PRINT INTERVIEW: Robert Pattinson Talks About Working With Anton Corbijn & Playing Dennis Stock In ‘Life’ To France’s ‘Studio Cine Live’

Robert Pattinson was interviewed by telephone from London for France’s ‘Studio Cine Live’ Magazine. Below is a translation of the excerpts where he spoke about Life.

They also included a beautiful new still featuring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan. Click HERE to see that if you missed it.

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Studio: Before filming LIFE, who was Anton Corbijn for you? The musicians photographer or the director of A MOST WANTED MAN?

Rob: It is impossible not to know Anton Corbijn’s pictures. But I am first of all a big fan of CONTROL (first movie by the director about Ian Curtis’ life, Joy division leader). I saw it several times. I really wanted to work with him.

Studio: You must hate being photographed. It is a bit paradoxical you accepted a role as a photographer…

Rob: For me, LIFE is not a movie about photography. What really attracted me, was the path a man chose to become an artist. Dennis Stock sees James Dean as a subject which will open the doors of his artistic career. As James Dean thinks he is the artist and that Dennis’ pictures will only be famous because of him. I love this paradox. Dennis Stock was actually a bit bitter that the only thing we remembered of his career was the James Dean’s pictures. He said he photographed beautiful landscapes and a jazz photoessay. He hated the reason he was famous. I find it really interesting. It happens sometimes for actors.

Studio: You must hate being photographed. It is a bit paradoxical you accepted a role as a photographer…

Rob: For me, LIFE is not a movie about photography. What really attracted me, was the path a man chose to become an artist. Dennis Stock sees James Dean as a subject which will open the doors of his artistic career. As James Dean thinks he is the artist and that Dennis’ pictures will only be famous because of him. I love this paradox. Dennis Stock was actually a bit bitter that the only thing we remembered of his career was the James Dean’s pictures. He said he photographed beautiful landscapes and a jazz photoessay. He hated the reason he was famous. I find it really interesting. It happens sometimes for actors.

Studio:Dennis Stock has an unfriendly character. Does it bother you to give this unpleasant image?

Rob: No, it is why the role is passionate. After reading the script, I imagined Stock’s walking way. I could almost feel his clumsiness, his frustration, his lack of confidence. I understood this man who became a father at 20 without knowing how to be one.

Studio: How did you approach the role?

Rob: Anton Corbijn gave me a Leica. I walked around with it for four months. I wished I could be a born photographer, but no miracle happened. My photos were nothing formidable. Nevertheless, these four months made me understand the photographer’s position. We feel at ease everywhere, as if we had a good excuse to be there. Holding a camera in your hands is like having powers. It was particularly true in the 50s because only the professionals could walk around with a camera. Those for non professionals were just invented and a few people could actually afford them. There is solitude as well – theme cherished by Anton Corbijn – because photography is one of the only arts where you can hide your face. Dennis wanted to be a star too but he could not break the window behind which he hid. This separation becomes stronger when you photograph famous people.

Studio: Did LIFE change you?

Rob: Yes because I try finding roles which will make me understand who I am better and to improve myself as well. For me, LIFE is a story about self confidence. I have, since, accepted roles I would never had. Extreme films, like the Safdies. And then the next Claire Denis, whom I am a fan of since I discovered WHITE MATERIAL. It will be her first English language movie, and her first sci-fi movie!

Studio: LIFE questions the eternal youth myth. How do you imagine your thirties, being 29 today?

Rob: I find men’s roles more attracting while aging. So I am not afraid to change. On the contrary. When you’re in your twenties, it is difficult to find good characters. As a teen, I loved how James Dean moved. He had an incredible elegance. If we look into his interpretations, he does a lot of gestures which look like dance moves.

Read the FULL interview over HERE
Translation thanks to RPWW