Robert Pattinson is on the cover of the latest The Hollywood Reporter talking about The Rover and a range of other reflective topics. It’s a great read but here are the main excerpts about The Rover including quotes from David Michôd. Visit the link at the end of the excerpt to keep reading and view the photoshoot exclusive for THR.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Robert Pattinson on Moving Past ‘Twilight,’ Cold-Calling A-List Directors and Downsizing His Life
At the apex of his fame, the star of June’s “The Rover” sold his $6 million house (“too big”) and began sidling up to top directors, two of whose movies he starred in at Cannes: “I don’t need anything. I don’t want anything at all.”
On April 21, 2012, Robert Pattinson slipped into a rented Toyota Camry and set out on the 10-minute drive from his home in L.A.’s Los Feliz to Koreatown. The actor was anxious; he was about to audition for a role he desperately wanted, and auditions are hardly his forte. “I hate auditioning,” he says. “I just can’t do it. I get so nervous, like cripplingly nervous. I’m bad at them, and I feel awful afterward.” Nor were his nerves soothed by his recent forays into indie film. Such pictures as Bel Ami and Little Ashes had come and gone with more of a fizzle than a bang, and Cosmopolis would sputter out soon — all mere squibs compared to the supernova Twilight, which earned $3.3 billion at the box office and brought Pattinson $20 million for its final installment alone.
He wanted this part — needed it, even — to prove he no longer was just a dark, brooding, iridescent, slightly humorless, 100-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. So he arrived at his destination young, handsome, famous and worried as hell. “It was terrifying,” he says. “It’s kind of rare that I really, really want stuff.”
He shouldn’t have stressed (though maybe that helped). “He came through with flying colors,” says David Michod, the Australian director of 2010’s Animal Kingdom, who put the actor through his paces in a marathon three-hour meeting that included lengthy conversations, scene readings and improvisation, all to see if he could play a slow-witted gang member who sets out on a road trip with Guy Pearce across a dystopian Australia in search of the latter’s stolen car. “He came the closest of any actor to walking into the room with a beautiful, fully realized version of the character that was not dissimilar to mine. It was exhilarating because I could suddenly see the movie.”
Now Pattinson is hoping audiences will be exhilarated, too, when The Rover opens June 20, a month after its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. “Fusing a hybrid of quasi-apocalyptic influences into a work with a pungent character of its own, The Rover suggests something like a Cormac McCarthy vision of Australia halfway between today and The Road Warrior times,” wrote THR’s chief film critic Todd McCarthy.
Rover is one of two pictures that Pattinson is counting on to propel him to the next phase of his career, along with David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, which opens in the fall. Both are art house films, both labors of love, both as different from Twilight as any picture can be, and both equally important to defining Pattinson as a grown-up.
The $12 million Rover, which A24 is releasing, took him to Australia, where he faced a grueling shoot spread across five locations, including the town of Marree (population 90). It was shot “absolutely in the middle of nowhere,” he says. “There’s a road that goes from the east to the west of Australia, through the Outback, and we were at the point where it turns into a dirt track. It was the end of the tarmac, in this town of 90 people.”
He shot there for 41 days, living in what looked like “a shipping container with windows,” in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures soaring past 100 degrees and “a trillion flies. As soon as the light came up, you’d have flies trying to crawl into your eyes the entire day.”
Despite the harshness, “There was something so [great], just being able to look for absolutely miles to the horizon,” Pattinson says. “There’s something really calming about it.”
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