By Fred Topel
New Moon is here and the Twi-Hards have yet another opportunity to ogle Robert Pattinson. The sequel to Twilight is actually his least present role. Edward Cullen breaks up with Bella, trying to protect her. Of course she needs him too badly, but by the time he returns, Team Jacob has gained traction. Here are a few thoughts from Pattinson’s press conference.
Q: What sort of adjustment did you have to make to Chris Weitz as the new director of New Moon? We heard he gave you a full syllabus of information.
Robert Pattinson: Insomuch as when he gave that out, I mean, I’ve never had that, from any director. It was 40 or 50 pages long, and this is in addition to a bunch of letters and emails and everything, trying to show that he was on the same page as us and was completely with us, in making the film. And, he didn’t falter from that attitude, throughout the whole movie. It probably sounds ridiculous how much praise this guy gets. I was just with him and his wife in Japan, and she was even kind of sick of it. But, he is like a saint. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met, let alone directors. I think in a lot of ways, it shows in the movie. It’s got a lot of heart, especially for a sequel in a franchise. He’s just a great person to work with.
Q: If there was a fight between Edward and Jacob, who would win?
Robert Pattinson: I don’t know. I think it’s actually a fact that Edward would win, I think, if I read the books correctly. So, I guess I can hold onto that, for my ego.
Q: What about in a fight between you and Taylor Lautner?
Robert Pattinson: I did hear, the other day, that Taylor had agreed to an interview where the interviewer was going to fight him. I don’t think I’d ever agree to that. And, after looking at Taylor’s martial arts videos from when he was like nine, I wouldn’t really want to do anything. Maybe if I had some kind of weapon.
Q: What was it like watching Taylor transform physically?
Robert Pattinson: I didn’t see Taylor until just a little bit before we started shooting, so when he came back, I had the same reaction as everybody else. I was like, “Now I have to go to the gym.”
Q: Appearing in most of the movie as only a series of visions, did you feel disjointed from your cast mates at all?
Robert Pattinson: Those scenes were the hardest scenes. They weren’t really at the time, but when I saw the first cut of the movie, we changed them quite a bit in the edit and ADR. As for being alone, I’ve always felt a little bit aloof as the character, throughout the whole series. I think that’s how he is, so I didn’t really feel any particularly different.
Q: Did you ever want to be in the movie more?
Robert Pattinson: There was talk, at the beginning, of showing his backstory in South America, going around moping or something. That would have been terrifying for me, and I think it would have been catastrophic for the film as well. I fought as far as I could to keep it as limited as possible, mainly because it just doesn’t happen in the book. But then, at the same time, it’s scary just to do a voice-over because it could well end up being very cheesy. I guess there was a medium.
Q: Who is your favorite movie vampire of all time, and why?
Robert Pattinson: I don’t really know. I always think of the wrong people. I always think, “Ethan Hawke in Interview with a Vampire,” and someone will say, “He’s not the vampire. He’s the interviewer. [Note: Still wrong. You’re thinking of Christian Slater.]” There’s a bunch. I actually really like Wesley Snipes. I think Wesley Snipes is great.
Q: How do you maintain the balance of letting your fans and the public know who you are, outside of just being Edward, but also keep your private life private?
Robert Pattinson: I think you just do it through doing jobs. It’s such a risky thing, doing interviews. I try to limit the amount of interviews I do. No one is that interesting, especially when you’re not really saying anything. And, I don’t particularly want to be some kind of character in society. So, I guess the only thing you can do is do jobs and see if people respond to that. But, I’m always holding onto the fact that I don’t really know who I am, so hopefully I won’t compartmentalize myself because of that. I’m just completely ignorant of the whole thing. I’ve never really struggled with anything, up until recently. I’ve got to stop being so self-depreciating because people are starting to believe it. They’ll be like, “That guy is an idiot,” so I’ve tried to stop doing that.
Q: With everything that you’ve got going on now, how do you keep your life from just being a blur?
Robert Pattinson: It is just a blur. There are random moments which stand out, but generally, you’re working so much, I mean this year I’ve been working so much this year that you’re living in an almost alternate reality. The hours on a film set are so long that you’re doing doctor hours, and every doctor that I’ve ever spoken to says the same thing, that you have no idea what’s going on, other than working. Especially you’re away from your family and friends, and all that stuff.
Q: The ladies love you. Are you a romantic person, in real life? What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?
Robert Pattinson: I haven’t done that many romantic things, in my life.
Q: Have you ever serenaded somebody?
Robert Pattinson: Oh, no! I don’t think that would ever be romantic. You need to have so much balls to do that. Jesus Christ! I actually can’t think of a single romantic thing I’ve ever done. That’s terrible.
Q: Have you ever given anyone flowers?
Robert Pattinson: Yeah, I did. I put a flower in someone’s locker when I was 15 years old. This girl, called Maria. Maybe I was 14. She actually thought it was from someone else, and the other guy claimed it as well, which was just great.
Q: What’s the weirdest or funniest thing you’ve ever read or heard about yourself?
Robert Pattinson: Recently, some magazine had on the cover that I was pregnant. I was just like, “Wow!” And, without a hint of irony or anything. I didn’t really know what to make of that one. I don’t even know if that qualifies as libelous because they can just say, “Well, it’s obviously fiction,” but it’s written in a non-fiction magazine.
Q: When are you due?
Robert Pattinson: I know. I just love it. I saw a couple comments under the article saying, “That’s why he always wears jackets. He always wears layers to hide it.”
Q: Have you been told a tentative time that you might film Breaking Dawn?
Robert Pattinson: I think the tentative for Breaking Dawn is Fall of next year. I think. They may well change that.