run a mile from.”

Indiewire

“Only Pattinson, in a handful of scenes, is underutilized—yet the new context of his celebrity in this anti-celebrity project marks one more satisfying ingredient in Cronenberg’s subversive mixture. “Maps to the Stars” is like a poetic dissection of familiar ingredients that zeroes in on its worst offenders. Every major plot point, from Havana struggling to land a role playing her own mother to Agatha seeking to reenact a perverted incident from her parents’ past, underscores the impression of Hollywood’s redundant tendencies enveloped in an eternal downward cycle.”

Movie City News

“Because Wagner’s script calls for actors to do and say depraved things with a straight face, the film couldn’t have been made—in this current form, anyway—without Cronenberg’s history of directing violence and dissecting the psycho-bizarre. Every player, especially Julianne Moore, surprises with their eagerness to go with the flow of debauchery. Mia Wasikowska is crazier here than she was in Stoker, and that’s saying something. Robert Pattinson, Cronenberg’s oddly appropriate muse, no longer needs to prove his authenticity as a proper actor. Finally, we need to see more of Evan Bird, witnessed here in his breakout role as a hilarious asshole narcissist. To be sure, Cronenberg’s navigation combined with Wagner’s pen (“it’s a fucking art film!”) make Maps to the Stars both a standout of Cannes 2014, and the best film the director has made since 2005.”

Variety

““Maps” is the most overtly comedic screenplay Cronenberg has ever directed, but he hasn’t tailored his lensing or editing style to fit. The laughs come anyway, although some of Wagner’s funniest moments are left to languish, including an astoundingly inappropriate scene in which Havana celebrates the tragedy that forces a rival actress to resign from the role she’d coveted. If anything, Cronenberg has introduced a level of uncertainty as to whether it’s even appropriate to laugh when, say, Dr. Weiss starts punching his daughter in the stomach or Benjie strangles his young Ron Howard-like co-star — and the mayhem only escalates from there.”

The Film Stage

“Benjie, Agatha, and Havana make up the central narrative dynamic of Maps to the Stars, as Wagner’s script gets into the incestuous world of Hollywood’s sequels and remakes through, well, literal incest. The dull metaphor worked out here does mutate and become more and more strange—preemptions of the dead, Paul Eluard’s resistance poem Liberté, and many fires and eventual blood—that bring the film out of its broad strokes of pill popping and the private-public blend. And Cronenberg certainly shows his constrict control of tone: a shot reverse shot conversation is always given very subtle touches in his direction under Peter Suschitzky’s intensely white color palette; they’re rarely shot equidistant from each other, the camera always slanted to give one character just a sly bit of power. Howard Shore’s futuristic tones carry a hypnotic power that carries the film through its obsession with destiny.”

Standard UK

“Maps to the Stars begins as blistering comedy, like a more extreme version of Curb Your Enthusiasm, with a touch of The Bling Ring thrown in, but it soon morphs into a different kind of film, the dead returning in hallucination. Bruce Wagner’s script takes a fantasy turn that perhaps doesn’t make other than imaginative sense — but this is a funny, hypnotically nasty movie that goes further than anything before in treating Hollywood as a sickness.”

Hollywood Elsewhere

“Map really cuts to the rancid bone of Hollywood fuckwad culture in a mad-brushstroke way. I think…no, I know it’s Cronenberg’s best since A History of Violence or Spider, and before that Crash, Dead Ringers and The Dead Zone. Julianne Moore owns it pretty much as a nearly over-the-hill actress who’s desperate to stay in the game, but everyone else is on the same page here — John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Robert Pattinson (yes, he’s on the stick), Sarah Gadon and the afore-mentioned Bird. They all get what’s going on, and it’s all quite perfect and complete.”

Roger Ebert.com

““Maps to the Stars” is “Mullholland Dr.” on a different type of acid: unlike David Lynch’s eerie vision of Hollywood as a nightmare glazed in sunshine, this Bruce Wagner-scripted satire positions Tinseltown as the most coveted insane asylum on the planet (not to mention a village of the damned, which it has remained at least since Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Blvd.”). The interlocking constellations of characters—played by the appropriately stellar ensemble of Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams and the newcomer Evan Bird—all revolve around the idea of childhood: variously lost, corrupted, belated or revived. John Cusack’s new-age therapist helps others to locate their “magical child”, and the characters are regularly visited by specters of dead kids (all craving a strange union that the living perpetually deny them).”

Independent UK

“Pattinson (in his second film with Cronenberg after Cosmopolis) brings a sly humour to his role as the young actor on the make, genial but as much on the make as anyone else. Wasikowska is wonderfully detached and calm as the angel of destruction.”

Way to Indie

“As ever with Cronenberg though, the acting is there as moral support to the more crucial element of theme and screenplay. The corruption depicted in this degenerative society is probably as far from the actual truth as the mention of a real-life celebrity is in the film (they’re mentioned a lot.) The razor-sharp screenplay is its biggest weapon, but it tends to cut too deep at times with certain lines bordering on cliche. Fans of the post-Spder Cronenberg will, I believe, devour every surreal and entertaining moment of Maps To The Stars. For my tastes, the dark humor and the intelligent weaving of violence, fame, and star-mania is enough to make me appreciate it and call it the best film Cronenberg has made since Eastern Promises. The themes of incest, and some of the characters’ fates (not Julianne Moore’s though, that was fantastic) went over the top and made the nightmarish atmosphere too lucid for its own good. All in all though, great fun, and an invigorating addition to Cronenberg’s offbeat filmography.”

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