It’s no secret that we here at Cracked always have a soft spot for Robert Pattinson. After all, he plays such a major role as a character named “Robert Pattinson”, one of the most charming, likeable, and popular men in Hollywood. We loved him so much in the Harry Potter films that we made a small wooden statue of him based on the “dangerous” looking statue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So we were greatly anticipating his new film, Dangerous, which opened today in theaters across the country. After watching the film, we wanted to sit down with Robert and have a chat about it. So we did. Here’s what he had to say.
How Did You Feel Bringing Back Robert Pattinson For A Film Reboot?
It was great to bring back Robert for a film reboot. We actually teased him about it in one of our Harry Potter stories. I think the idea of a new film was something he had been thinking about since the end of the last film. I think he was quite eager to do it and glad to have the chance. I think it’s one of the best scripts he has ever read.
Was There Anything You Were Particularly Happy With In The New Film?
There were so many things I loved about Dangerous. I think what I enjoyed most was that it was a complete departure from the first film and from the comic books which inspired it. It’s funny how you can always tell when a director changes horses in mid-stream. The first three or four films were fun and light-heartedly quirky, while this one is quite dark and scary. It’s funny how when you focus on the characters and performance more than the plot, the story stands out as being quite unique and interesting.
Did You Have Any Scenes In The New Film That You Were Particularly Proud Of?
Yes, there were several scenes in the film I was particularly proud of. One of the standout scenes is when Robert’s character, Danny, goes for a swim in the nude. This was a very brave and interesting decision to make considering that the film is a PG-13. I think it was something Danny wanted to do for a long time and finally got the chance to do in the film. It was very convincing and made the scene quite funny and charming. Another scene I really liked was when Danny sits in a room with his friends, who are all animals. He wants to hold a competition to see who can sit still the longest while acting like an animal. When one of his friends starts to laugh hysterically, he says, “What’s so funny?” To which he replies, “You’re supposed to be a tiger!”. It’s quite a brilliant line and I think it’s something that could’ve been used in a different way. Instead of being a punchline, it could’ve been the basis for a funny scene. The last scene I will mention is where Robert is seen at a restaurant with several women. He has been talking to one of the women for the entire duration of the film. It slowly becomes apparent that this is not just a one-time conversation but rather something they are planning to do together. It’s a very sweet and romantic moment that left me a bit teary-eyed. It was great to see that directorial decision pay off because it really does feel like the scene is about something more than just appearances. It was a nice touch and shows how much thought went into the details of the story. This is a very mature performance from Robert, which is quite the opposite of his usual comic book roles.
What Is The One Role You Would Love To Play But Have Never Been Confident Enough To Ask For?
There is always one role I would love to play but have never been confident enough to ask for. That role is Richard Simmons. Not only would I love to play this character but I actually think I could’ve been the real life Richard Simmons. Let me explain. I always thought that Simmons was a very cool and funny guy and would’ve loved to have hung out with him. In fact, I have a picture of Richard Simmons somewhere where I’ll probably never find it. Hopefully someone out there knows where it is. In the picture, Simmons is wearing sunglasses and a bandana resembling those which were popularized by Che Guevara. I think the reason why I’ve never played the part is because I don’t fit the physical description of the character. I’m not particularly short or stocky like Simmons usually is. Now that I’m older, I realize that I’m more of a medium build and wouldn’t fill out the costume. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m not cut out to be a Richard Simmons or if there is truly some cosmic plan at work keeping me away from this role. It’s possible that Richard Simmons could’ve sworn that he met me while I was on stage performing in a play. In my defense, I was performing Hamlet at the time and it’s a very challenging role. Most people think that it’s a very boring and generic part but I think the opposite is true. It’s one of the most interesting and challenging roles out there. It teaches you a lot about life and yourself. I’ve always wanted to experience what it feels like to perform Hamlet but somehow, circumstances kept me from doing so. Hopefully, one day, I will get the opportunity to play this role and experience what it’s like to be Richard Simmons.
How Do You Feel About The Comic Books Inspired By Your Life And Career?
I feel very blessed that the comic books I’ve worked on have been such a source of inspiration for other people. It started with American Gothic in 2015, which was the follow-up to our original The Twilight Saga. The next thing you know, people are doing their own take on the story and it’s become quite the phenomenon. It’s funny how things like that happen but it’s also a bit sad that the story of a quirky kid from England has become such a touchstone for so many. Hopefully, it doesn’t end with me. There are still a lot of stories left to tell and I’m confident that none of them will be inspired by my life. I’m just looking for stories to tell.
In What Way Do You Feel That Your Life And Career Have Evolved Since The First Film?
It’s quite hard to pinpoint how my life and career have evolved since the first film. I think it’s fair to say that I’ve grown up a little bit since then. I’ve been through a lot of changes and gone through a lot of transitions. It’s hard to say whether or not these are positive changes. Looking back, I realize that a lot of my decisions haven’t turned out well considering the life I’ve led so far but I don’t regret any of it. I wouldn’t have changed any of it. It’s amazing how much we learn from our mistakes. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson and will be wiser for the next phase of my life. I think when people write my biography, they will have a lot to say about my early years considering all the mistakes made. Hopefully, I can look back on that with a bit of humor. I think it’s important to remember the lighterhearted moments in your life. Even when things seem hopeless, there is always hope. We just have to keep believing in the best outcome and not give up.
How Do You Feel About Hollywood And The Impact That It Has Had On Your Life?
Hollywood has always been a place I’ve wanted to be part of since I was a little kid. My parents encouraged this interest and it was quite the honor to be attending Hollywood Baptist Church as a kid. It wasn’t just a church, it was also a semi-private high school. One of my favorite movies is American Graffiti. It was released in 1973 and is about a group of young men living life in the ’70s. One of the characters, Boomer, is quite a bit like me. I remember staring at the screen in disbelief as these young men drove around in classic American cars, painted their lips, and listened to rock and roll music. It was such a radical idea that people were doing these things back then and it felt so good to be a part of this. It made me realize that I wanted to be a part of this world, even if just for a little while. There are still so many things I want to see in this world. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.