It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Robert Pattinson. Sure, he’s made an occasional appearance on our social media feeds, but we haven’t heard a word about his next project since he was last seen on the big screen. In fact, his last film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, was released in November 2019 and since then, we haven’t heard a peep out of him. So what’s going on? Is Pattinson taking a break from acting to focus on his music career? Did he retire from acting all together? Maybe he just got busy with his day-to-day life and didn’t have the time to social media his whereabouts?
While we await news on Pattinson’s next project, we decided to take a look back at his previous work to try and figure out what’s next for the Twilight star. Turns out, there’s a lot more to Pattinson’s acting career than we knew. In fact, he’s been acting for more than a decade, appearing in supporting roles in films like London Fields and Inception. So what exactly is Pattinson’s acting background and how does he fit into the X-Men franchise? Let’s take a look.
An Actor’s Actor
Pattinson was born and raised in London, England, the son of actress Vanessa and TV executive John Pattinson, and has been acting ever since. Of course, his breakout role came alongside Taylor Lautner in the Twilight franchise. Since then, he’s appeared in supporting roles in Blockbuster films like X-Men: First Class and Deadpool 2 and television shows like Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale. Most recently, he appeared as the villain in the Spiderman sequel, with Tom Holland. We could go on and on about Pattinson’s acting career, but you get the point: he’s been in quite a bit of work over the years.
A Golden Lion To Celebrate
While many may know Pattinson as the actor who portrayed Lucas North in the Twilight franchise, he’s also been a Golden Lion recipient, having won the award at the 65th Berlin Film Festival for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of King George in the film, The King’s Speech. The award comes with a Golden Lion statuette and a cash prize of €25,000 ($27,500).
According to a press release from the Berlin Film Festival, the award “recognizes a performer who has made an outstanding contribution to world cinema. In selecting Mr. Pattinson for the coveted award, the jury deemed his performance in The King’s Speech to be breathtaking. In it, he portrays King George VI, the British monarch who was diagnosed with tuberculosis at an early age and had to withdraw from public life. The film follows the young king as he struggles to assert his authority while navigating the complex social dynamics of the royal court.”
An Enormous Variety Of Roles
Although he has been typecast as the romantic lead in many of his films, over the years, Pattinson has proven himself to be an incredibly versatile actor, appearing in supporting roles in some of the biggest films of all time.
Here’s a partial list of roles:
- The Twilight Saga (The Twilight, Eclipse, and New Moon) – Taylor Lautner
- Sex and the City 2 – Steve Carell
- The Hunger Games – Gary Ross
- The Dark Knight – Kyle McLachlan
- Deadpool – Ryan Reynolds
- The Wolverine – Jackman
- X-Men: First Class – Miles Teller
- X-Men: Apocalypse – Oscar Isaac
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Scott Mechlowicz
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Taron Egerton
- Life Overtime – Donald Sutherland
- Annabelle: Creation – Daniel Germi
- Black Book – Maxence Larouche
- Dumplin’: The Movie – Joe Albertson
- Kurt & Jessie – Kurt Russel
In fact, as you can see from the list, he’s played a wide variety of characters over the years, including some pretty cool animals!
Now that you know a little bit about Pattinson’s acting career, it’s time to figure out what’s next for the Twilight star. Is he done doing lead roles? Or is he taking a career break? Or maybe he’s just focusing on his music career and isn’t interested in acting anymore?