Robert Pattinson is currently one of the most popular famous English actors in Hollywood. He is most famous for starring in the Twilight series as vampire Edward Cullen, which has become one of the biggest cash cows in Hollywood history. In 2019, the final installment of the Twilight Saga was released and became one of the most-watched films of the year in the United States. If you’re unfamiliar, the Twilight series is a vampire romance/drama series that was originally based on the New York Times bestseller series of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. The films have collectively made over $2 billion worldwide. Since the Twilight Saga began, Pattinson has been a favorite among moviegoers and celebrities due to his brooding good looks and boyish charm. Although he has had many notable roles in movies and on television, this article will go over some of his most unforgettable characterizations and performances.
Robert Pattinson: The Early Days
Pattinson started his acting career in his native England at the age of 15, appearing in several television commercials and stage productions before making his film debut in Fierce Creatures (1992). He received critical acclaim for his performance in this dark comedy directed by Tim Burton and costarring Natasha Kaho Kobayashi, which focused on an arranged marriage between an American man and a Japanese woman. In 1994, at the age of 18, he was hired by Burton as an extra in Batman Forever. The director saw potential in the young English actor and cast him in several pivotal roles, including a young John Lennon in the biopic Imagine: John Lennon. A couple of years later, he was again hired by Burton, this time for the role of Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Quasimodo is a tragic hero that befriends Esmeralda, a gypsy girl, and pursues justice for oppressed people despite being deformed. Burton’s wife, Rosie, even wrote the role of Quasimodo specifically for Pattinson. He was nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of the complex hunchback.
Robert Pattinson In The King of the Twigs
After portraying such complex characters in his native England, it was time for Pattinson to tackle a new challenge. He accepted the offer to portray the titular character in Tim Burton’s 2005 award-winning film, The King of the Twigs. The main character is an 18th century French assassin named Vicomte François. Vicomte François is a twisted parody of French aristocracy, and his assassination attempts on the French king’s life are comical in nature. When one of the king’s close friends, Count Alexis de Sade, cheats the vicomte of his payment for assassinating the king, Francois disguises himself as a woman – Queen Hortense – and enters the king’s bedchamber, where he murders the sleeping king, believing that Hortense is a man who can’t conceive children. This is then echoed in the vicomte’s next attempt where, as a woman, he tricks the king into thinking he is carrying his child. The final attempt is even more gruesome as the vicomte tries to suffocate the king with a cushion. The film is often considered a satire on the royalist movement in France at the time. Although the film wasn’t a financial success at the box office, it became a cult classic and is often referred to as one of the greatest films ever made. For his performance as the vicomte, Pattinson won the award for Best Actor at the International Film Festival in Cannes and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead at the San Francisco Film Festival. The role itself was not without controversy, however, as it was originally supposed to have been played by Marlon Brando. The legendary actor died several months before the filming of the movie. After Brando’s death, Burton called Pattinson to offer the role. Although Brando’s family didn’t like the idea of their legendary star being replaced by an Englishman, in the end they accepted it, stating that they felt that this was a role made for an Englishman. Many fans, however, still consider Marlon Brando’s performance the definitive King of the Twigs. Pattinson himself has referred to this role as one of his favorites. He has since gone on to play other iconic characters, including Heathcliff in The Wuthering Heights (2016) and Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming 2021 film, Sherlock Holmes.
Robin Williams: The Man In The Mask
In 2019, it was revealed that Williams had been writing a screenplay for a movie version of Don Quixote since 2010. The role had been earmarked for a young Leonardo DiCaprio, but the film has never gotten off the ground. The news that Williams had finally given up on the project came as a complete surprise to everyone, especially the actor himself. What makes this even more peculiar is that in 2017, Williams had told Entertainment Weekly that he had considered the screenplay finished and that it was only a matter of time before cameras started rolling. So far, the only film Williams has been able to get made using this script is the 1992 drama Jack: Years of Lead, which he also directed. He had originally wanted to play the role of Jack, but the producers didn’t find his salary acceptable. Instead, they offered the part to Robert Duvall. Williams had initially turned down the role, but eventually he agreed to do it for what would be his last major acting project before his death. When Jack: Years of Lead was released, it received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office flop. Nevertheless, it is considered one of Williams’ best performances. In one of the most memorable scenes from the movie, Jack – who is actually a man disguised as a woman named Jack – interrupts a date between a young Elizabeth Taylor and a much older Hungarian countess named Irma Szabo. With Elizabeth Taylor playing the role of a young woman named Anna, this was one of the first times that audiences had ever seen anyone dress as a woman while playing an androgynous character. As you might imagine, this plot point alone made this scene fairly memorable. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just about dressing in drag – it was also about Jack’s performance as a psycho crossdresser. Even today, this scene still causes many people to gasp in shock or laugh uncomfortably. It’s certainly not an easy scene to watch, let alone re-live.
It’s been almost 20 years since Williams’ last acting role, and now Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of its biggest stars. He was 71. Although it’s still shocking to think about, it’s important to remember that life can flash before your eyes and the people you love can be taken away in an instant. It’s a bittersweet reality that many celebrities never get a chance to fully enjoy their lives the way they should because they’re constantly waiting for that call to action.