Robert Pattinson re-evaluated career when he ran out of work

Robert Pattinson re-evaluated the viability of his career in quirky independent movies when he started 2019 without a job.The British actor found fame with mainstream movies such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Twilight franchise before …

Robert Pattinson re-evaluated the viability of his career in quirky independent movies when he started 2019 without a job.

The British actor found fame with mainstream movies such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Twilight franchise before taking the indie route, with him starring in a range of niche films such as Good Time, High Life, and The Lighthouse.

And although he received critical acclaim for his performances in these projects, Pattinson realised in early 2019 that they weren’t giving him commercial appeal because not enough mainstream audiences were watching them.

“I started the beginning of last year with no job. And I was calling my agent and just being like—I had gotten good reviews in stuff—and I was like, ‘What the f**k? I thought this was a pretty good year, and I’m f**king starting the year like I’ve just done a pile of trash,’” he recalled to GQ magazine.

His agent explained that he wasn’t “on the list” for blockbuster films because “everyone thinks you don’t want to do any of this stuff”.

That conversation made him recognise he wanted to make those types of films too, to help give his career more stability.

“Just something which you could kind of rely on a little bit more,” the 34-year-old sighed. “The problem which I was finding was, however much I loved the movies I was doing, no one sees them. And so, it’s kind of this frightening thing, ‘cause I don’t know how viable this is for a career.… I don’t know how many people there actually are in the industry who are willing to back you without any commercial viability whatsoever.”

Soon after he made it known he was interested in studio projects, Pattinson was hired by Christopher Nolan to star alongside John David Washington in Tenet, and while he was making that film, he was offered the lead in Matt Reeves’s The Batman.

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Zoe Kravitz keen to get back to The Batman set

Zoe Kravitz can’t wait to get back to filming The Batman even though she has concerns about how social distancing will work on set.The Big Little Lies actress, who is playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s new blockbuster, was in the middle of f…

Zoe Kravitz can’t wait to get back to filming The Batman even though she has concerns about how social distancing will work on set.

The Big Little Lies actress, who is playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s new blockbuster, was in the middle of filming alongside Robert Pattinson in England when the production was shut down due to the health crisis in March.

And in a new interview with Variety, Zoe shared that she can’t wait for the day she can return to work.

“(A part of me is) hoping to wake up every day to an email or a phone call saying, ‘We’re ready to go,'” she said. “I’m in touch with everybody, and everyone’s ready to go when it’s safe.”

However, Zoe admitted it would be difficult for the cast and crew to implement social distancing measures on set, particularly because she works so closely with the costume and make-up teams.

“You have people just touching your face, touching your body all day long,” the 31-year-old explained. “I need help getting into the catsuit. I can’t do it on my own. I was probably touched more (on this film) than any job, just because of the clothes and the combat and all of that.”

The star recently told Vanity Fair magazine that she was having virtual sessions with her trainer David Higgins five days a week during lockdown because she’s determined not to ruin all the hard work she put in to get into shape for the role.

“It’s not like the studio called and said, ‘Don’t get fat, b**ch,'” she joked. “The first couple weeks that I self-quarantined, I remember texting the director, Matt, and I was like, ‘We might have to make the catsuit a few sizes bigger when this is over.’

“I’m definitely eating whatever the f**k I want. But yeah, (I) try to stay in decent shape so I don’t have to start from scratch.”

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Colin Farrell to play ‘original and fun’ version of The Penguin in The Batman

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcom…

Colin Farrell has teased that his take on The Penguin in The Batman will be “original and fun”.

The Irish actor is taking on the role of Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot, previously made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, for the upcoming comic book adaptation, which will be directed by Matt Reeves.

And Farrell, who will be starring opposite Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader, said he’s looking forward to getting back to filming the thriller after production on the movie in the U.K. was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I had only started it and I can’t wait to get back,” the 43-year-old told Good Morning America. “The creation of it, the aesthetic of the character, has been fun and I really am so excited to get back and explore it.”

Farrell also revealed that while he’s only in the movie for a short period, he has a few “tasty” scenes.

“I haven’t got that much to do. I have a certain amount in the film. I am not all over it by any means. But there are a couple of some tasty scenes I have in it and my creation and I can’t wait to get back,” he shared.

And he’s looking forward to bringing his interpretation of the iconic Batman villain to the big screen.

“I totally feel like it is something that I have not had the opportunity to explore before. It feels original and fun. But I am only at the start of the journey so I can’t wait to get back and really get into it,” Farrell added.

The Batman, which also stars Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Zoe Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright, is set to be released in October 2021.

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Robert Pattinson ignoring The Batman training during lockdown

Robert Pattinson isn’t keeping up with his training for The Batman during lockdown. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s The Batman when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shu…

Robert Pattinson isn’t keeping up with his training for The Batman during lockdown.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s The Batman when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

Pattinson had been working with a personal trainer, who the film studio hired to get him in superhero shape, and the trainer left him with a BOSU ball and a single weight and pleaded with him to continue using both while he self-isolates. However, he is currently ignoring her.

“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” the 34-year-old explained to GQ magazine. “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean – he wasn’t exactly ripped… Literally, I’m just barely doing anything.”

He added that when he was filming Twilight “the one time they told me to take my shirt off, I think they told me to put it back on again.”

Pattinson’s comments are in stark contrast to his co-star Zoe Kravitz, who plays Selina Kyle/Catwoman. She has been keeping up with her workout routine for The Batman five days a week during lockdown so she’s still in shape when production resumes.

Pattinson, who is usually based in Los Angeles, is currently isolating in London and living in an apartment that The Batman producers are renting for him.

And he also admitted going outside for exercise, which is currently permitted in England, scares him.

“I went for a run around the park today,” he added. “I’m so terrified of being, like, arrested. You’re allowed to run around here. But the terror I feel from it is quite extreme.”

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Robert Pattinson: ‘The anticipation for The Batman energises me’

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and…

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

In a new profile piece with GQ magazine, the 34-year-old was asked why he wanted to take on such a well-known role and he explained that being part of that legacy and feeling fans’ excitement was appealing.

“It’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he shared. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energises you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

The Caped Crusader has been portrayed onscreen many times by the likes of Christian Bale, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck, but rather than being daunted by following in their footsteps, Pattinson has enjoyed trying to find his own version of the character.

“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character,” the British star explained. “And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”

Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is scheduled to open in cinemas in July. Fans were under the assumption the mysterious film involved time travel, given the reversed action seen in the trailer, but the actor insisted to GQ: “He’s not a time traveller. There’s actually no time travelling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”

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Andy Serkis determined to create his own version of Alfred Pennyworth for The Batman

Andy Serkis was determined to create a new version of Alfred Pennyworth rather than mimic previous ones for The Batman. The Lord of the Rings actor was in the middle of filming his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman’s butler Alfred alongside Robert Pattinson w…

Andy Serkis was determined to create a new version of Alfred Pennyworth rather than mimic previous ones for The Batman.

The Lord of the Rings actor was in the middle of filming his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman’s butler Alfred alongside Robert Pattinson when the production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alfred has been portrayed on screen many times, most recently by the likes of Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons, so Serkis was determined to create his own version of the iconic character.

“He (Caine) was fantastic. His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there, really,” he told LADbible. “You find it for yourself. It’s like playing these iconic roles in Shakespeare, you go back, you revisit them and you have to make it your own, and see what it is about the character that connects with you and your personal Venn diagram.”

Little is known about Matt Reeves’s new Batman film, but Serkis did reveal that it will focus more on Bruce and Alfred’s relationship and be more intense than other interpretations that have come before.

When asked whether fans were right to expect a “darker, broodier” Batman, he replied: “I would say that’s not far from the truth… It’s very much about the emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce. That’s really at the centre of it. And it is a really exquisite script that Matt has written.

“I was literally halfway through shooting my part in it when we got shut down. So, it will be interesting to see when that resurfaces how it has been affected by it (lockdown). But it is, it’s going to be a beautiful film.”

The Batman is currently set for release in October 2021.

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Zoe Kravitz keeping up Catwoman training sessions amid coronavirus lockdown

Zoe Kravitz is continuing her Catwoman training from home amid the coronavirus lockdown.The Big Little Lies actress was in the middle of filming The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson in the U.K. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and film sets were f…

Zoe Kravitz is continuing her Catwoman training from home amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The Big Little Lies actress was in the middle of filming The Batman alongside Robert Pattinson in the U.K. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and film sets were forced to shut down, and while she’s self-isolating at home, she’s determined not to ruin all the hard work she put in to get into shape for the role.

“It’s not like the studio called and said, ‘Don’t get fat, b**ch,'” she laughed to Vanity Fair. “The first couple weeks that I self-quarantined, I remember texting the director, Matt (Reeves), and I was like, ‘We might have to make the catsuit a few sizes bigger when this is over.'”

Zoe had been training for four or five months ahead of production and, after being forced to stay at home, she “quickly decided to get my s**t together.”

Her current Catwoman routine consists of virtual sessions with her trainer David Higgins five days a week.

“It’s actually been really great because it’s been giving me some kind of structure, because I do it at the same time and it also makes the weekends feel like a weekend,” the 31-year-old shared. “I don’t work out on the weekends and it gives me just, ‘Oh, it’s a different kind of a day.’ So, it’s actually been really great just for my mental health.”

Meanwhile, Zoe is making sure to look after herself as she enjoys some much-needed downtime during the lockdown, adding: “Food, wine, and weed. It’s my favourite things right now… I’m definitely eating whatever the f**k I want. But yeah, try to stay in decent shape so I don’t have to start from scratch.”

The Batman is set to hit cinemas from 1 October 2021.

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Eiza Gonzalez heartbroken after losing out on Catwoman role

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left…

Eiza Gonzalez still hasn’t recovered from losing out on the chance to play Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster The Batman.

The Baby Driver star was told to audition for Selina Kyle and her feline alter ago by the director himself, but was left heartbroken when Zoe Kravitz was cast instead.

Eiza told The Hollywood Reporter she became so obsessed that she imagined herself as Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman in the comic book adaptation, and was “living and breathing” the role after getting down to the final stages of the audition process.

“It’s impossible not to do that, especially when you get so far down the line,” the 30-year-old confessed. “It’s part of why you’re so far down the line – because you’re living and dreaming the character.

“For my prep for every role, I’m kind of a weirdo, especially when I’m already at the camera test stage or really deep into it. I will live and breathe the character; I’m more traditional in that sense. It is heartbreaking; it is always hard. You have to envision yourself in the role in order to see the role. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out.”

But the Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw star is experienced enough to know that when one door closes in Hollywood, another one opens, and she’s remaining positive that the experience will lead to another opportunity in the future.

“It’s always heartbreaking, but what I’ve learned with time, those relationships that you curate and the people that you meet don’t go away,” she shared. “The beauty of our industry is it’s never ending; it’s always evolving and transforming. I’m just lucky and grateful that I’ve had the chance to meet incredible directors and be part of incredible projects.”

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Production halted on Camila Cabello’s Cinderella movie

Production has been halted on the live-action Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello, due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.Bosses at Sony have pulled the plug on filming the re-imagining of the classic fairytale, which features a star-studded cast in…

Production has been halted on the live-action Cinderella, starring Camila Cabello, due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.

Bosses at Sony have pulled the plug on filming the re-imagining of the classic fairytale, which features a star-studded cast including Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Missy Elliott, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden.

According to editors at Deadline, the crew were sent home from the project, which is based at Pinewood Studios near London, for two weeks.

Director Kay Cannon is helming the musical blockbuster, which also stars newcomer Nicholas Galitzine and British comedian Romesh Ranganathan, with Corden’s company Fulwell 73 producing.

Universal also confirmed it has sent home the crew from Jurassic World: Dominion, which was also filming at Pinewood.

“The Pinewood Group is continuing to follow guidance set out by the government, and the studios remain fully operational,” a statement from the studios read.

Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, and the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which are both filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England, have also halted production as the Covid-19 outbreak escalates, with more than 1,500 reported cases and 55 deaths in the U.K. so far.

“At the moment, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will remain open and operational. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will post any updates on our website,” the studios said in a statement.

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Dwayne Johnson halts production on Red Notice due to coronavirus crisis

Dwayne Johnson has halted production on his new movie Red Notice to allow cast and crew members to put their families first during the coronavirus crisis.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star took to Instagram on Saturday to share video footage of hi…

Dwayne Johnson has halted production on his new movie Red Notice to allow cast and crew members to put their families first during the coronavirus crisis.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star took to Instagram on Saturday to share video footage of himself addressing his colleagues on the set of the Netflix project and announced that the shoot would be temporarily put on hold for two weeks from Monday.

“I really appreciate all your hard work and your patience during this time, but my number one goal for you guys, and it’s our number one goal too, is that we’re going to get everyone home to their families,” he said. “This (filming) is the kind of stuff that can wait; the most important thing is to take care of our families.”

Johnson wrote in the accompanying caption: “Gotta protect our babies, spouses, loved ones and elderly. We’ll continue to monitor and assess this situation closely to make the best decisions for our families first and then our businesses.”

Sharing a message of confidence amid growing coronavirus concerns, the 47-year-old added, “We’re a resilient nation who ultimately, will always rise to the occasion to be accountable and work together to overcome whatever hardship lies in front of us. Our country will do its job, as the rest of the world will do theirs.

“Everyone please stay healthy, vigilant, safe and let’s protect one another. We’re all in this – together.”

Red Notice, also featuring Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, is one of many Netflix productions which have been paused amid the global uncertainty, which has prompted studio officials across the film industry to shut down shoots.

The latest wave of projects impacted includes Robert Pattinson’s The Batman and Chris Pratt’s Jurassic World: Dominion, while TV cameras have also stopped rolling on Empire, Pose, Supernatural, and Power spin-offs Ghost and Raising Kanan.

Production on news shows Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver have been suspended too, along with shoots on The Late Late Show with James Corden and daytime series The Talk.

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