ARTICLE: David Cronenberg talks Cosmopolis Production and Robert Pattinson’s Performance

Movie Web sat down with David Cronenberg to talk about A Dangerous Method and lucky for us, Cosmopolis was discussed. Visit the source to read the article in it’s entirety. Here is the excerpt talking about Cosmopolis and Robert Pattinson’s performance:

You had a bit of a break between Eastern Promises and this film, and then you have Cosmopolis coming out next year. Is that just your process, or is it just a matter of getting projects together?

David Cronenberg: It’s just money. I’ve worked on a few different things between Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method, and they fell through. It was not my fault, or not my desire. It’s nice that people think that once you get to a certain level in your career, you can just pick and choose. Martin Scorsese and I talk about this all the time. People think, ‘Well, Marty can do anything he wants.’ No, he can’t. There are projects that he simply can’t get made, and the same goes for me. We get involved in a project, and it disappears for whatever reason. It has nothing to do with you, necessarily. It was wonderful getting to do two movies back-to-back. That was me being Woody Allen for two years, whereas he’s been doing it for 30 years, doing a movie a year. I absolutely enjoyed that, and I would do it again, but, at the moment, I don’t have another project that’s ready to go that I’m happy with. So, it’s really happenstance. It has to do with financing. People would say, ‘Why now did you do Dead Ringers?’ I’d say, ‘Hey, I would’dve done it 10 years ago when I started it, if I could’ve gotten the money together.’ It’s just like that, really. It’s not part of my process. No, I could do a movie a year quite happily.

Cosmopolis looks really intriguing. Can you talk about the production?

David Cronenberg: It was a wonderful shoot, as was A Dangerous Method, actually. They were both very beautiful shoots, even though they were both quite different in tone, which, for me, is delightful, because, to do two movies, back-to-back, they are both so different. The one similarity is that they’re both very dialogue-heavy. That was kind of interesting, but they have very different dialogue.

Do you think this will be the project that really sets Robert (Pattinson) apart from his past, so to speak?

David Cronenberg: I have no control over that, obviously. All I know is, as with Keira, I thought that Robert was very underrated. I mean, Keira has done more work than Robert has, but in England, they’re always on her for whatever weird English class reasons. I’m not sure what that is. I always thought she was a substantial actress, and I had no doubt that she could really ace this role. I felt the same about Rob. The fate of the movie, though, who knows. I certainly think this. I don’t think that any director who’s looking to see what Rob can do, will not be able to see how terrific he is by looking at Cosmopolis. Even if the movie isn’t a success at the box office, creatively, as far as I’m concerned, it is a success, and for Rob, it totally is. He’s brilliant in the movie, he’s fabulous. If nothing else, it will be a great demo film for Rob, for any other director who’s looking for a great actor.

It excited me! 😉


  • Tess

    Critics will finally see what a great actor Rob is! I can’t wait to see Cosmopolis! I’m going with Larry411 on his prediction…CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 🙂

  • suziekew

    I love these insights into the filmmaking process…and absolutely ADORE David. I am dead certain the critics will look at Rob differently after this movie.

  • Sus

    That is so generous of Cronenberg to speak about Rob that way….basically saying it will showcase Rob as a “fabulous” actor! I can’t wait to see this movie! I hope it does well and opens up more great roles for our wonderful man, and lets him move on from Edward (although I have loved him in that role as well!)…..