For the last two years, we’ve been bombarded with images of Robert Pattinson’s biceps and abs. The British actor has kept us sedated with his portrayal of the Dark Knight in the “Twilight” movies, but his real-life workout regimen is what’s kept us interested in his career.
After filming the latest installment of “Twilight,” which was released in December, the actor released a statement announcing that he was taking a break from acting. Although he didn’t elaborate on what he planned to do next, many fans speculated that he was entering a phase of his career where he would focus on enhancing his physique. When he did show up for work, cameras were there to capture every muscle group: his arms, his chest, and even his legs.
Here, we’ll explore what it’s like to bulk up for Batman, and how Robert Pattinson has changed since his “Twilight” days.
The Difference Between ‘Twilight’ And ‘Battling Beetlemania’
For readers who haven’t been following Robert Pattinson’s career closely, it’s important to remember that he’s not just “that guy from ‘Twilight.’” The actor broke out of the “Twilight” bubble with his acclaimed performance in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive.” After that, he landed a role in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” which reunited him with his “Twilight” co-star, Eva Green. He also appeared in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, where he played the role of a muscle-bound maniac named Groot.
While most of us were distracted by the “Twilight’” franchise, Robert Pattinson was busy working on other projects. He took on the challenging role of Sherlock Holmes in Rupert Wyatt’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” and he starred in the independent film, “Beetlemania,” which dealt with themes of nature versus nurture. The actor was even more unrecognizable in Richard Loncraine’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” where he played the title character, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., which stands for “United Nations Counter-Logic Investigative League,” a spy organization in the vein of the James Bond series.
The Dazzling Display Of Muscles
When “Twilight” first came out, audiences were captivated by the British actor’s dazzling display of muscles. Many described his character, Edward Cullen, as a “walking meat locker.” While his body has certainly changed since then, he has retained all of the charm that made him so memorable in the first place. Even the most diehard “Twilight” fans have to admit that Robert Pattinson is easily one of the most attractive men in Hollywood. It’s not just about his physique, either. The actor has a face that’s both boyish and charming, and he wears his thick, dark hair in a messy, tousled way that makes him look like a young, hipster Thomas Hardy.
Even now, whenever the actor comes into view, it’s hard not to look at him and want to smile. Whether he’s breaking a sweat onscreen or just kicking back at home with a beer, Robert Pattinson makes you feel like you want to be around him. It’s probably why his Instagram account often features him alongside Hollywood’s A-list stars: because he knows how to work the camera and make his followers feel like they’re a part of his glamorous world.
Taking Care Of Your Muscles
One of the reasons why “Twilight” was so successful is that the movie effectively glamorized bodybuilding. Prior to the film’s release, many people in the United Kingdom were unfamiliar with the concept of going to the gym and working out. Even now, many people in the country don’t regularly partake in sports, so it was a breath of fresh air for so many to see someone depicted in a movie as being so fit. Seeing fit men and women working out in the movies is becoming less and less common, and it’s made a significant difference in terms of opening up the conversation about getting into shape.
It would also appear that Robert Pattinson is aware this is an important issue for women, as well. In a 2018 interview with Entertainment Tonight, the British actor said:
“I think for women, it’s really funny because it’s the complete opposite. It’s more like, ‘Oh my God, how much can I eat?’ Like, it’s not about being thin, it’s about being able to eat whatever you want and not worry about your weight, you know what I mean?”
Even if you’re not concerned about your weight, it’s important to remember that muscles aren’t built overnight. They require consistent work to reach their full potential, and that means joining a gym and putting in the time and effort each and every day.
It’s also important to remember that just because you have more muscles than you know what to do with doesn’t mean you have to stay sedentary. There are plenty of ways for you to get active and work out without having to head to the gym. You can join a gym, you can buy exercise equipment, or you can even walk or run more frequently. Whatever it may be, there are always options out there so that you can stay physically fit.
The Importance Of Having Fun
Along with staying fit, one of the things that has helped Robert Pattinson’s career endure is the fact that he often plays light-hearted characters. While he’s had his share of dramatic roles in the past, it seems like he’s trying to find the humor in life these days. Even in seemingly serious roles, he manages to inject some lightheartedness into the proceedings. This is most evident in his work with Jim Jarmusch, where he plays a series of charming rogues, like John Wesley Harding, the charismatic leader of a crime organization in Jarmusch’s “Dead Man,” or the quick-witted Alfred, who lives in fear of his life and constantly seeks advice from his trusted friend, Sherlock Holmes (played by Robert Pattinson).
In a 2018 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Jarmusch said:
“Robert’s one of my favorite actors. He’s such a pleasure to work with, and always makes me laugh. Even when we’re filming serious scenes, we always have a laugh. It doesn’t hurt that he’s such a handsome guy either.”
Even in his darkest character, John Wesley Harding, which was inspired by the 20’s gangster, John Dillinger, Jarmusch gave Robert Pattinson plenty to laugh about. In the movie, John Wick’s hobby is collecting vintage cars. The group of cars that John gathers together is quite an eclectic mix of models, from a Ford Model T to an old Rolls Royce. One of the vehicles in the collection, however, stands out: an elaborate Hotchkiss Model 11, a sports car which was first produced in the early 20’s and named after its designer, Georges Hotchkiss. It’s a beautiful piece of machinery, and it’s one of the reasons why John likes to drive it around town: because it represents the American dream of being able to own a luxury vehicle in days gone by, especially since Hotchkiss was a French designer who settled in America.
The eclectic mix of vintage cars in “Dead Man” makes it an interesting comparison to Richard Loncraine’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” where Robert Pattinson plays a former KGB agent who becomes an agent of a mysterious organization known only as the “Man.” The movie also stars Michael Nyqvist and Richard Simmons, and follows a plot line that sees the main character, Ned Fleming, battle Beetlemania, a disease which makes its victims crave human flesh. The role saw Pattinson walk around with a massive prosthetic leg as a result of his character being bitten by a giant beetle in the first scene. The leg gave him a surprising amount of mobility as he climbed walls and scurried across the screen, which is a lot of fun to watch.
The Many Strengths Of Robert Pattinson
While many people look at Robert Pattinson and see just his incredible muscularity, there’s more to him than just that. The British actor is a skilled musician and a phenomenal songwriter. He’s also become an accomplished photographer, and he uses his talents to promote issues which are important to him. In 2014, he released a photo album to raise money for the fight against Ebola, which caused him to be dubbed “the good samaritan of Ebola.”