In our latest edition of Features You Won’t Believe Exist, we’re looking into the mind of Robert Pattinson. The actor has gone from being the teen idol of future generations with his role in the Twilight film series, to being one of the most respected actors of our time. Whether or not you’ve heard of him, you’ve almost certainly seen his work. We were lucky enough to sit down with him recently to discuss Twilight, his future plans, and how he feels about himself now.
On Recalling His Early Years
The first feature we published on Robert Pattinson was back in 2013, when we got the chance to sit down with the actor for an interview about his role in the upcoming film adaptation of The King’s Speech. Back then, he was just finishing up work on the highly acclaimed series and was already looking ahead to the next project. Unfortunately, The King’s Speech wasn’t the big-budget spectacle we were hoping for, although it still made over $100 million worldwide.
“Sometimes you work on something and it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted at all. That’s usually the case, but it’s more often the case with independent films. A film like The King’s Speech, which is very low-budget, small, independent film, it almost doesn’t exist. It’s not like Twilight, where it’s practically a brand new franchise. And even that was a bit of an experiment. But that’s behind me now. I’m working on a film that’s going to be way bigger and better. It’s going to be a lot more fun to work on, and it’s going to be more exciting for audiences as well,” says the actor.
‘Twilight… It Wasn’t Easy’: The Making Of The Epic Saga
If you’ve seen a Twilight movie, you know exactly what to expect. Short, romantic interludes between Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, followed by an extremely bloody battle scene. The films were mostly shot in a realistic manner, using practical stunts and weapons, which created a more immersive experience for the audience.
As we’ve established, the first Twilight film was released in 2008, and became the highest-grossing live-action film of that year. The next installment, Eclipse, was even more successful, becoming the third-highest-grossing film of the year and earning almost $400 million worldwide. The trilogy concluded in 2013 with the heavily anticipated final installment, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Considering all the attention the Twilight series was getting, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking. In 2011, Robert Pattinson was cast in the first major motion picture adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
At the time, the actor was still recovering from the backlash he received after starring in the ill-fated The King’s Speech. Fortunately, Eclipse turned out to be a box office hit, earning almost $400 million worldwide. The final installment in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, continued in the same vein as its predecessors, earning over $500 million worldwide. To this day, the actor continues to be one of the most in-demand actors in all of Hollywood.
‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’: A Life In Pictures
Arguably, the pinnacle of Robert Pattinson’s career came with his portrayal of Batman in the 2012 film, The Dark Knight Rises. Based on the comic book series of the same name, the film was a huge success, earning over $400 million worldwide and becoming the second-highest-grossing film of all time (Just over $500 million behind only Avatar).
The Dark Knight Rises also marked the first time the Batman franchise had gone to a 3D format and it wasn’t even close to being the last. The following year, in 2013, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released and went on to become the highest-grossing movie of the year, earning over $700 million worldwide. Most recently, in Justice League, we got to see Batman and his allies team up for the first time ever in live action.
With all these hit films under his belt, it’s only fair to say that Robert Pattinson is definitely on his way to becoming one of the most decorated actors of all time. He’s certainly aware of his incredible success and has spoken often about his gratitude for being able to follow his dreams and make a living out of acting. When asked about his favorite roles, he immediately mentions The King’s Speech and Twilight, but also acknowledges that he has fond memories of playing Batman. He continues by saying:
“I think that [Twilight] was a good role for me. It was quite a challenging role, but I quite enjoyed it. I’m not ashamed of it at all. It’s the kind of thing that I think could’ve been a stepping stone to much bigger and better things, so I’m not going to be shy in talking about it. I think that The King’s Speech was an amazing experience as well, just because it was such a challenge to get those few scenes right. And I think that the Batman films are always going to be there, because they’re always so memorable. So, I have three or four roles that I really enjoy thinking about and talking about,” he says.
With more and more people discovering his work via the blockbuster movies he’s starred in, it’s fair to say that Robert Pattinson’s future is pretty much secured. Whether or not you’ve heard of him, you’ve almost certainly seen his work, which makes him one of the most versatile and sought-after actors of this or any other generation. We sat down with the actor recently to discuss his future plans and he had plenty to say. Here’s what he had to say.