With the premiere of his latest flick, The Twilight Saga: ECLIPSE, right on the horizon, it’s a perfect opportunity to take an inventory of Robert Pattinson’s significant roles and achievements. For those of you who might not know, Robert is the quintessential English gentleman actor who’s graced the big screen in numerous films, including the Harry Potter series.
The list below details the numerous roles that Robert has played in both film and television, with links to useful information about each one:
In The Avengers, Robert plays the heroic and larger-than-life Sir Alexander Freedman. Before being knighted for his heroic actions during the First World War, Alexander was already a well-established lawyer who’d taken on numerous high profile cases.
After the War, he continues his work as a barrister while also developing a passionate interest in archaeology. When the opportunity to join an expedition to Mesopotamia presents itself, Alexander sees it as a chance to combine his passion for archaeology and law.
During the expedition, he leads a group of British explorers into uncharted territory where they come across a golden tablet inscribed with mysterious hieroglyphs, sparking the ancient war between the Olympian gods and the giant Titans. In the battle that ensues, Alexander sacrifices himself to save the lives of his companions.
The film version of The Avengers was a commercial and critical success, winning seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Additionally, it broke box office records in its time and is still the third highest-grossing film of all time. It’s fair to say that this was indeed a landmark performance for Robert, helping to establish his bona fide Hollywood career.
The Dark Knight
Batman is another of Robert’s iconic characters, appearing in The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Dark Knight trilogy. Bruce Wayne is a billionaire and an established playboy who donates considerable amounts of money to socially beneficial causes. However, his money can only buy him so much, as he becomes desperate to know what happened to his parents. This eventually leads him to don the cowl and take on the persona of Batman, dedicated to bringing criminals to justice. It’s fair to say that Batman has become one of the most popular and influential superheroes of all time. Notable appearances include Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Dark Knight trilogy as well as Matt Damon’s directorial debut, The Informant!
Batman is a character who can literally change the course of a film. For example, in The Dark Knight, the opening scene shows a glimpse of Harvey Dent, one of Batman’s main antagonists, who goes on to become Two-Face, a villainous duality featuring prominently in the sequel. Without Batman’s intervention, Harvey’s crime spree would have ended in tragedy and chaos, causing Dent’s campaign for district attorney to spin out of control.
Death Race 2000
In Death Race 2000, the eponymous car competition where the only rule is: “survival of the fittest,” Robert plays an American lawyer named Paul Kersey who’s enlisted the help of a forensic expert named George Stark to defend him against a multiple murder charge. The plot thickens when it’s revealed that Kersey is actually innocent, but must act as a fugitive due to a legal technicality. However, this creates a conflict of interest for Stark, who also happens to be Robert’s attorney. It’s a morality play with a twist: Should Stark represent his one true client, even if it means jeopardizing his own professional reputation?
Death Race 2000 was an infamous movie that spawned a brief but profitable spin-off television series and a video game. It was also one of the first major roles for Academy Award-winner Kim Basinger, with whom Robert would later star in 90125. The movie is notable for its extensive use of car chases and elaborate vehicle stunts, earning it the nickname “Cockfight with cars.”
In Ridley Scott’s 2000 epic Gladiator, the wealthy and noble Marcus Claudius Megillus devotes himself to cultivating a strong bond with his son, Lucius. However, when Lucius is conscripted into the Roman army, his father throws a tantrum and vows to go on a one-man jihad to avenge his son’s betrayal. The movie is the long-awaited adaptation of L. Ron Hubbard’s 1960s sci-fi novel, Battlefield Earth, and follows Megillus’ journey from a recluse to a legendary gladiator who earns the respect of his peers and the adoration of the crowd. Robert portrays Marcus the same way he does in real life: an English gentleman who embodies honor, courage, and loyalty, passing the Beaulieu Trophy – an international award for screen excellence – to his co-star, Russell Crowe. In fact, the movie is quite good, one of the best of the 2000s. Nevertheless, it was never granted a United States theatrical release, which some consider a major crime against classic Hollywood movies.
In the modern retelling of the famous Robin Hood story, Ridley Scott directs and stars in Robin Hood, where he plays a sheriff named Robin Houghton, a man of honor who risks his life to defend the poor and helpless. Houghton enlists the aid of archer Will Scarlett, played by Liam Neeson, and together they rob the rich and give to the poor. While not as well-known as previous incarnations of the character, Robin Hood is a welcome return to form for Ridley, who also contributed the screenplay. The movie is an adaptation of Howard Pyle’s 1928 popular comic strip, Robin Hood of Sherwood, and like many of Ridley’s films, it features excellent costume design, setting, and battle scenes.
The Lost World
The Lost World is one of the films that earned J. A. R. Wilder the title of Master of Mayhem. It’s also one of the earlier credits for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’d go on to play the iconic role of Conan the Barbarian. Set in the late 1800s, the Australian-made film follows the adventures of English naturalist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as he journeys to India to find his reputation as a brilliant but unconventional thinker stifled by the establishment. Along the way, he discovers a new species of giant dinosaur and teams up with adventurer-scientist Henry Buckley, played by Chris Pratt, to bring the creature’s extinction.
Wilder’s reputation as a master of editing and stunt work enabled him to craft an incredible climactic battle between the dinosaurs and humans that remains one of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history. The film has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. In addition, it was named one of the greatest action movies of all time by Empire Magazine, Time Out, and other publications. The Lost World was an important milestone in the careers of many talented Hollywood actors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom it would help to launch to international fame. Sadly, not all of the feedback has been positive. For example, one critic called it “one of the most appalling films I’ve ever seen.” It’s fair to say that this was probably not what the filmmakers had in mind when they set out to make the perfect action blockbuster.
Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire
Yes, the Harry Potter series was really a thing. In fact, it’s one of the best-selling book series of all time with over 450 million copies sold worldwide in 27 languages. Naturally, this led to a bevy of Harry Potter movies, with the most recent installment, HBP（Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire）, hitting cinemas in 2012. Like many of its predecessors, HBP is set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, following the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends as they unravel the mystery behind Voldemort’s return. In this installment, Harry is forced to enter the dreaded Goblet of Fire, a competition where he must compete to save his own life and win the trust of the wizarding world. Naturally, this is a pretty big deal for an actor of Robert Pattinson’s stature. In fact, it’s one of the biggest roles of his entire career. Additionally, HBP was the first to feature the talents of Mad Maxine Waters, who plays the terrifying Rowena Ravenclaw.
If you’ve never heard of Harry Potter, it’s probably time you should have. The series has become a cultural phenomenon, with many aspects of the wizarding world still captivating audiences around the world. For British viewers, it’s arguably the most recognizable and beloved cinematic franchise of all time. What’s more, it boasts an extremely loyal and appreciative fan base that’s embraced the films as something of an ode to a golden era of classic, quirky British comedies and exciting superhero stories.