Rob’s Cannes 2014 Interview with Metro News – May 19

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Robert, you are in Cannes to present not one but two films. Is this a coincidence ? This is a nice surprise, although I admit that I really wanted that The Rover in particular was shown here. Actually we missed all the other festivals in the hope to be here. We focused on Cannes because it is the most beautiful in the world. Particularly as for a different film like this one.

As Maps To The Stars, this is a film made outside the Hollywood system. Is this an indicator of the direction you want your career to be after Twilight? What guides me is the desire to work with a director. I realized that if I work with the best in the world, there are chances that I’ll be happy with the result (laughs). I have a really satisfactory work experience. There are twenty filmmakers with whom I want to work and I just started. Next? This year Harmony Korine and Olivier Assayas. Then James Gray in January. We met, became friends and waited to find the right project.

In your place, many young actors try to land a superhero role, or at least a role in a big franchise. Have you considered? I never auditioned for this kind of film. And I ‘m not even sure I know how to play a superhero. If I have my place in this world (he thinks). It doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t do a big studio film at some point. Besides I look full. But I really struggled to find me there, as an actor.

In The Rover, you play a guy a little fool, that we don’t know much except that he is the scapegoat of his brother. How did you get the role? On the first reading, I heard his voice in my head. That of a guy who talks so low force being told to close his mouth. (laughs). So much so that every word that comes out of his mouth is suffering. It was a lot of fun though watching the first cut, some of my dialogue was inaudible!

You are also in the generic Maps to The Stars by David Cronenberg. Is the Hollywood portrayed in the movie as dark the one you know? I’ve always had a good time in Hollywood. Actually I like her dirty side as long as I don’t spend the whole year, that I dontt become a caricature as we see in the film. Remain an observer: I can tell you that there is a lot of weird people out there.

You often come across them? All the time! Actually perhaps now I am one…

Don’t tell me you sell your stool on the Internet as the young actors of the movie! Ah if I could… (laughs) Frankly everyone in Hollywood is a little crazy. The actors are in essence, if we consider that we are asked to play the variety of human emotions, sometimes in the same film. I assure you that you will struggle to meet more people dingo! (laughs)

Via: RPLife – translated by RPLife through Google Translate, for now. Thanks!

NEW U.S. Theatrical Poster for “The Rover” + Statement from David Michod

What a treat on Rob’s Birthday! We CANNOT WAIT to see this movie!!


Already one of our 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the good news is that unlike many films unspooling on the Croisette, we won’t have to wait too long to see “The Rover” in theatres at home. Arriving just in time to provide a smart summer antidote to the variety of big screen blockbusters on display, David Michod‘s latest promises a unique sun-cooked thriller, and today we have the exclusive look at the U.S. theatrical poster for the film.

Starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the story is set in the Australian outback, and follows a man who hunts down the gang of criminals who stole his car, forcing a wounded and abandoned member of the gang to help track them. And while the film is set in a dystopian future, the filmmaker hopes that the themes within will resonate with a contemporary audience. Here’s what he has to say in his director’s statement from the press notes for the film:

The Rover is set in an unspecified near–‐future, but is, in essence, a film about today. It’s about the rapacious capacity for under–‐regulated Western economies to destroy themselves and it’s about the inevitable shifting balance of global power. It’s about the seemingly intractable problems of human greed and environmental destruction and the despair these forces might elicit in struggling people. More than anything, it’s about the ways these factors affect the emotional lives of individuals.

Unlike many films set in a dystopian future, I don’t want the devastation of The Rover to be seen as the consequence of a single unforeseen cataclysmic or apocalyptic event. Imagined cataclysms frequently allow viewers or readers an opportunity to distance themselves from the earth and air of the story. I want The Rover to feel like an entirely conceivable world of the very near future, a world despoiled by very real forces and systems at work all around us today.

The Australian Outback of The Rover is a world ten years after a great Western economic collapse. It’s a near future of social and economic decay. Services, utilities, law and order have fallen into dangerous disrepair. And yet people from all corners of the world have come to this place to work the mines that feed the new world alignment, that feed the great powerhouses of this, the Asian century.

The world of the movie, as such, mirrors the American and Australian gold rushes of the 19th century. People are drawn to the land’s mines and with them come the leeches, the refuse, the hustlers and criminals who hope to exploit the mines’ margins.

This isn’t a complete collapse of society –‐ it’s an inversion of present–‐day global power dynamics. This is Australia as a resource–‐rich Third World country. This is the violence and unrest of contemporary Sierra Leone, DRC, Nigeria and Guinea.

And at the centre of this world are two men –‐ one, a murderously embittered Australian man, a former soldier who has lost his farm and his family; the other, a simple and naive American boy, too young to remember a time when things were anything other than what they are.

Fascinating stuff indeed, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the genre elements and bigger idea concepts are melted together by the “Animal Kingdom” director. “The Rover” opens in limited release on June 20th. Check out the U.S. theatrical poster below.

Source: Indiewire

“The Rover” to compete at Sydney Film Festival – Rob confirmed to attend!

Looks like Rob is headed back down under to promote The Rover at the Sydney Film Festival! He is slated to attend the June 7 premiere, as well as a Q & A session on June 8 with Guy Pierce, David Michod, and producer Liz Watts. Yay!

From Time Out Sydney:

Pattinson will walk the red carpet for Australian Premiere of The Rover

Twi-hards, hold onto your hats: R-Patz is coming to the Sydney Film Festival for the screening of his new film, The Rover.
Pattinson will join the film’s star, Guy Pearce, and writer-director David Michôd at the State Theatre for the film’s Australian Premiere on Saturday June 7. A futuristic thriller from the maker of Animal Kingdom, The Rover is one of 12 films in this year’s Official Competition.
Pattinson, Pearce, Michôd and producer Liz Watts will additionally give a talk as part of Vivid Ideas.
Other Festival guests include Cate Blanchett, who will also attend the festival to introduce DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Tickets are now on sale for the Festival which runs Jun 4-15.

Source: Time Out Sydney | Twitter / sydfilmfest