This week has been quite a productive week for “Cosmopolis” star, Robert Pattinson. He was witty, refreshing and quite a gentleman from interview to interview. In fact, Pattinson appeared to exhibit increased confidence as he progressed through each interview. It was an interesting journey and a chance for Pattinson’s fans to get to know him. And if you didn’t learn anything else you learned that Pattinson’s in passionate about acting and becoming an actor. It was practically all he talked about. Is he an actor. Let’s see!
The 26-year-old actor told MTV, “It was one of the first times I considered myself an actor.” Pattinson was referring to the thriller “Cosmopolis,” a film in which he stars in and opens in theaters today.
To have the kind of summer Pattinson has had it’s a wonder he’s able to stay sharp and up beat all week.
Us Magazine’s review of “Cosmopolis” may turn Pattinson’s smile upside down. Mara Reinstein’s, critiques of the film, describes Pattinson “As a monotoned billionaire financier, [who] spends the day in New York City riding in his limo to get a haircut. Don’t ask why. For 108 excruciating minutes, he picks up ;vacant-eyed passengers and spews nonsensical philosophies about women and rats. Rats, people! But that’s high art compared with the scene in which a doctor nonchalantly fets in the car and gives him a full prostate exam.
If we look at the bright side, Mara was quite kind by keeping her review brief.
Pattinson’s MTV interview with Josh Horowitz fared much better. Pattinson joked with the host saying “you want tears; you gotta give me the big bucks!” Rob was simply responding to Horowitz’s opening line “This is not going to be Dr. Phil or Oprah, so if u tuned in for that, keep moving.”
When he arrived at “Times Talks sit-down to promote “Cosmopolis,” New York Times writer David Carr attempted to provoke Pattinson into a discussion about his relationship with Kristen Stewart, by likening the recent drama to past issues between “[Prince] Charles and Diana,” Rob drew immediate support from the audience this time. Hence, Carr’s comparison was met with a loud chorus of boos. “I wouldn’t go that far,” a seemingly embarrassed Pattinson said. He didn’t have to elaborate—seconds later an ardent admirer screamed out, “Next question!”
The 26-year-old actor never directly addressed Kristen Stewart or her “momentary indiscretion” with Rupert Sanders.
He did, however, provide some insight into why America is so obsessed with celebrities. “I think it’s because America really wants to have a royal family,” he said. “They want to pick their king and queen.”
Rob got some empathetic cheers from the audience when he expressed his distaste for paparazzi following him. But does he wish that the same attention was focused on the policy-makers of our nation? He shrugged, admitting he wouldn’t want to be “responsible” for unleashing that on anyone.
Every encounter had its test, as Pattinson walked into each appearance, apparently with no game plan (remember he had no publicist).
Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos wanted to immediately address the controversy. So he asked Robert Pattinson: “What do you want your fans to know about what’s going on in your personal life?” “I mean you know they seem pretty excited about whatever. I’d like my fans to know that Cinnamon toast crunch only has 30 calories a bowl in it,” he joked, referring to the box of cereal he had been handed as a gift for appearing on the show and partly homage to the ice cream he ate on ”The Daily Show” earlier this week. He went on to say “It’s a different thing. You go into it to do movies,” he said. “I’ve never been interested in trying to sell my personal life and that’s really the only reason people bring it up. The reason why you go on TV is to promote movies. That’s the only way to do it. If you get used to it I think you start going crazy,” Pattinson said. He was referencing the fame engendered by the “Twilight” franchise. Pattinson continued, saying, “It’s like being on the craziest theme park ride. It’s totally exciting but, eventually, at some point you have to have a break.”
He was a little surprised by Stephanopoulos’s question, however, Pattinson got into a grove and confidently segued his way through and cough up a reasonable answer.
Then the conversation started to veer back into the world of David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” After a clip played where co-star Paul Giamatti points out that he can score more girls than Pattinson, the British heartthrob joked, “He does. If you go to Brooklyn Heights Paul Giammati is.”
Following his appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Pattinson was on the red carpet in New York City for the premiere of “Cosmopolis.” While there he posed for photos and then moved inside for the screening. Hundreds of fans came out to show their support, some even lined up overnight to get a glimpse of the star. “Cosmopolis” director, David Croneberg and Rob’s leading lady from the movie, Sarah Gadon, were also both there amid the fan frenzy.
The film made its worldwide debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but now Rob’s sharing his David Cronenberg-directed project with a North American audience.
All in all, fans everywhere should be quite proud of how Pattinson carried himself through four public appearances. Not only did he behave like a gentlemen he acted quite responsible.
For those of you that are hoping for a Pattinson/Stewart reconciliation, don’t put any money on it. The situation is quite complex. While it is clear that Stewart will do anything to resolve their shattered romance, Pattinson is perhaps under extreme pressure from his family and friends to move on to the next chapter in his life. Now Magazine, a web publication in the UK reported that, “Rob’s parents Richard and Clare and his sisters Lizzy and Victoria are trying to convince R-Pattz, 26, it’s not a great idea. ‘They’re worried she may win him over and have told him he mustn’t meet her.”
Stewart will reportedly remain in hiding until next month (September) – when she’s set to appear at the Toronto International Film Festival.
No matter how good or bad “Cosmopolis” turns out to be, Rob had to do it. Embarking on “Cosmopolis” appears to have been a process of letting go for Pattinson—of self-awareness, of worry, of fear. Asked if he now feels certain he’s an actor, he quickly replies, “No.”
“As soon as you start existing in a certain world, you feel like you have tremendous amount of baggage all the time,” he says. “You get stuck in this rut where you want people to think you’re something else, but you’re too scared to do what that is to actually be the other person.
“Then you get a gift like this movie where it’s way easier than I thought it was,” he says. “You just do it. It doesn’t really matter if you fail.”
Pattinson seems to know just where he’s at and his desire is to continue to grow. So he’s growing, while battling his fears. That’s a grove he’s learning how to handle, but you would have never known that he’s learning because he looks so in charge.