The main attraction at Cannes film festival this year was definitely not a movie but rather the promotional event that was the red-carpet premiere of the new film by director, Robert Pattinson. The British actor, singer, and film producer wowed audiences with a short but sweet performance that aired on French national TV. The premiere of his film, Bel Ami, was also one of the highlights of this year’s edition of the film festival.
The 37-year-old actor is best known for his leading role in the epic fantasy Twilight series. He plays Edward Cullen, the handsome and mysterious elder son of a wealthy American industrialist. For five years, millions of fans have been following his love triangles, romance plots, and adventures in self-denial as Edward faces daily life as a vampire. The franchise has been a box office hit and won numerous awards, including the prestigious Golden Globe for Best Actor.
But before his big-money break in Hollywood, Pattinson was a struggling actor who initially earned a living performing in musicals and comedies. He dropped out of university to follow his dreams and landed his first film role in the 2004 British comedy Biology Of Desire, which earned him a place in Guinness World Records as the actor who has been in the most films that didn’t make the Guinness World Records 2015 Edition.
The Most Films
There are actually two categories for this record: acting and film. An acting record is defined as “a performance in a leading role in a feature film.” The criteria for this category is quite simple: to be eligible, an actor must have starred in a feature film and that film must have been released in theatres (not straight to DVD or television).
Pattinson fell just short of breaking this record. The British actor has actually appeared in more than 25 movies and TV shows since he first graced the big screen in 2006’s Saving Mr. Banks, thanks to a busy schedule that includes two Twilight sequels as well as David Lynch’s critically acclaimed TV show Beverly Hills 90210: The Final Season. Thanks to a successful audition process, Pattinson was able to play the titular character, a role that eventually earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Although he didn’t win the award, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
To put this into perspective, consider the following. The year 2014 was a record-breaking one for film. Across the world, distributors shipped a record-breaking number of movies to movie theatres. The final figure for 2013 was a staggering 12.7 million films worldwide; in 2014, that figure rose to 15.4 million. It’s safe to assume that many people attended the movies this year just to see what all the fuss was about and to catch a glimpse of Pattinson.
There’s no doubt that Bel Ami would have been a big hit at the box office this year, assuming it was released in theatres. The film follows the handsome and mysterious protagonist, played by Pattinson, as he travels to Paris to prove his innocence after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. He teams up with journalist Chloe Sevigny (played by actress Kristen Stewart) to clear his name and falls in love along the way.
In addition to acting, Pattinson is also considered to be one of the best producers of his own films. He co-produced the romantic comedy What Do You WANT? and the upcoming comedy-drama Good Morning, Hungrily!. He also served as executive producer on the British TV series Saving Mr. Banks and Mozart In The Jungle.
The Most Admired
With such a varied and packed acting resume, it’s no wonder that Pattinson is so respected as an actor. He has been hailed as “the most reliable, intelligent, and accomplished actor of his generation” by Hollywood.com. Indiewire calls him a “genuinely gifted performer” and praises his “intelligence, timing, and instinctive understanding of his character’s motivations.” The Daily Telegraph notes, “It is a mark of an acting genius that he can switch from menacing tyrant to funny, bumbling oaf to romantic lead with the ease of a Hollywood magician.”
To see more of what is being said about him online, visit Google and search for “Robert Pattinson.” A variety of online sources will pop up, many of which will give him prominent placement in the results.
The Royal Wedding
Although he is probably best known for his role as Edward Cullen in Twilight, it is the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle that is drawing widespread attention to Pattinson.
The wedding will be broadcast live by the BBC on May 19th and 20th. It is expected to draw an audience of up to 400 million viewers worldwide. And boy, did Prince Harry choose a beautiful bride! Rumors started swirling a few months ago that Meghan Markle was engaged to be married to Harry, who is the son of Prince Andrew and Princess Sarah. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that the news was officially confirmed.
It seems that Harry and Meghan are enjoying a truly glorious relationship. The couple met while filming the Netflix original series, The Defenders, and have been inseparable ever since. On the eve of their wedding day, the pair were photographed for the People magazine, looking as dashing as a royal bride and groom could look. The photos came from Meghan’s father, Michael, who also happens to be a photographer. He tweeted, “Happy wedding day to my daughter Meghan and the love of her life Harry. Looking at you both makes me wish I could capture every moment perfectly. But I guess that would be overwhelming. So I’ll just have to be content that I was able to give them this beautiful moment together.”
The director of The Defenders, Michelle Yeoh, also shared a few words of love and appreciation for the newlyweds.
“I love you both so much,” she said. “You have such a magical connection that makes everything easier. Enjoy this moment, create more happiness for each other, and spoil us with your stories. We are so proud of you both!”
The Most Culpritious
Although “cinematic romance” was one of the buzzwords of the 2014 film festival, it seems that audiences weren’t entirely happy about the mushy end that the movies came up with. Reviews of the year’s most popular films ranged from mediocre to awful. Critics hated Trainwreck, Jackie, and The Nutcracker And The Four Amigos, while fans went crazy for Into The Woods and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Last but not least, we have The Walk. Filmmakers Sean and Debra Wickham’s drama about an Alzheimer’s patient who escapes his living room and begins walking the streets of New York City doesn’t seem to have a big following even though it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It is interesting to note that the film isn’t quite over yet. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, the filmmakers were able to finish post-production and release the drama.
Now that you’ve seen this article, I bet you have a pretty good idea of who Robert Pattinson is and what he’s doing. So if you’re a fan of his work, then I recommend that you follow his Twitter account, where he often shares movie news and trivia as well as his own insights into making cinema magic. He also keeps fans up to date with the latest news about the Twilight franchise. For more information about this dynamic performer and for some amazing interview opportunities, please reach out to [email protected].