No one can truly say for certain just how big of a star his or her favorite actor will eventually become. However, if we had to place an estimate on it, let’s say that it would be somewhere between that of Michael Douglas and Kevin Costner – both of whom had humble beginnings before becoming major Hollywood players.
If you’ve ever seen the actor Robert Pattinson (better known to fans as RPattz), you’ll recognize that he’s capable of portraying a character that could become famous – perhaps even more famous than himself. After all, Hollywood is a place were legends are born, and it’s quite possible that an entire filmography could be filled with great characters that he helped create. And with every new movie that he stars in, the possibility for more fame and fortune exists. However, he still hasn’t reached the peak of his career, and until he does, he’ll likely remain a fairly obscure figure in Hollywood.
Now, however, he’s reached that elusive point in his career where his filmography has become somewhat recognizable. Following the recent success of his last movie The Lost City, the actor is back and ready to take on another role. This time, instead of playing a charming yet dangerous fellow, he’ll be donning the halo of a more traditional Hollywood king, which is precisely why we’ve chosen to dub him “King” Robert Pattinson.
“King” Robert Pattinson is the story of Richard III, who became King of England in the summer of 1483. It also stars Emily Browning and Olivia Colman. You can read the complete review of this new movie here, or watch the trailer below.
This movie marks the beginning of a new era for the actor. Gone are the days where he can play a character that audiences know nothing about. Now he’s taking on a historical figure whose life and career shaped the modern world. And though it’s a part of his job to research and understand the character he’s playing, we’re certain that he’ll be putting in the necessary effort to embody this legendary monarch. We’re also fairly certain that this will be yet another important step towards elevating his profile in Hollywood. Even those who aren’t overly familiar with Richard III or English history will find this character fascinating, as he’s been referred to as “the most notorious coward in English history” and “a murderer, a slave-trader, and a pedophile”.
Why Richard III?
When we think about great historical figures whose life stories have had a lasting impact on the world, we usually think about people who were active during their time. That’s not necessarily the case with Richard III. In fact, he was buried in a pauper’s grave for centuries until researchers worked to have him recognized for his many contributions to society. Even then, it wasn’t until the 18th century that his contribution to English culture and history started being brought to light again.
During his time, Richard III was a controversial figure. He was never content with just one wife, having seven or eight of them (depending on who’s counting) before he died at the age of 55. He fathered an illegitimate child, who later became notorious for poisoning three of his wives. He was also known to hire assassins to do his bidding, whether it was to kill his enemies or others who got in his way. To top it all off, he was not loyal to anyone but himself, often switching sides whenever he saw fit, or when it benefited him financially. So…not exactly the kind of guy you want to mess with!
There’s also the matter of his appearance. Just looking at a portrait of the king can leave anyone feeling intimidated – or even frightened. Think about it. There are lots of stories where prominent figures are attacked by wild animals or other men. But, for some reason, Richard III is the one monster that Hollywood actors are still afraid of portraying on screen. We dare you to watch King and not be reminded of that iconic scene in Alien, where the creature makes its grand entrance and Richard’s character screams in terror.
Despite all of this, Richard III really was an important figure in English history. He may have been born into a lower class, but he rose through the ranks to become King of England. During his reign, he was instrumental in uniting the various countries that made up medieval England into one single kingdom, and he also introduced parliament and modern government to the country. He was also one of the first kings to use a printed English language, which was widely circulated during his time and helped elevate literacy rates in the country. So, if you’re looking for a character whose story you’ll remember, Richard III is a good choice. Even those who know nothing about him will have fond memories of the British monarch, as he’s been referred to as “King Dick” or “The Lancastrian”, which is named after his family, the Lascelles, who were loyal to his predecessor, Edward IV. When he died in 1483, his grandson, Henry VII, succeeded him as king.
What Does King Robert Have In Common With Richard III?
There are a couple of things that King Robert and Richard III have in common. First of all, both men were born in the year of the Lady Anne, which was the year 1374 in the case of King Richard and the year 1377 in the case of Robert. They also both spent some of their early years in France, which was then under the rule of Edward III. (We’re guessing that’s where they picked up that accent, since neither of them are particularly known for their vocal cords.)
Another interesting point of comparison is that Richard III was supposedly insane, which is probably why he’s the mascot for any organization that focuses on mental health issues. He was also known to enjoy dressing up in women’s clothes, though this is something that King Robert has yet to be accused of.
There’s also the matter of their height. Richard III was said to be almost six feet tall, while King Robert is listed as being almost six feet and one inch tall. This makes them among the smaller kings of England, though Henry VII was about a quarter of an inch shorter than his successor, Henry VIII, when he was crowned.
Who’s In The Throne Room, And Why Does It Look Different?
Let’s take a quick look at another difference between these two legendary figures. Richard III’s reign only lasted for seven years, leaving a major void in English history for almost 100 years. During this time, the throne was held by the kings of Scotland and Poland, as well as Henry VI and Edward, Richard’s son. So, for the first few years of his reign, King Robert didn’t really have anyone in the throne room waiting to pay homage to him.
However, after seven years on the throne, Richard III decided that it was time for him to have a throne room of his own. This is where he held court, receiving visitors from all over Europe, as well as kings, queens, and other high-profile figures. One of the first things that he did after he finally got around to decorating his throne room was to put a chair in it, intending to sit in it himself whenever he had visitors. Legend has it that he also had a large portrait of himself in a chair painted, which he would sit in and pose for visitors. (We think that’s why the room is decorated the way it is. To show off the king in all his regal glory.)
While King Richard III was alive, he and his wife, Elizabeth, had a private chapel built at their palace in Leicester. The room is still there today, and it’s where they were laid to rest when he died in 1485. They were survived by two sons and a daughter, Mary, who was born posthumously in 1483.