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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Halsey going head-to-head with Ariana Grande over Midsommar dress auction

Halsey and Ariana Grande are set to go head-to-head for the May Queen dress Florence Pugh wore in cult 2019 horror movie Midsommar.The extravagant floral item, which was worn by the British actress in the final scene of the movie, is up for grabs in th…

Halsey and Ariana Grande are set to go head-to-head for the May Queen dress Florence Pugh wore in cult 2019 horror movie Midsommar.

The extravagant floral item, which was worn by the British actress in the final scene of the movie, is up for grabs in the A24 Films charity auction to benefit The FDNY Foundation – and both of the stars want it.

“Me, to myself,” Halsey tweeted. “Don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit…”

Grande responded: “DO IT! Halloween will never be the same… Also, I’m bidding as soon as possible.”

The 7 Rings hitmaker previously shared a screenshot on her Instagram Stories to confess she already had her eye on replicating the dress after her friends had been forwarding her the news of the auction.

“I was already planning to have it made anyway bye,” she wrote.

Pugh starred in the movie as a young woman who travels to a commune in Sweden with her boyfriend, played by Jack Reynor, for a midsummer festival that descends into terrifying violence at the hands of a pagan cult.

The studio will host a series of auctions, each with different lots. The first sale was held on 22 April and featured original items from the hit HBO show Euphoria and horror movie Hereditary, with proceeds donated to NYC Health + Hospitals.

The next auction, to take place on 27 April, will include 10 items from Midsommar, including the May Queen outfit and a bear mask.

Another sale will be held on 4 May, and will feature lots from Uncut Gems, with the iconic jewelled Furby chain and Idina Menzel’s bat mitzvah dress up for grabs, with proceeds going to the Queens Community House.

And on 11 May, the final auction will be held, featuring items from The Lighthouse, including a mermaid statue.

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Charlie Heaton wants to emulate Robert Pattinson’s career

Charlie Heaton would like his career to follow a similar trajectory to Robert Pattinson’s.The British actor shot to fame playing Jonathan Byers in Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things in 2016 and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming fourth ser…

Charlie Heaton would like his career to follow a similar trajectory to Robert Pattinson’s.

The British actor shot to fame playing Jonathan Byers in Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things in 2016 and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming fourth series of the show. Looking ahead to his career once the series is finished, Heaton hopes he can mirror the path Pattinson carved out for himself once he finished the Twilight franchise.

“Not in an aspect where it’s like, ‘Wow, I want to be Robert Pattinson,’” he told GQ magazine. “But having seen him come off this huge show, he’s made these really interesting choices. He’s done The Lighthouse, and he did Good Time. Obviously now he’s doing Batman, but I think he’s chosen to work with interesting directors, and I feel a lot of respect for him.”

The 26-year-old has already got some movie projects under his belt, including upcoming X-Men instalment, The New Mutants, and the sequel to Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir. And although his New Mutants character Cannonball is an outsider like Byers, Heaton hopes he can show off his range in the future.

“They see you as one thing, and you continue to do that,” the star shared of the industry. “Do you want to play this really awkward, offbeat outsider? Yeah. I can – but I can do other things. It’s having people trust that you can do other things or proving it to them.”

He was initially scared to take on the part, as he was concerned about signing away years of his life, while he was also “absolutely terrified” on The Souvenir: Part II, because Hogg likes to completely improvise her scenes, except for a few notes about character description.

“You start in the morning and you’d be absolutely terrified,” he confessed. “And then you shoot, and then every day you go home with this buzz. You’re like, ‘Wow, it was so alive. I can’t believe I did that.’ And then it would start again every morning, where you’re dreading going to work.”

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Robert Pattinson afraid of getting injured while filming The Batman

Robert Pattinson is afraid of getting injured while playing the iconic superhero in The Batman.The British actor was cast as DC Comics’ Caped Crusader last summer, and he told Vanity Fair that since then, he’s been overhauling his fitness regime in a…

Robert Pattinson is afraid of getting injured while playing the iconic superhero in The Batman.

The British actor was cast as DC Comics’ Caped Crusader last summer, and he told Vanity Fair that since then, he’s been overhauling his fitness regime in an effort to keep in the best shape possible.

“I’m doing Batman next year, and really it’s such a physical part that, more than anything, I’m afraid of getting injured, so I kind of need to be consistent with the working out. I have a trainer, who I really love, in London,” he shared, adding that he needs someone to watch over him to makes sure he does the workouts properly.

“If someone’s not watching over you, it’s so easy to work out in a really undisciplined way. I’ve given myself crazy tennis elbow just from being idiotic when you’re trying to lift too-heavy weights,” The Lighthouse star joked.

Pattinson is a big fan of easy exercises, and said that a quick workout in his hotel room can have the same results as a full gym session.

“I think simple stuff works the best. If you’re in hotel rooms all the time, planking is such an incredible thing to do. It’s really meditative as well. You don’t have to think about. It’s difficult to do it wrong, and the results are pretty incredible,” he explained.

However, he confessed that it takes him a while to get the motivation to start exercise, and likes to double down on his efforts closer to the beginning of filming.

“I think I have a similar thing to most people where I’ll dread working out,” he stated. “But in general, just before a job, it’s almost always a question of leaning down really quickly. So I’ll wait till the last possible minute, and then do (an) extreme lean-down in two weeks.”

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Robert Pattinson wants to help independent filmmakers

Robert Pattinson wants to use his star power to help independent filmmakers get their movies into cinemas.After his breakthrough role in Twilight, the British actor took an unexpected career path and went down the indie route, going for challenging exp…

Robert Pattinson wants to use his star power to help independent filmmakers get their movies into cinemas.

After his breakthrough role in Twilight, the British actor took an unexpected career path and went down the indie route, going for challenging experimental films that possibly wouldn’t have received the funding to get made without his involvement.

Speaking with the BBC, Pattinson admitted he gravitates towards characters and parts that are “a bit perverse and a bit crazy” and wants to use his name to keep independent movies in cinemas.

“I definitely am on the side of trying to get independent movies into theatres and getting somebody to see them,” he said. “I think if every single obscure filmmaker was just completely drowned out by conglomerates then that would be an awful thing.”

Pattinson, whose recent films include Good Time, High Life and The Lighthouse, explained that he picks challenging films that he would like to watch himself.

“When I first started getting into film, the movies that I’d be buying DVDs of would be slightly obscure things from Cannes or whatever,” the 33-year-old continued. “And I just think… I don’t want to feel like someone’s trying to entertain me. It’s like if you go to a party and there’s someone there who’s just trying to entertain everybody. You might have a chuckle at them, but you know they’re really just a throwaway, pointless person with no depth… But if someone’s very much themselves and has an intriguing, independent point of view, then they are an interesting person to converse with. I just look at movies the same way.”

The Harry Potter star, who has started production on The Batman, in which he’ll star as the Caped Crusader, added that he is aware his career could end at any moment and he would hate to finish on a film that he took simply to elevate his box office status.

“I always think that whatever movie you’re doing, there’s a potential that it’s the last movie you’re ever going to get, and so I don’t want to end my career on a ‘transitional’ movie,” he stated.

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Robert Pattinson hates growing facial hair for movie roles

Robert Pattinson hates growing facial hair for movie roles because he’s “constantly covered” in food.The 33-year-old has undergone several transformations for films including The Lighthouse, The Childhood of a Leader and The Lost City of Z, but he reve…

Robert Pattinson hates growing facial hair for movie roles because he’s “constantly covered” in food.

The 33-year-old has undergone several transformations for films including The Lighthouse, The Childhood of a Leader and The Lost City of Z, but he revealed that he’s not a fan of facial fuzz.

“I do not understand men who choose to do this to themselves,” Pattinson told Vanity Fair. “The idea of having a moustache as your go-to look for your whole life (means) you’ve got to be out of your mind. It’s like having a stone in your shoe every day.”

And the side effects of having a beard or bushy moustache proved to be too much for the Twilight star.

“You’re constantly sneezing, constantly covered in food. When we were in Nova Scotia, having a moustache definitely (helped you) fit in a little bit more with fishermen; I think you’d get more abuse if you didn’t have one,” he shared. “It definitely does encourage you to have a whole bunch of different facial expressions… I think I was just constantly trying to keep my hairs out of my nostrils.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the British star said he was relieved to be the face of Dior Homme, as it helped balance out all the “weirdos” he plays on the big screen.

“In the last five or six years, I’ve almost exclusively played weirdos,” Pattinson laughed. “It was almost a relief to be like, ‘At least I’ve got Dior coming out, so I don’t look like I’m just completely enveloped by the dark side yet.'”

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The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems lead Independent Spirit Awards nominations

The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems will lead the way at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nominations each.Robert Eggers’s black-and-white thriller, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, is up for Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Su…

The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems will lead the way at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nominations each.

Robert Eggers’s black-and-white thriller, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, is up for Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male, among others, while Josh and Benny Safdie’s crime thriller, starring Adam Sandler, is up for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Male Lead, among others.

They face stiff competition from Shia LaBeouf’s autobiographical film Honey Boy, which also landed five nominations, including Best Supporting Male for the Transformers star and his young co-star Noah Jupe.

For the coveted Best Feature prize, Uncut Gems will compete against A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, and Marriage Story, while Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart is up for Best First Feature, alongside The Climb, Diane, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Mustang, and See You Yesterday.

The 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on 8 February in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is:

BEST FEATURE

A Hidden Life

Clemency

The Farewell

Marriage Story

Uncut Gems

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Booksmart

The Climb

Diane

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Mustang

See You Yesterday

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Karen Allen – Colewell

Hong Chau – Driveways

Elisabeth Moss – Her Smell

Mary Kay Place – Diane

Alfre Woodard – Clemency

Renee Zellweger – Judy

BEST MALE LEAD

Chris Galust – Give Me Liberty

Kelvin Harrison, Jr. – Luce

Robert Pattinson – The Lighthouse

Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

Matthias Schoenaerts – The Mustang

BEST DIRECTOR

Robert Eggers – The Lighthouse

Alma Har’el – Honey Boy

Julius Onah – Luce

Benny & Josh Safdie – Uncut Gems

Lorene Scafaria – Hustlers

BEST DOCUMENTARY

American Factory

Apollo 11

For Sama

Honeyland

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Noah Jupe – Honey Boy

Shia LaBeouf – Honey Boy

Jonathan Majors – The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Wendell Pierce – Burning Cane

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Taylor Russell – Waves

Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell

Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer – Give Me Liberty

Octavia Spencer – Luce

BEST SCREENPLAY

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Jason Begue & Shawn Snyder – To Dust

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie – Uncut Gems

Chinonye Chukwu – Clemency

Tarell Alvin McCraney – High Flying Bird

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Fredrica Bailey & Stefon Bristol – See You Yesterday

Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen – Driveways

Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy – Blow the Man Down

Jocelyn Deboer & Dawn Luebbe – Greener Grass

James Montague & Craig W. Sanger – The Vast of Night

BEST EDITING

Julie Beziau – The Third Wife

Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems

Tyler L. Cook – Sword of Trust

Louise Ford – The Lighthouse

Kirill Mikhanovsky – Give Me Liberty

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Todd Banhazl – Hustlers

Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse

Natasha Braier – Honey Boy

Chananun Chotrungroj – The Third Wife

Pawel Pogorzelski – Midsommar

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Invisible Life, Brazil

Les Miserables, France

Parasite, South Korea

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, France

Retablo, Peru

The Souvenir, United Kingdom

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)

Burning Cane

Colewell

Give Me Liberty

Premature

Wild Nights with Emily

PRODUCERS AWARD

Mollye Asher

Krista Parris

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Rashaad Ernesto Green – Premature

Ash Mayfair – The Third Wife

Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

Khalik Allah – Black Mother

Davy Rothbart – 17 Blocks

Nadia Shihab – Jaddoland

Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside – America

THE BONNIE AWARD

Marielle Heller

Kelly Reichardt

Lulu Wang

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Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson ‘worked differently’ during The Lighthouse shoot

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson took very different approaches to acting during The Lighthouse shoot.The actors star in Robert Eggers’s black-and-white horror film as two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island who slowly s…

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson took very different approaches to acting during The Lighthouse shoot.

The actors star in Robert Eggers’s black-and-white horror film as two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island who slowly start to succumb to isolation, booze, and hallucinations.

In an interview with Mr Porter, Dafoe shared that the duo took very different approaches to the project.

“Rob Pattinson worked very differently from me,” he said. “But I made no judgment on it because he had a different job. And also, I don’t need him to work the way that I work. If I want to, I can work the way he works. He’s a more reactive character. He’s acted upon. So, it was very different.”

As an example, The Grand Budapest Hotel star added that the British actor doesn’t like to rehearse and prepares for the shoot by himself, whereas he likes to do extensive rehearsals thanks to his theatre background.

Pattinson admitted he would use the rehearsal process to “cheat” against his co-star, who he initially found quite intimidating.

“I sort of used the rehearsal process (to try and) see all of Willem’s cards, which frustrated him,” the Twilight actor added. “It’s quite competitive, the two parts, and so I guess I was trying to cheat as much as I could going up against someone like Willem. As soon as I could see that he knew what I was going to do, it would make me really sad. I was trying to surprise him as well as myself every time. He seems to be able to do a scene in an infinite number of ways. I feel like I’ve only got maybe five ways to do it.”

Dafoe also shared that Pattinson would use “wacky” techniques to get into character in the moment, such as sticking his fingers down his throat and beating himself up.

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Willem Dafoe bewildered by Robert Pattinson’s ‘wacky’ method acting

Willem Dafoe was astonished by his The Lighthouse co-star Robert Pattinson’s method acting techniques.The pair appear in the Robert Eggers-directed drama, which follows Pattinson’s character Ephraim as he spends four weeks as an assistant to Dafoe’s li…

Willem Dafoe was astonished by his The Lighthouse co-star Robert Pattinson’s method acting techniques.

The pair appear in the Robert Eggers-directed drama, which follows Pattinson’s character Ephraim as he spends four weeks as an assistant to Dafoe’s lighthouse keeper.

In the movie, the remote island soon begins to take its toll on Ephraim and he descends into a world of madness and chaos, murdering a seagull and screaming about wanting steak.

Speaking to Mr Porter magazine about the Twilight star’s unusual acting technique, Dafoe explained: “He’s not interested in craft, I think. He wants to throw himself into deep water and he feels like it will only be true if he’s drowning.

“For me that seemed wacky. But I’m not trying to judge. He has a good sense of the visual, of what’s needed in a close-up. Sometimes he’d beat himself up so bad. He’d stick his fingers down his throat, things like that.”

Earlier this year, Dafoe told Variety his co-star “acts like he doesn’t know what he’s doing” on set, but insisted he uses it as a “device to allow him more freedom”.

“And I might add that Rob really wants to jump into things, sometimes with his eyes closed,” he added.

The Lighthouse hits U.S. cinemas from Friday.

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Robert Pattinson had trouble seeing on set of The Lighthouse

Robert Pattinson had trouble seeing on the set of black-and-white movie The Lighthouse because the lights had to be so bright.In the drama, Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island who slowly …

Robert Pattinson had trouble seeing on the set of black-and-white movie The Lighthouse because the lights had to be so bright.

In the drama, Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island who slowly start to succumb to isolation, booze, and hallucinations. The film was shot on black-and-white film, meaning every scene had to be lit more than usual, and the British actor struggled with his vision.

“We realised, because of the combination of shooting on black-and-white negative and the 1920s lenses, you need so much light just to get anything,” Pattinson told Variety magazine. “We were doing one scene which was talking to each other over a table. The light is so bright, you couldn’t see the other actor.”

The Twilight star is known for reaching out to filmmakers he wants to work with and that was no different with The Lighthouse. He got in touch with director Robert Eggers after seeing his film The Witch to suggest a collaboration and he presented him with the film’s script.

The 33-year-old threw himself into preparation for the role by reading stories and historical books about lighthouse keepers and moved to the island of Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia, where the shoot was to take place, three months early so he could acclimatise to the location.

Dafoe also spoke with the magazine to heap praise on his “wildly self-effacing” co-star.

“If you ever talk to him about performing, he acts like he doesn’t know what he’s doing. That’s a little bit of a device to allow him more freedom,” he commented. “And I might add that Rob really wants to jump into things, sometimes with his eyes closed.”

The Lighthouse is doing the film festival rounds and is set for cinema release in October.

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