INTERVIEW: David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson talk Cosmopolis and more. MUCH more :)

We posted the cover to this magazine, Telerama (FR), and now the iPad version is out. The interviews are with David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson. The Cronenberg interview is partial but the part we do have…well…it excited us. 😉 If we can get a French translation, we’ll post the rest. If you understand French, the gallery at the bottom has the original interviews.

Translation of the parts where he mentions Rob

Télérama: How would you present the movie to Rob’s fans?
DC: We could tell them that it’s story of a vampire on Wall Street. It’s almost true, even tho a little deceiving. We can emphazise that Rob is in every scene, that he’s sometimes naked and that he has sex with Juliette Binoche. This, the fans won’t find in Twilight, it’s a more conservative cinema. During the filming of Cosmopolis? Tons of girls were waiting o, set, in the streets, at any hour of the day and night. They had made t-shirts with the strange gun from the movie and the name ‘Nancy Babich’ that served as code to use the weapon. It was really cute. As were the internet websites about Cosmopolis, that Rob’s fans made when the movie got greenlighting.

The chauffeurs are screaming

David talks about a character at the beginning of the movie – a 19 year old businessman – who says his career is over and that he can’t face the abstraction of capitalism from today.

Télérama: What about you, can you face it?
DC: I reveal nature in concrete terms. Cinema is not an abstract art. everything should be embodied in characters. Eric Packer, that Rob plays, represents the triumph of capitalism pushed to self-destruction. Many people think today that it’s going to eat itself, to explode or to implode. My movie doesn’t talk about this, but I can’t tell Rob: ‘You’re the symbol of a self-destruct capitalism.’ He can’t play it like that. He has to play a character. The cinema is forced to be, in a certain way, extremely realist and I like that.

Do you guys remember that day in the limo?? Click HERE to revisit. Next interview is from Robert Pattinson:

The interview was done in a private club in Sunset Boulevard.

He hid his intense beauty under a baseball cap, a blonde scruff, a lumberjack shirt, a white tee and washed out jeans. They had the interview on the terrace where he could light up his cigarettes.

Between light coughs and nervous laughs, he explains that he doesn’t feel at home here.

His dream is to work in a black comedy of Todd Solodnz or in dramas for men by James Gray or Jacques Audiard.

“I was scared of being cut off from the art-house cinema that I always felt passionate about. I was scared to never be asked to play in anything interesting, that my life would pass and that someone would ask me one day, ‘so apart from Twilight, what did you do?’. In this industry, you’re easily typecast”

“I never proved anything, I was never fooled by the hysteria that surrounds me. It’s the character that I play, Edward Cullen, the romantic vampire. Besides, before the movie was even made, girls would screams at Stephenie Meyer’s public readings.”

When he got the script for Cosmopolis: He got the fear of the beginner/novice. “I was so scared I would screw this up that I spent a week trying to find a way to refuse the job. And then I told myself that I shouldn’t be so stuck-up. My agent was nervous: ‘why would you accept if you don’t understand it?’. I confessed my confusion to David and he liked it. I think that might be why he hired me. Most actors would have try to act cooler, try to say something smart but I was completely lost.”

Cronenberg said that the actor didn’t come on set with his hands in his pockets. That he’s an assiduous reader, who’s been interested in the character of the ‘golden boy’ for a long while, one who’s close to the one he portrays in Cosmopolis. ‘Money’ by Martin Amis – which describes the giddy heights of easy money and the chic hedonism – is one of his bedtime readings. He finds so many similarities with himself in the empty space of the star system, that he wrote how own version of the novel, in hopes of playing it one day.

“I thought about it for Cosmopolis of course but the characters are too different and Cronenberg preferred that I knew nothing. He wanted me to give in, to say my lines in almost an abstract way, like poetry. It was exciting and a little scary. Today I’m nervous about the idea of having to talk to an audience about a movie that stays dark. But Cronenberg, himself, wanted to have something that escapes him. He would tell me about Fellini and say that a filmmaker that has a goal is dead already. It’s so much more interesting than to know right away where an artist is gonna take you. Plus, its’ the first time I really like one of the movies I make.”

(The article talks about his family, how his sisters dressed him up as a girl, how he did modeling jobs.)

“At the beginning, I was sort of repelled by the vanity of actors. I wanted to write before everything else, but pretty fast I had to find myself. In a humdrum way, acting seemed the best way for me to express what I couldn’t say in a different way.”

(The article then mentions his role cut in Vanity Fair and Harry Potter. His verve, his arrogance and his disposition didn’t offer him many roles. )

“I was at loss, I would do one acting job after the other without any consistency. Thirty euros days job. When I was offered Twilight, I didn’t have a choice. It had been three years that my agent in Hollywood would try to find me a job without any luck. Usually, after six months of unsuccessful search, you’re dead in this industry, but she kept believing. I was never fascinated by a role but when I’m chosen I give myself to my character at 150%.”

The Twilight saga that was about to eat him whole, will end next Fall.

“I’m curious to reunite with this universe for the last time, to see the effect it will have on me and on the audience. I feel like the frenzy is starting to die down. We step into the era of The Hunger Games, the world wants fresh meat!”

Today Robert Pattinson has five next projects lined up, including one in Iraq. And since he knows that “you only get to have one or two failures before you’re forgotten,” he speaks about going back to music and writing songs, inspired by Van Morrison’s Beside You and Neil Young’s Ambulance Blues. He also has in mind the idea of a movie and a TV show, he never gave up on being his own author and to work with determination on the script of an ambitious project – a trilogy of fantasy adventures (and politics), freely adapted from a successful novel.

“People are listening to me right now so I take advantage of it. I don’t think authors last very long in our time and I love this job way too much to let it go away.”

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  • I was screaming for ye when I read it!! <3 it

  • *quietly puts on Nancy Babich tee*

  • LOVE!

  • RHL

    That is SO freakin cool!

  • susanrsm

    Awesome! 🙂

  • Okay tomorrow in honor of Cannes I’m drinking coffee with nancy as in ‘Babich’….my mug.

  • luckymecandy

    🙂 <333

  • jd0099

    Hey congrats!!!! I was waiting for Cronenberg to acknowledge you all! I knew the day would come!
    Three cheers for Cosmopolisfilm.com!!! Thrilled that your hard work has earned you acknowledgement from such a revered director! Very cool! Keep up the thorough research, the dedication to the film and especially the respect that you show Rob and the entire cast of Cosmopolis! You should feel very proud of yourselves!
    Respectfully,
    J.D.

    • THANK YOU! 🙂

      • jd0099

        Tink and company,
        Although I am fairly new to commenting on your blog, I have been stealthily reading for a while. In a perfect world, I would send you all round trip tickets to Cannes for the film premiere. Scratch that….I would personally fly you all, in my luxurious private jet, to personally witness the completely remarkable, utterly fabulous celebration of the talented and esteemed Mr. Pattinson. We know you would represent his fans well! I really admire that you are so generous with your attention to details and that you continually show great respect and class. I am truly looking forward to your coverage of Cosmopolis and its premiere.

        Bien cordialement,
        J.D.

  • dee602

    This was so great to hear Mr Cronenberg to give you your due. You girls have put so much into these movie sites. Wfe, Cosmo and now Mission. You should hold you heads high and be insanely proud to have been mentioned in the same article as Rob. Geez first Icy now you girls…the fandom can be a great place!

    • thank you so much 🙂 it was cool to read the interview. very very cool 🙂

  • pausner

    Re the 19 year old businessman at the beginning of the movie: Are they referring to Shiner? His dialogue with Eric does kinda show that Shiner is disillusionned.

    Or some other character?

    • Could be Shiner but I’m leaning toward Michael for two reasons: Michael is specifically referred to as 22 but looks younger (close enough lol) and has the actual dialogue “I think I’m ready to quit, basically, the business.” (pg 23 tradepaperback edition)