Fans of the popular US TV series, Desperate Housewives, may be over the moon to learn that the male lead of the series, played by Robert Pattinson, is set to star in a film adaptation of the story, titled Good Morning, Verona, directed by Marc Munden. The film will be released in UK cinemas on 15th September 2020, and if early reviews are anything to go by, it will be an amazing performance.
Reviews Are Amazing
The cast in the film include Kate Hudson, Danny DeVito, and Snoop Dogg. However, it is Pattinson’s portrayal of a hapless TV weatherman in the series that has captured the imagination of audiences, and critics alike. So much so, that several awards shows, including the Golden Globes, have given him their best actor award in 2020.
Pattinson’s Performance Is Unparalleled
Written by Katie Dippenaar, the screenplay for Good Morning, Verona was based on the popular book of the same name, by Dorothy S. Buechner. The story centres around a TV weatherman, played by Pattinson, who embarks on a road trip with his friends, in an attempt to patch things up with his estranged wife. During the film’s press conference, held in Los Angeles, the British actor confirmed that he was “very grateful for the opportunity to play such a vital role in a wonderful story”.
Dippenaar, who also wrote the screenplay for last year’s Black Widow, said: “I loved writing for Robert because he is such a brilliant actor. The way he inhabits a role is just extraordinary. To see the character he has created and the depth of his commitment to bringing it to life is spectacular to watch.”
A Master Class In Acting
In an interview with The Telegraph, when asked about his approach to playing the role of a hapless TV weatherman, Pattinson said: “I don’t know, it’s been a real education. I’ve had no background in acting, so it’s all been pretty learning-by-doing. The script was so well written and the part just came easily to me.”
The actor then went on to praise his co-stars, Kate Hudson and Snoop Dogg, as well as director Marc Munden, for helping him to “blossom as an actor”. After spending years playing minor or supporting roles in various films and TV shows, it is clear that this is one film where Pattinson’s hard work has definitely paid off.
A Turning Point In His Career
Pattinson’s performance as the hapless TV weatherman in Good Morning, Verona marks a turning point in his career. After years of mostly playing supporting and minor roles, the actor is grateful for the opportunity to “step up and be the centre of attention” for a change.
A Stunning Turn In Fashion
The gorgeous costume Kitty Dippenaar put together for Pattinson’s character is certainly a highlight of the film. Dippenaar, who also designs the outfits for the series, said that the weatherman’s look is based on the film’s 1950s setting and that the inspiration to create something “old-fashioned and unique” came from a combination of sources. She then went on to list these as: “Robert’s personal style, classic Hollywood and old-school prints from the ‘50s.”
The costume designer said that one of the hardest parts of this project was creating the look of the female characters, particularly that of his costar, Kate Hudson. So much so, that she claims she had to “reinvent the wheel” when it came to designing her costumes for the film. According to Dippenaar: “I wanted to create something classic and timeless, and off-the-rack clothes just wouldn’t do. So, I had to come up with a way of taking classic Hollywood silhouettes and modernising them to fit into the ‘50s.”
A Different Perspective
Not many actors get the opportunity to play a different character than they are usually associated with, which is exactly what Pattinson gets to do, in a film that he is not contractually obligated to do. Moreover, it is a refreshing change for audiences, who have grown accustomed to seeing him play sad clowns or quirky bachelors, and now have the opportunity to see him in a whole different light. This is especially true considering this is his first role in a major film, and most of his previous work, including the award-winning The Lost Prince and Cosmopolis, both from 2019, were largely character-based.
Many may see Pattinson as an unlikely choice to play the part of a hapless weatherman, given his usual typecasting, but it is a decision that makes complete sense, on several levels. Firstly, television viewers know exactly what they are getting with Pattinson, so there is no real mystery or expectation of surprise surrounding the role. Moreover, despite being typecast as a comedic actor, Pattinson actually has a very dry sense of humour, which served him well in his recent hosting gig of the Academy Awards, where he had to entertain a crowd, while at the same time, making jokes about the biggest films and award shows in the business.
This is in stark contrast to the other male leads in these films, who are almost always playing a comical/camp character. It is a role that suits Pattinson perfectly, and one that will no doubt make him a household name.