While the rest of the world waits patiently (and somewhat worryingly) for the latest installment in the Twilight franchise, we here at AttacatLove have a new obsession: the hunky Scottish actor Robert Pattinson. After an amazing turn as vampire Edward Cullen in the blockbuster series, the actor has since shacked up with his hot Italian wife and is looking to settle down. While we wait patiently for a new film project from our favorite hunky vampire, we decided to look back at some of the best moments from his incredible movie career and share with you, our amazing readers, the reasons why we believe he’s the best – and most sexy – actor of our time. So sit back, relax, and get ready to swoon.

He’s Made An Impact On Film History

For starters, let’s take a look back at some of the films that made him famous and establish some kind of context for his work.

In 1999, Robert Pattinson made his debut in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, replacing popular French actor and singer Celine Dione (who would later go on to play the role of Fantine in the movie adaptation of the novel). The movie, which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, featured a stellar ensemble cast, including Jeremy Irons and Hugh Jackman as the despicable prison governor and prisoner enforcer, Bishop Martin, respectively. The film also marked the on-screen debuts of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, who would each go on to have prominent and award-winning careers.

The following year, he appeared in the popular movie comedy Meet Ricky Martin, which starred his then-wife Gwyneth Paltrow. The couple worked together on the set of this movie, and it was during this time that they became good friends and confidants. While it’s unclear whether they still remain friends today, it’s interesting to note that they haven’t worked together since. In fact, the last movie they both appeared in was 2008’s The Dark Knight, which was released a few months before Robert gave birth to their son, Otway. Their work schedules probably didn’t allow for them to work together after all.

Since then, the actor has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed and award-winning films, often portraying rebellious anti-heroes or angst-ridden youth. These days, he’s mostly been portraying anti-heroes or angst-ridden youth, which is a stark contrast to the popular Twilight series, in which he plays a vampire. You’ll likely agree that it’s an amazing transformation, all because of his work ethic and dedication to his craft.

He’s Made An Impression On Fashion

Another way in which Robert has transformed over the years is in terms of how he dresses. One of the first prominent fashion articles we noticed when researching this article was a Gwyneth Paltrow profile from the New York Times. In it, she noted that Robert’s style icon is Kate Moss, daughter of famous fashion designer Carol. According to Paltrow, “Kate is the first person he dresses when he wakes up, and the last person he wears at night. And it’s the same with his underwear and socks. If you see him in a coffee shop, he will already be wearing the same outfit as when he left the house that morning. It’s all about being comfortable and looking as cool as possible.”

One of our favorite fashion moments from one of his early movies (in which he plays a vampire named Eric Northman, the manipulative owner of a gentlemen’s club in the 1900s) is when he goes into a fit of rage and destroys Paris in a whirlwind of destruction. Dressed in a beautifully-tailored suit and wielding a deadly candelabra, Mr. Pattinson looks like a cross between the Marquis de Sade and the Joker. Needless to say, we’ve never been more inspired to visit Paris…

He’s Made An Impression On Theater

Although he mostly shies away from the limelight, we can’t talk about Robert without mentioning his extensive work in theater. Besides appearing in several Broadway theaters and winning a Tony Award for his role in the 2004 musical comedy Venus in Fur, he’s also made an indelible mark on screen with his theatrical performances. From 1996’s Shine to 2007’s Edwart Scared Stiff, in which he played a fictionalized version of himself, Robert has displayed an uncanny knack for inhabiting a character and bringing his entire self to the role. It’s this ability to transform himself into a completely different person that makes him such an intriguing, complex and engaging actor. Whether playing the lovesick young man in the Shakespearean tragedy Much Ado About Nothing or the calculating seductress in Crime and Punishment, he’s always able to captivate and inspire us with his acting.

Shakespeare said it best when he wrote; “The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath.” While his films may not be Shakespearean, his ability to create cinematic characters that capture our hearts and stir our passions makes him a unique and valuable addition to any theater collection.

He’s Made An Impression On Music

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of Robert’s life is how he’s made an impression on music. Aside from acting, he’s also a classically-trained musician who plays the piano, flute and occasionally the violin. He’s even performed on stage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. We can’t talk about his impressive filmography without also mentioning 2007’s The Golden Globe winner 7 Doors Hotel, which marked his English-speaking debut. It’s an incredible accomplishment for a first-time actor to be featured in a major motion picture almost entirely in English. It also marks a significant milestone for Britain, whose film industry has been declining for decades. We can only hope that this is but a taste of the excellent work that Mr. Pattinson is capable of and that we will soon be seeing lots more of him on the big screen.

He’s Made An Impression On Sex

If you thought the above paragraph was slightly NSFW (not safe for work) then you’re right. Although he mostly shies away from the spotlight, Robert has created a massive fan base due to the sensitive and occasionally downright erotic way in which he portrays his characters. Be it his portrayal of the sadistic vampire Eric Northman in the 2000 movie Twilight or his devastating performance as a transgender woman in 2011’s The Dreamers, his performances are always intensely personal and revealing – much like the characters he plays. It’s this combination of sensibility and skill that makes him such an intriguing and valuable addition to any film or theatre collection. We would be remiss not to mention the way he seduced his co-star and eventual wife Kate Winslet on camera in 2010’s Tilly & the Wall. While you might not believe that a love scene could be erotic, Robert completely transforms the typical action movie trope into something unique and incredibly passionate. Whether he’s literally tearing off his shirt to reveal his heart or using his hands and toes to demonstrate just how good an athlete he is, the camera definitely belongs to him in this scene.

He’s Made An Impression On Art

Last but certainly not least, we have art. In 2010, news broke that artist Jean-Michel Basquiat had been killed – a fact that was later proven to be a hoax. A year later, we were treated to another of Jean-Michel’s infamous parties. While those who knew him say that his parties were as much about socializing as they were about art, those who attended say that it was an incredible display of his work. The artist’s familiar face now adorns the walls of galleries and museums around the world, an honor that he undoubtedly feels proud to have brought to his dedicated followers.

Whether he made a conscious effort to incorporate his interests into his work or whether it was innate talent that allowed him to connect with his fans on such a deep level, we can’t help but feel that Robert has made an impression on this world just by being himself. If you love an actor that makes an impression on multiple fronts then Robert Pattinson is your man. While we’re eagerly awaiting his next project (which we’re sure will be an incredible piece of work), we’ll always have his incredible acting, fashion and music to remind us of his incredible talent.