Bel Ami Producers Worried About Alienating Audiences

Don't make this Bad boy into something he's not #boring

Robert Pattinson admits that Bel Ami is still in editing because studio honchos are worried about alienating audiences used to his goody-two-shoes persona in the Twilight franchise.

RPattz plays the titular Bel Ami in an adaptation of Maupassant’s classic novel about a 19th century womanising, social-climbing journalist who sleeps his way round Paris.

Filming in the UK and Budapest opposite leading ladies Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas wrapped in spring 2010 and was originally slated for a Christmas release. It currently has no confirmed opening date.

“We were really true to the book and because the guy is basically a shit who wins everything at the end it’s really difficult to market it – especially with me in it,” Pattinson tells TF exclusively.

“Everyone’s worried that everyone’s going to be thinking, ‘Oh I want him to be nice, he’s got to be nice to all the ladies’.”

Bel Ami, though, is an unrepentant cad. “I know,” laughs the Water For Elephants star, “But that was fun!”

For more on Robert Pattinson and Water For Elephants check out the latest issue of Total Film, out 14 April.

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  • Suziekew

    oh for pete’s sake…studio honchos need a reality check – if they want someone to have an enduring career they can make $$ off for decades (kinda the point in Hollywood!), they need to let them take on varied roles and prove they’re versatile, have depth and aren’t just a one-trick pony. This isn’t rocket science.

    • Exactly! I really don’t want them to water down the character, he’s a bad boy who wins in the end. Give Rob a chance to show his range.

      • Suziekew

        Not only is this a short-sighted view from the perspective of Rob’s long-term money-making potential, it’s just totally without foundation, IMHO. I think it’s true Bel Ami if it comes out with an R rating won’t necessarily have the same audience as Twilight (will have the older demo and less of the young teens, which apparently is what they’re worried about in terms of sheer numbers), but I think what they’re missing is that those young teens that fell for Edward are now 4-5 years older and can handle some raunch…basically, if you’ve fallen hard for Rob, this is exactly what you want to see him do – expand his range, show the world he has the talent to take unsympathetic parts, keep him creatively challenged and stimulated (O.o) and keep accumulating some well-deserved industry cred. If they would just take their blinkers off for a second, this would dovetail exactly with what the studios should ultimately want, if they are interested in backing a serious actor with serious ambitions, who will be a force to be reckoned with in time (translation..can guarantee solid box office, can open a film on his own, etc.).

  • It’s sad that they still don’t understand that Rob’s fans are so much more than the tweens…so much more than Twilight. I will never be ashamed to have been a Twilight fan because it got me “here,” but this is just the beginning.

    No wonder Rob’s so excited to work with Cronenberg. Cronenberg doesn’t care about the supposed “popular vote.” He will stay true to his vision and put out the movie he intends it to be.

    It was also the reason Rob took on an executive producer title for Remember Me so they couldn’t mess with the ending.

    Rob’s smart and is learning as he goes. He’ll continue to look for projects that won’t cave to peer pressure in my opinion.

    • Suziekew

      He’s incredibly savvy at such a young age – understands how the system works and with whatever power he has (and it’s not inconsiderable) is already trying to circumvent it in order to ensure a quality result he can be proud of. Rob will never be a sell-out – I love that so much about him, that he’s all about the artistic and creative integrity of a project. And he’s got ambition…add in that restless intelligence of his and that’s a lethally sexy combo.

      • Suziekew: Love your entire comment. So well said and that last sentence is brilliant.

  • PirateAmira

    They are going to mess around and edit it to the point where it sucks. Just make it Rated R, leave it as it’s supposed to be and release it. Most people who like RPatz and are waiting for the movie have probably read the book so we know what to expect. The guys a drunken cad. Release it already!

  • Sue

    I totally agree with the comments above…Rob’s fans are not just the Tweens anymore…he has proven time and time again that he is beyond the “teen idol” stage. and at 17foreverlisa- great points!!

  • Red_Hed_Lust

    Assuming for the sake of argument that there is some legitimacy to these concerns (which I do not believe), how is it possible that they only occurred to these dumbasses during post-production? The fact that Georges is a dislikable shit is and always has been the whole effing point! The only explanation I can think of is that Rob came across as an even shittier shit than they initially anticipated which, of course, just makes me want to see it that much more.

  • If Rob is willing to do an “R” rated movie and the story is adult orientated then let it stand as is. The only one who should be worried about anything is Rob, and he isn’t so let the movie be R rated. Its crazy to think Rob is taking on roles based solely on his Twilight suscess, he is a diverse actor and let his choices be, and not hindered by some studio honcho’s idea of what Rob’s image is, or all about.

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  • LadyRobGa

    I agree completely with your comments, Ladies. The ‘tweens I know are already on to other things — Rob’s fan’s are loyal and waiting for him to expand into different roles. DuRoy is perfect in this regard — the character is slime – a great opportunity for Rob to show his talent.

  • Anna

    I totally agree with the other comments. People who know the story know what the character is supposed to be like. Rob’s fans are not just teens but people of all ages AND genders! I’m looking forward to a non-watered down version of Bel Ami. Let’s get this movie out already! Not even any type of trailer for it yet…SHEESH!!

  • tallblondetwimom

    You ladies are all absolutely correct! It’s ridiculous to think that Rob wouldn’t move past Twilight and Edward Cullen! ( both of which I love and adore) He is a very intelligent guy and also NOT 17 years old! He needs to play more adult roles if he’s going to have any kind of career. As far as Georges DuRoy goes, read the book people! The guy is a tool! If the studio is stupid enough to water that down then they aren’t going to have much of a movie! (I think Rob was probably so good in it that it scared them!) Leave it alone and release it with an R rating!!! An adult audience knows the difference between a performance by an actor and who the actor actually is!!

  • Sugunary

    The studio really does need a reality check. What makes them think this is an appropriate movie for tweens to see anyway. I intend to see it as I am an adult and have no issues with watching a “Likeable” actor such as Rob stretch his wings, show his acting chops on material suitable for other ‘grownups’ to enjoy. Even if they turn this into a PG-13 movie I will not allow my daughter to see it and neither will her friends’ parents. All they are doing is shooting this film in the foot, begging for it to fail by destroying the story. This movie deserves to have a shot at the audience it was originally intended for.

  • This is for the producers and director. Please gentelmen stop cutting Georges Duroy’s sceenes. We know that Rob is a good guy but Georges is not and we don’t care.All of Rob’s fans have read the book and we know what Georges is all about and his millions of fans want to see him play Georges at his worst the way the character was written in the book. Please honor Guy de Maupassant’s book and bring it to life on the silver sceen and let Robert Pattinson the actor shine in Bel ami. The way he will shine in Water for Elepfands because they followed the book. Do not let what happent to Little Ashes happen again to Bel Ami. He was brilliand in L.A and we know he will be brilliand in B.A. My husband is 75 years old he read the book and now he wants to see the movie. There are millions of husbands and boyfriends that will see the movie so please bring it out to the people who have waited so long to see. Robert Pattinson’s fans will not see the movie just once but multiple times.

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  • Colleen

    Okay, here’s how this goes Studio People:

    Georges DuRoy is a flaming douche. He’s supposed to be that way. I’ve read 3 different versions of Bel Ami, and in each, he is a total jerk. He’s not supposed to be Edward Cullen, who doesn’t have a ruthless bone in his body. Georges is diabolical, and the fans who have read the book expect that. Bel Ami isn’t for young teens to watch, it’s for the adult fans who want to see more of Robert has to offer. We know he can do more than be Edward, and we want to see that; not some soupy version that is for the teens.

  • robskitten

    First I would like to agree with the comments. Saying that, I would like to point out that a film like Bel Ami would do a lot of good establishing Rob’s credibility with the male audience out there who only know him from Twilight. I have a friend who will not take Rob seriously because of the Twilight Saga. “No one can be so perfect,” he says. “I don’t even want to see him in anything because of that.” I am sure there are other men out there who feel the same way. One person’s comments are usually a reflection of a lot of other people who will not come out and say what they really think.
    We know Rob’s a great actor and will only get better with time. And it sounds like if he has his way he will be taking more behind-the-scenes control with the next films he does. I’m sure this is because of all the controversy created by the studios as well as all the editing done by them to place the film in what they perceive as Rob’s “target audience.” Rob’s target audience is expanding. When are the studios going to realize that?

    • leahreallyitis

      in reply to robskitten: ITA! and helloooo there are us women out there that love and adore him! and like you said we are the ones that fork over tons of money to see his flims more so than the teen market IMHO and BA IS FOR US WOMEN NOT THE TEENS! and he is NOT a teen idol!

  • So many great comments made here today … agreed!

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there is at least one person with “power” relating to the proper marketing of BA. Can’t help but think of how RM was marketed … trying to attract young Twi fans. #fail It is the more mature adults … mostly women … that made RM a decent success despite bad marketing.

    To the BA directors/producers “Stick to your work values! Remember why you made BA in the first place! You need to face the facts … BA will attract a specific demographic group who enjoy period movies … not teens … so don’t even try it … you will fail.”

    *waves hi to JAG*

    • leahreallyitis

      in reply to RobCatCdn: I agree! that is exactly what I say! and my question is then WHY THE HELL DID THEY CAST HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE?! they wanted someone gorgeous they got it they wanted someone talented they got it they wanted someone that women(like us) can drool over they got it SO WHAT THE HELL IS THE PROBLEM WITH THIS MORNIC STUDIO! and like you said STICK to your values and what I say is DO NOT punk out on us and not release it in the US! I WANT that movie in my home state of Northern California or I will seriously go postal

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  • Clare

    Oh for goodness sake. Not all of us are teenagers. Yes, we love Edward Cullen in Twilight, but Rob the actor is just that. AN ACTOR. Give him credit. He knows what we all want, and that’s hot as hell, badass, sexy Rob in whatever role. Like you say, the character of Georges is a shit, and let’s see him play the role as it’s meant to be. Rob kick their butts and say something please? Us older ladies will still love you, probably more so…LOL. I just want to see him in varied roles to widen his scope as an actor, which is why he took the role of Georges on in the first place. Get real studio people!! Listen to the other fans, not the tweens. If it’s that bad make it an 18 certificate!

    • leahreallyitis

      in reply to Clare I totally agree! and I am so SICK of this shit I could scream! first WFE is PG-13 WHY I don’t know and now this! Rob is a very serious actor he takes his work very seriously and he works his ass off and he works hard! and who the hell cares about the teens they can go find Justin Beiber or whatever this movie is for us grown ups they wanted him they got him! sweet jesus I want to SCREAM! and in closing I WANT THIS MOVIE IN MY HOME STATE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA I’m talkin to YOU the producers and the freakin studio that made the movie! and the US distributors NEED to get this movie out in the US! NOT in limited release but NATIONWIDE

  • femroc

    Just release the film already – don’t try to water it down – don’t try to make Rob look sweeter or nicer which changes the storyline – give him the chance to be DIFFERENT which is the reason he did this movie in the first place most likely.

    Typecasting is HELL to an actor – let him spread his wings and take a chance to be different – who knows …….we may really like Bad boy Rob too!!!!!!!!! (devilish grin : ) ) I know I will.

    Rob has an entire legion of mature fans over 20 over 30 over 40 over 50 and beyond…….please realize we exist……….and we have money to spend too……..the
    teen market isn’t ALL Rob has at all……no way!

    • leahreallyitis

      in reply to femroc you are so right! when I saw this article I could not believe it! I would love to be able to e-mail these IDIOTS and explain to them REAL slow so they will understand that Rob has to get away from the typecasting and also from the twilight world(once BD is done) I understand that without twilight we would’nt have Rob right now and I would not be on here commenting BUT it is time for him to spread his wings(as you have said) and be taken MORE seriously as an actor and do more mature roles I AM SO SICK AND TIRED of the media calling him a teen idol or the sexy vampire Edward Cullen he.is. Robert Pattinson.and.he.is.an ACTOR >.<

  • Karen60

    Please, please, please…if these studios know anything of Rob’s fans, they should know that we are not “16 year olds”…I want to see Bel Ami the way is was intended. George is awful, I know he is and I also know Rob is not George. This was not a book/film intended for young audience, DO NOT cut it to fit a mold because you will only hurt the movie and all the actors.

    • leahreallyitis

      in reply to Karen60 hey girl! anyway you are so right we are NOT teens we are WOMEN who love and admire Rob and as adult this movie is NOT a teen movie and he needs to do more “mature” roles and be taken seriously as an actor and Bel Ami is the one to PROVE that Rob is serious about his acting and to prove that he is DAMN good at it! and one thing that really makes me mad is that WFE is pg-13 yep ya read right and I am NOT happy about that either as well as this MORNIC article *in a sarcastic voice* that the producers are worried about alienating the fans* well I have one thing to say GET OVER IT if they want a “teen idiol” go find Justin Beiber! Rob has worked his butt off to prove that he is serious about his acting! and also how the hell is WFE susposed to be on the Oscar ballot if it is rated PG-13?! I have a list of R rated movies that have won Oscars:(to name a few)
      The Godfather
      The Color Purple
      The Exorcist
      Wallstreet(the frist one)
      Jaws
      Sex,Lies, And Video Tape
      Cabaret
      All That Jazz so in closing to the people that made this movie need to(again) get over it and GROW (the hell) up!

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  • leahreallyitis

    this is the most stupidest thing I have ever read in my entire life!! HELLOOOOO HES NOT A TEEN IDIOL HE IS NOT A FREAKIN VAMPIRE HE IS AN ACTOR AND US WOMEN LOVE AND ADMIRE HIM! HE IS A SERIOUS ACTOR BEL AMI IS FOR ADULTS TO SEE AND ALSO IT SHOULD BE OUT IN THE FREAKIN US AND IN MY HOME TOWN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA! TO THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THIS MOVIE TOGETHER GET.OVER.IT. HE IS AN ACTOR NOT A TEEN IDOL YOU FREAKIN MORONS! HE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WHICH PART OF THAT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND?!

  • ITA Lea. They are massing with his career now. I went to the sites of the producers and directors. Go there it’s very intresting.

    • leahreallyitis

      in reply to Georgia can you give me the link I don’t know where to go LOL

  • leahreallyitis

    in reply to Georgia yeah I will! thanks 🙂

  • Rob’s Bitch

    Thought I should weigh in just case the studio reads this.

    Mirroring what everyone else posted, this is something the ADULT fans of Rob have been eagerly anticipating. The story was NEVER intended for a tween or teen market, so why the sudden confusion as to the audience? And why the lack of awareness in general about the average age of Rob’s fans?

    I’m hoping this is just a matter of them waiting for WFE and Breaking Dawn to open before releasing this – that it’s some kind of marketing strategy. I want to see this on the BIG screen, edited in it’s full, sexy glory, not on a DVD.

    If all this torturous waiting only results in some water-downed, direct-to-DVD BS, this will be a huge travesty, and an insult to Rob,

  • Just enter their sites. Directors Declan Donnelan and Nick Ormerod.
    Producers Uderto Pasolini
    Ex Producer Simon Fuller

    • leahreallyitis

      in reply Georgia thank you!

  • You,r welcome Lea. I was at our other blog and I read all the special things all the fans said about Robert. He is one of a kind and what a gentelman is he.

    • leahreallyitis

      he is perfect! and a perfect gentlemen and just perfect 😀

  • cathy

    Why is this an issue now? Didn’t they know what the role is when they caste Rob in it? I don’t understand all of the controversy about it now after is it made. Rob is a smart young man. He knew what the role was. It is a disservice to him and the other fine actors in this film to not release it. Everyone knows that Rob is a nice guy and everyone knows that he is an ACTOR! Release the film and don’t screw it up by editing it to death.

  • leahreallyitis

    and another thing it BETTER be released in the US and in NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

  • leahreallyitis

    update gang! they are done editng the movie and now(quote) can’t decide WHICH RATING to give the movie!!!! THEY.CAN’T DECIDE. WHICH.RATING.TO.GIVE.THIS.MOVIE. uh are they REAAL STUPID or just STONED! HELLLOOOOO last time I checked this movie has R rated material in it AND the movie is susposed to be EXACTLY like the book full of deception and SEX and everything else that goes with the DAMN story!! TO THE PRODUCERS OF THIS MOVIE WHY DID YOU CAST HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE and let me explain this REAL slow so you can understand Rob is NOT(I REPEAT) TEEN IDIOL HE IS A SERIOUS ACTOR AND LAST TIME(I’m sorry for the shouting I am SO pissed) I checked he is a GROWN.MAN. *in a sarcastic voice* WOOOOOOOO surprise!!

  • shan

    LOOK YOU GUYS NEED TO GET THIS MOVIE OUT NOW!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL, THERE ARE SO MANY AND I MEAN MANY WOMEN WHO WANT TO SEE THIS!! WE WANT TO SEE BAD BOY ROB, LET HIM GROW AS AN ACTOR. WE BELIEVE IN HIM WHY CAN’T YOU DUMB ASSES!!
    DID YOU EVER STOP THINK THAT THERE WILL BE MEN WHO WANT TO SEE THIS ALSO JUST TO SEE ROB BE BAD AND WITH ALL THOSE LADIES. I KNOW MY HUSBAND WILL WANT TO SEE ALL THOSE WOMEN WITH ROB. COME ON ALREADY, WHY CAN’T THERE BE A MOVIE FOR ADULTS ANYMORE. I’M SICK AND TIRED OF PG13 MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!! ADULTS WANT SOMETHING ALSO. SO DON’T WATER THIS DOWN, BRING IT ON WE’VE WAITED TO LONG AS IT IS.

  • I WANT TO SEE THIS NOW!!

    Give it to us, PLEASE!!

    I’ll take ROB however I can get him and this looks delicious!