In the wake of the release of his latest directorial venture, “Ride Like a Horse,” Robert Pattinson spent some time this week on set with his co-star, Julian Moore, discussing their latest film and their latest projects. The interview, which you can read in full below, was conducted by U.K. newspaper The Independent and can be found in the latest issue (dated September 25th, 2019) of the paper. In the interview, Pattinson opens up about a number of topics, including his upcoming film with Moore, adapting William Gibson’s science-fiction novel “The Perihelion Prophecy” and his thoughts on the legacy of Heath Ledger, with whom he starred in the hit 2010 movie, “The Wizard of Oz.”
On the Upcoming Film With Julian Moore
The pair previously worked together on 2015’s “Mermaid,” a period drama set in 17th century London which also featured Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Hanks. The film was met with positive reviews, earning a 71% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This summer, they’ll be back onscreen, teaming up for the thriller, “Sightseers,” a film about a married couple named Annie and Arthur who visit their daughter, played by Moore, in New York City (with the aid of a driver/bodyguard played by Pattinson). The film marks Pattinson’s directorial debut and he also co-wrote the script with Ben Winch. The movie is set to hit theaters in early 2021.
While “Mermaid” was mostly set in London, Pattinson, like many other Hollywood stars, spends a lot of his time on tour in the United Kingdom. So, when he was asked about the possibility of filming a sequel to “Mermaid,” Pattinson replied, “I think it’s very unlikely because I don’t think there’s any demand for it. I think what we’ll probably end up doing is doing ‘Sightseers’ again, because it’s really funny and we have a good time with it. But I doubt there will be any other ‘Mermaid’s.’”
On Reuniting With Moore After Four Years
In the wake of the release of “Mermaid,” Pattinson took time off to focus on his health, which he attributed to excessive drinking. During that time, he said, “I didn’t really want to do anything. So, when the script for ‘Sightseers’ came around, I was like, ‘Oh, my God! This is fantastic!’ I was really, really happy to get back into something.”
The script for “Sightseers” was originally based on a story called “The Sightseers,” written by William Gibson back in 1986. Gibson is one of the most influential science-fiction and cyberpunk writers of all time and has written and/or adapted a number of novels and stories into films, including the upcoming “Perihelion,” starring Pattinson and Moore. “Sightseers” is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2020 and while it’s been four years since the last installment, “Mermaid,” the wait for Gibson’s latest was reportedly worth it.
On The Legacy Of Heath Ledger
The late Heath Ledger was best known for his role as the Joker in the 2009 film “The Wizard of Oz.” In the wake of Ledger’s death in January 2016, Pattinson wrote a moving tribute to the actor and filmmaker on Instagram. “Heath…you will always be my brother, and I love you so much,” he said at the time. “You are a magnificent artist and a wonderful, kind soul. I will miss you terribly…Your spirit will live on through me, and I will keep striving to be more like you.”
While many other actors, directors, and writers have paid homage to Ledger’s unique artistic style, Pattinson has stuck with a more traditional approach, wearing black and wearing his hair slicked back, as opposed to the Joker’s bushy eyebrows, tattoos, and afro.
Aside from “Sightseers,” which opens in theaters soon, Pattinson can be seen next in the upcoming comedy “The King,” co-starring Michael Sheen. Also, he has a small role in the upcoming “The Farewell.” In 2020, he’ll co-star in the sci-fi actioner, “The Transformed,” alongside Jenny Slate and James McAvoy and will appear in the comedy, “The House With a Clock in It.”
Pattinson is represented by UTA and Authentic and, in the future, would like to try his hand at directing music videos. While not on camera, he’s very involved in the creative process behind his band, the Robert Pattinson Group, which he formed in 2010 with his wife, actress Emily Brown. The two were married in Punta De Mita, Mexico, in June 2018.
When asked about the possibility of a third installment in the “Mermaid” series, Pattinson replied, “I don’t know…I think we would need to find a way to make it happen, but I don’t know if I would want it to be any more than two parts. It was a lot of work!”