Robert Pattinson is an English actor and musician. He rose to fame through his collaborations and starring roles in the Twilight films. Since then, he has appeared in various Hollywood productions, most recently in Logan, Out of Sight, and House of Gucci.
Despite his enviable popularity, the 35-year-old still considers himself a “normal kid.” In a recent interview with Esquire, Pattinson spoke about his passion for horror films, skateboarding, and why he wants to change the world through fashion.
Why Is Robert Pattinson Obsessed With Horror Films?
When asked about his favorite movie, Pattinson replied without hesitation: “Jumanji. I love that movie. I think that Jordan (for the screenplay) definitely deserves an Oscar. Those four kids really blew me away.”
Many will undoubtedly consider Jumanji one of the greatest films of all time. Based on the 1975 novel of the same name by Arthur A. Knight, the movie follows four adolescents who find themselves trapped inside the game-changing app. Once they enter the world of Jumanji, they’re under the control of a mysterious entity who tasks them with using their gadgets and cell phones to escape from the jungle.
The novel and the movie were both a huge success and established author Knight as a household name. What’s more, they also established a new precedent for successful adaptations. Since then, numerous books and films have been based on Knight’s work and have continued the tradition of storytelling through technology.
Knight’s writing is known for its innovative use of language and unique metaphors. The author once called computer programming “writing in C.” In modern times, the complexity of storytelling has risen due to technology; however, his approach to writing has not changed. In an interview with The Verge, Knight stated: “It’s sort of like a video game for adults. It’s challenging, it’s clever and it’s fun. That’s what excites me about it.”
Is Fashion The Key To Changing The World?
While speaking with Esquire, Pattinson also shed some light on his interest in humanitarian issues and the importance of brands taking a stand in support of social causes. When asked to elaborate, he simply stated: “I like to buy clothes that I think are cool and that make a statement. I always try to support a company that’s doing cool things.”
It seems that Pattinson is keen to prove that his favorite hobby is more than just a hobby. As he told Elle: “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a lot of my favorite films are about teenagers who find themselves in situations where they have to grow up quickly.”
The English actor and musician has frequently cited the 2010 Disney animated classic Wall-E as a significant milestone in his life. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pattinson said: “That movie changed my life. It made me realize that if you’re passionate about something, you can make a difference. I wanted to find a way to inspire other people with my story.”
While it might not seem obvious, Wall-E was an important step towards Pattinson’s eventual acting career. The movie marked Disney’s transition from traditional 2D films to using computer-generated imagery, which served as a training ground for the actor. In fact, many have speculated that Wall-E was Disney’s attempt at creating their own Zemeckis (director of Back to the Future and Good Will Hunting) or Spielberg (the Jaws and Bridge Over Brooks families).
When Wall-E was first released, some audiences accused the studio of spoiling kids with too many sugar highs. However, Wall-E’s unique storyline and dark humor would go on to become a major hit with adults as well. In an era when superhero films were Comic Book comma nosuperhero films were the norm, Wall-E introduced audiences to a New Way of thinking: that of a Sentient being who befriends an inanimate object and tries to improve the world through simple acts of kindness.
Is Skateboarding Still A Personal Hobby?
Pattinson’s other hobby is skateboarding, a form of snowboarding that involves gliding down a hill on a board. (You might know it better as roller skating.) In a 2012 interview with Vogue, the actor said: “I love being on a skateboard; it’s such an adrenaline rush. If I had to choose one of [the Twilight movies] to be attached to, it’d be the one with the skateboard scene in it. That’s when it became a real film.”
Pattinson is certainly not alone in his love for skateboarding. The sports-entertainment industry is currently experiencing an epidemic of interest as more people than ever want to try it. There are millions of YouTube videos featuring skateboarders in action, such as Tommy Hart and Ash Baker. There are even entire websites dedicated to tracking the trends and tricks of the sport, like Vogue’s The Vogue Skateboard Guide.
Interestingly, while speaking with Vogue, Pattinson also admitted to being a bit of a copycat when it comes to skateboarding. He said: “I’ll try anything once. When I was younger, I definitely looked up to people like Tony Hawk and Eric Shepherd and tried to emulate what they were doing. Now that I’ve got a bit more experience, it’s all about finding my own style.”
Why Is Fashion Gucci’s Key To Changing The World?
Fashion is the key to changing the world, according to Gucci. The luxury brand recently launched a new product line, G-Series, named after their founder, Marco Polo. In a press release, the company stated: “The new G-Series collection marks a decisive shift in our strategy to put an increasingly strong focus on creativity, innovation and social responsibility.”
The luxury fashion house has decided to support Hollywood Actors Against Hunger, an organization that raises awareness about the hardships that millions of people face every day when it comes to food insecurity. The group’s founder, Chiwetel Ejemiawo, celebrated the announcement, calling Gucci’s support an important milestone for Hollywood families.”
This is not the first notable collaboration between Gucci and Hollywood. The luxury brand has worked with various Hollywood talents, including Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Charlize Theron, over the years. The designers have also collaborated with directors such as Gigi Chiriches, Nirvana (for Logan Denyewhich won the Academy Award for Best Original Song), and Marco Polo in the making of G-Series.
The designers’ interest in fashion and social justice goes back several generations. Gucci spoke with Vogue about their long history of supporting marginalized groups: “We want to create a sense of belonging. We are deeply committed to supporting the less fortunate in society.”
Who Is Jordan and Why Are They Famous?
Jordan is the pseudonym of English playwright and screenwriter Jordan Catsey. He’s best known for co-writing the screenplay for Jumanji with Robin Schneider. He has also written for several prominent television shows, including Being Mary Jane and The Ladies Man Thing.