I know what you’re thinking. You’ve seen the movie “Twilight” and you’re wondering, “Who the heck is Robert Pattinson?” Well, let me enlighten you. Pattinson is a British actor, musician, and filmmaker who rose to fame because of his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies. If you’ve never heard of him or his music, that’s probably because he hasn’t done any mainstream acting since 2012. However, over the last year, he’s slowly started to creep back into the limelight, appearing in a handful of feature films and earning two Grammy nominations for music he produced. In this article, we’ll explore the evolution of Robert Pattinson from his Twilight days to his current gigs.
From Twilight to Pattinson
Pattinson got his start in 2011 with a small role in the movie “Hotel Transylvania.” Two years later, he starred alongside Zac Efron in the comedy “The Ride.” Although neither of those movies were especially successful, they did establish Pattinson as a comedic actor who has a way with words. In fact, he frequently steals the show in these small, supporting roles. For example, in “Hotel Transylvania,” he plays the role of Dr. Mungowitz, a fictionalized version of Sigmund Freud. In the scene where he’s trying to get information out of Peter Griffin (Zac Efron), he improvises comedy dialogue that’s so good, it earned him a 2012 Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy or musical.
Pattinson’s breakout role came in 2012, when he was chosen to portray a werewolf in the movie “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” The role was initially offered to Tom Hardy, but he turned it down. “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” ended up being the highest-grossing film of the series, and today, it’s considered one of the greatest horror comedies of all time. Following “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” Pattinson had several smaller roles in movies like “This Must Be the Place” and “The Great Gatsby.” In the latter movie, he shows up as a chauffeur and bodyguard for his famous uncle, Logan Marshall (Jay-Z).
Back To The Future
In 2015, Pattinson released his first full-length album, entitled “Umbrella.” The album was entirely written and produced by him, and it’s a mixture of songs and spoken-word poems. “Umbrella” is frequently compared to the work of Kurt Cobain, and it has a similarly raw, raw, unpolished sound. After the album’s release, he toured the UK, playing several small clubs and festivals as well as larger venues like the London Palladium and Brighton Dome. He also played a secret show at an undisclosed location somewhere in England.
In 2016, Pattinson finally came back with a bang, playing Jim Morrison in the movie “The Doors.” The film is based on the real-life story of the legendary rock band. Not only does it have a well-deserved place in history, but it was also the highest-grossing documentary of all time until it was surpassed by “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The next year, Pattinson co-starred in the movie “The Lost City of Z.” It’s a fictional adaptation of the non-fiction book of the same name by Shane Salerno. The actor portrayed an English explorer who attempts to find the fabled city of Z, which was the inspiration for the novel. He also collaborated with his “Twilight” director, Bill Condon, on the screenplay for the 2016 movie “Gods of Egypt.”
The Twilight Effect
Since its premiere in 2012, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” has become one of the biggest movies of all time, with over 1.7 billion views on YouTube as of this writing. The movie is famous for its extremely devoted following, and it’s even helped to spawn an entire subculture, referred to by some as “Twihards.” Many of those viewers are now wanting to see more from Pattinson than just his comedic acting chops. So, in the years since the premiere of “Twilight,” he’s slowly started to emerge from his brief “Twilight” slumber. In 2018, he appeared in two movies: “The Ledge” and “Paddington 2.” In the former, he plays a disgraced ex-cop who tries to clear his name after a kidnapping. In the latter, he plays the grandfather of a young child who has adventures around London involving lots of tea and crumpets. He also did an extensive amount of press for the latter, including interviews with popular British publications like The Mirror and The Guardian. As for his music, he’s released two more albums, “Songs for Paparazzi” and “The Days, The Nights.” The latter album is a collection of covers of songs by the Beatles.
Pattinson has also worked behind the scenes, serving as an executive producer on several projects. These days, he seems to be popping up in everything from commercials to YouTube videos featuring interviews with famous people. As you might expect, his unique brand of humor and storytelling have made him a valuable commodity to advertisers. In fact, he’s so in demand, there are currently over 100 offers on the table for him to appear in commercials and make other videos for brands like HP, Subway, and Miele. When asked by Rolling Stone whether or not he would consider more mainstream acting in the future, he responded, “I would love to work on bigger projects, but first I’ll just have to say ‘no thank you’ to all the agents and managers who continue to call me with offers … It’s been an incredible journey getting to this point and I’m very grateful to all my fans for following me on this path.”
So, there you have it. Now, you know everything you need to know about Robert Pattinson, including his music, movies, and even rumored personal life. For much more, be sure to check out our hub page, where we’ll keep you up to date on all things Pattinson. If you’ve been thinking about exploring the world of entertainment, this is the guy you’ve been waiting for.