Robert Pattinson was terrified doing stunt driving for Tenet

Robert Pattinson was terrified doing his own stunt driving on the set of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.The Twilight actor stars alongside John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nolan’s latest time-bending espionage thrille…

Robert Pattinson was terrified doing his own stunt driving on the set of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.

The Twilight actor stars alongside John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nolan’s latest time-bending espionage thriller, which follows an agent who has to stop a global threat.

The British filmmaker likes to shoot his footage as practically as possible, with little help from CGI, so Pattinson was put behind the wheel for an elaborate car-chase sequence in Estonia after only a day’s training.

“It’s funny, I did one day’s training for the stunt driving,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly. “I thought that I wasn’t going to be doing any stunt driving in it, but then I ended up doing tons and tons.

“I remember doing one sequence where me and John David are in a BMW with an IMAX camera rigged on the hood, which means you can’t see anything through the windscreen, basically. And also, if you turn even slightly too much to the left or right, the rig hits the road, which is kind of terrifying. John David’s turning to me and saying, ‘Are you, like, a stunt driver or something?’”

Despite the terrifying nature of the stunt, the 34-year-old was thrilled to be able to have that hands-on experience, as it would be usually given to the stunt performers.

“Under normal circumstances you wouldn’t really be allowed to do this. But Chris has so much control over the set, you get to do the actual fun stuff, which normally would be reserved for experts and not people who can’t even parallel park,” he joked.

The Inception filmmaker responded to the actor’s comments by insisting that the crew made sure he was up to the task before giving him the stunts.

“His day of ‘stunt training’ was actually a day of ability assessment by our stunt team who found him to be an excellent driver more than capable of safely performing the required shots, none of which, for the record were as difficult as parallel parking,” he stated.

Tenet is currently scheduled to hit cinemas on 12 August.

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Mission: Impossible sequel and The Batman allowed to resume filming in U.K.

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice…

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.

The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice when the outbreak hit Europe back in February, and was shut down.

Director Christopher McQuarrie had planned to resume filming in September, but after Cruise personally spoke with British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, it was decided that the cast and crew could avoid the required 14-day quarantine period, and begin filming as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, The Batman was mid-production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire when it was shut down, with stars including Robert Pattinson, who is making his highly-anticipated debut as the Caped Crusader, flying back to the U.S.

At a recent press conference, Dowden announced he would be allowing filming to continue once more as they would be exempt from quarantine travel restrictions, introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.

As part of the exemption, cast and crewmembers must abide by rules to remain in a “bubble” environment, staying in and around the production area for the duration of the shoot.

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,” Dowden shared. “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in-demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.

“We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again,” he added.

Other major projects set to move into production or continue filming as a result of the ruling include Jurassic World: Dominion, Fantastic Beasts 3, and the live action Disney remakes of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.

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Zoe Kravitz: ‘Robert Pattinson is perfect for Batman role’

Zoe Kravitz thinks Robert Pattinson is the perfect fit for iconic superhero Batman.The Big Little Lies actress, who landed the coveted role of Catwoman in October last year, threw her support behind the British actor being picked to play Bruce Wayne du…

Zoe Kravitz thinks Robert Pattinson is the perfect fit for iconic superhero Batman.

The Big Little Lies actress, who landed the coveted role of Catwoman in October last year, threw her support behind the British actor being picked to play Bruce Wayne during a recent interview with Variety.

“He looks good in the suit, man. He looks good in the suit. That’s a good jaw line,” she quipped. “But he’s just a great actor and he brings so much to everything he does… I think he’s perfect, perfect casting.”

The upcoming comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves, is rumoured to be focusing on the detective aspect of the DC Comics superhero, and will also star Paul Dano as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.

And Zoe respects Robert’s early days playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie franchise.

“First of all, he’s just a really good actor. He started out as this kind of teen pop sensation, and then I think we all kind of saw through his work that there was a lot more going on,” Zoe explained.

“He’s a really interesting artist, and that is very much Batman in a way. We have the illusion of Bruce Wayne, and then we have Batman in the shadows that has a lot more complicated things going on. So just in that, I think he’s perfect for this role.”

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Zoe Kravitz spoke to Michelle Pfeiffer after landing Catwoman role

Zoe Kravitz was comforted by Michelle Pfeiffer after she was cast as Catwoman in The Batman.It was announced last year that the Big Little Lies actress would be playing the formidable Selina Kyle, and her feline alter-ego, in Matt Reeves’ superhero thr…

Zoe Kravitz was comforted by Michelle Pfeiffer after she was cast as Catwoman in The Batman.

It was announced last year that the Big Little Lies actress would be playing the formidable Selina Kyle, and her feline alter-ego, in Matt Reeves’ superhero thriller, alongside Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.

The role was previously played by Michelle in Tim Burton’s 1992 movie, Batman Returns, before Halle Berry took over in 2004, and later Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Zoe revealed that she approached Michelle at the Golden Globes earlier this year, as the pair were sat together thanks to the 62-year-old’s husband David E. Kelley, who wrote the hit HBO show, Big Little Lies.

“I spoke to Michelle. We sat at the same table at the Golden Globes, and I’ve met her a bunch over the years because of David E. Kelley. She’d always been so nice,” the 31-year-old told the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket. “I had just gotten cast so I was really nervous to be around her, and she was so sweet.

“She just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You’re going to be great.’ That was really just amazing,” Zoe shared.

And the three-time Oscar nominee wasn’t the only Catwoman to offer Zoe some much-needed support.

“Both Halle and Anne were really sweet on Instagram and Twitter. (They) sent really sweet, encouraging messages when that was announced. So I feel supported by my girls,” she added.

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Michael Keaton in talks to reprise Batman role

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became …

Michael Keaton is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Batman for The Flash movie.

The 68-year-old made his debut as the Caped Crusader back in 1989’s Batman and its sequel, Batman Returns, in 1992, which were both helmed by Tim Burton and became cult classics.

He was set to return for Batman Forever in 1995, but left during development of the film, helmed by the late Joel Schumacher, with Val Kilmer eventually taking over the role of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. reportedly want Keaton back in the Batsuit after almost 30 years for the standalone superhero film, starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedster, according to editors at The Wrap.

The highly-anticipated project has been hit by delays since it was announced by Warner Bros. executives back in 2014, but last year, it was finally given a scheduled release date of June 2022. It filmmaker Andy Muschietti will direct, with a script penned by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson.

The storyline will reportedly introduce the idea of a multiverse, in which multiple versions of the same characters exist in alternate universes, as explained in the original DC Comics, and in a similar vein to Marvel’s hit animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018.

Therefore, the multiverse plot won’t affect director Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle and her feline alter-ego Catwoman, and Paul Dano as The Riddler.

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John David Washington overcame fear of heights while shooting Tenet

John David Washington overcame his fear of heights while shooting Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet.The BlacKkKlansman star admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he struggled filming scenes at height at first but the experience eventually helped him g…

John David Washington overcame his fear of heights while shooting Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet.

The BlacKkKlansman star admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he struggled filming scenes at height at first but the experience eventually helped him get over his fear.

“I loved every day of it. The only thing that probably was tough for me were the heights at first but I ended up getting over that, in India,” Washington told the magazine. “And that became a great accomplishment for me, because I’m not too comfortable with heights and I became better acquainted with heights after that experience.”

Back in December, a teaser from the film was released, showing his character rescuing a member of the audience from the hands of terrorists at an opera house, and Washington confessed he was blown away filming the jaw-dropping scene.

“I couldn’t get over the scale of it all, how many background artists we had,” Washington explained. “Those are not digitally enhanced people, those weren’t painted in, they were all there and present.

“It was extremely intense, so many moving pieces. Nolan on set, he just works at such pace and is so well organised. I mean, it was chaos when he yelled ‘Action!’ but getting it done, it felt very organised.”

Tenet, also starring Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, is set to hit cinemas on 31 July.

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Anna Kendrick: ‘Filming Twilight was like a hostage situation’

Anna Kendrick has joked that she was so miserable while filming Twilight that she wanted to “murder everyone” on set.The 34-year-old actress, who played high school student Jessica Stanley, confessed that shooting the first movie in the fantasy romance…

Anna Kendrick has joked that she was so miserable while filming Twilight that she wanted to “murder everyone” on set.

The 34-year-old actress, who played high school student Jessica Stanley, confessed that shooting the first movie in the fantasy romance saga more than 12 years ago was a traumatic experience.

“The first movie we filmed in Portland, Oregon, and I just remember being so cold and miserable,” she told Vanity Fair, joking that she and her castmates, including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, were so irritated she wanted to kill them.

“And I just remember my Converse being completely soaked through and feeling like, ‘You know, this is a really great group of people and I’m sure that we would be friends at a different time, but I want to murder everyone,'” Anna quipped.

The Pitch Perfect star added: “Although, it was also kind of bonding. There was something about it, like if you go through some trauma event. Like you imagine people who survive a hostage situation, and you’re kind of bonded for life.”

However, filming the second movie in the franchise, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was a much better experience, mostly due to the weather.

“The second movie, for whatever reason the weather wasn’t quite as intense and I think that’s sort of where we all got to know each other a little bit better,” she shared.

But filming the third, fourth and fifth movies all became too much, and Anna recalled they all “blended into one.”

“Because my whole job was to just go, like, ‘This family of very pale people who we never see eating. They’re really weird, right?'” she laughed.

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Kenneth Branagh was ‘constantly surprised’ by Tenet script

Kenneth Branagh was “constantly surprised” by Christopher Nolan’s screenplay while filming Tenet.The 59-year-old appears in an unknown role in the Dunkirk director’s upcoming spy thriller, which also stars John David Washington, Michael Caine, and Robe…

Kenneth Branagh was “constantly surprised” by Christopher Nolan’s screenplay while filming Tenet.

The 59-year-old appears in an unknown role in the Dunkirk director’s upcoming spy thriller, which also stars John David Washington, Michael Caine, and Robert Pattinson.

But in an interview with Total Film magazine about the project, Branagh admitted he was left very confused when reading the script for the much-anticipated Hollywood release.

“I kid you not, I read this screenplay more times than I have ever read any other thing I have ever worked on,” he shared. “It was like doing The Times (newspaper) crossword puzzle every day, I would imagine. Except the film and the screenplay didn’t expect you, or need you, to be an expert.”

And when the actor/director was asked if he plays the villain in the highly-secretive movie, he confessed he had no idea, because Nolan was regularly “reinventing” his character’s motives.

“In the playing of it, and in the scenes, he keeps upturning, or playing forward and backward, our expectations of what the character should be. So, my conversations with (Nolan) about my character were constant, because the character’s evolution was not set. It was a series of constant surprises,” Branagh explained.

“You might expect me to be an antagonist, but then (the plot) doesn’t quite follow what you might expect as the story plays out,” he teased.

Tenet is due to open in cinemas on 17 July.

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Colin Farrell is ‘huge fan’ of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy

Colin Farrell is a “huge fan” of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.The Irish actor is portraying Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming big screen reboot of the DC Comics franchise, and …

Colin Farrell is a “huge fan” of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The Irish actor is portraying Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot opposite Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming big screen reboot of the DC Comics franchise, and he’s overjoyed to be joining the Batman universe.

“It’s all exciting. To be a part of that universe and just there are certain words that are part of my internal lexicon: Gotham City, Penguin, Joker, Batman, Bruce Wayne, Harvey Dent, all these things,” he told Good Morning America.

Farrell also said he loved Nolan’s dark reimagining of the comic, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ago in Batman Begins in 2005, The Dark Knight in 2008, and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

“Obviously I was a huge fan of what Chris Nolan did with that world and how he brought it back to life and gave it an immediacy and a contemporary significance,” he said of the trilogy. “So just to be part of, again that folklore, that mythology, is again really cool.”

And he pointed to Michael Keaton’s debut as Gotham City’s crime-fighting hero in Tim Burton’s Batman back in 1989, as well as Adam West’s iconic turn in the 1960s TV show, for inspiring him when he was younger.

“Tim Burton’s Batman was kind of my… no, I watched the Adam West TV show growing up actually as well,” Farrell explained. “So Batman as a kid, yes very much, not in comic book form but the TV show I watched ardently when I was a child. And then in my teens I saw Burton’s version and loved it.”

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Robert Pattinson: ‘Tenet is an incredibly complicated movie’

Robert Pattinson has admitted he struggled to understand the plot of his mysterious new movie Tenet.The 34-year-old actor is one of the many big names in the star-studded cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy thriller, including John David Washingto…

Robert Pattinson has admitted he struggled to understand the plot of his mysterious new movie Tenet.

The 34-year-old actor is one of the many big names in the star-studded cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy thriller, including John David Washington, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

However, he has now confessed to Esquire magazine that he had absolutely no idea what the screenplay was about, even while shooting the film.

“It’s an incredibly complicated movie, like all of Chris’s movies. I mean, you have to watch them when they’re completely finished and edited three or four times to understand what the true meaning is,” Pattinson quipped. “When you’re doing them, I mean, there were months at a time where I’m like, ‘Am I… I actually, honestly, have no idea if I’m even vaguely understanding what’s happening’. I would definitely say that to John David.”

The Twilight star went on to reveal he was so dumbfounded by the narrative that he inadvertently discovered he had interpreted his character differently to how Nolan wanted him to play it.

“On the last day, I asked him a question about what was happening in a scene, and it was just so profoundly the wrong take on the character. And it was like, ‘Have you been thinking this the entire time?'” he explained. “There’s definitely a bond in the end in kind of hiding the fact that maybe neither one of us knew exactly what was going on. But then I thought, ‘Ah, but John David actually did know. He had to know what was going on.'”

Tenet is set to be released on 17 July.

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