Is it time to dump Rob, the adorable, red-haired Englishman who plays the title character in the new Harry Potter film?
Or should you still adore him, despite his infamous string of bad boy antics?
The truth is, we and many others were surprised by just how well Rob turned out in his debut film as Harry Potter. With a charm that defies analysis, Rob perfectly embodied the naive yet endearing hero J.K. Rowling created in her books.
But since then, his life has been a bit of a roller coaster. Let’s take a look at the ups and downs of Rob’s public life.
He’s Had Some Accomplishments
The film rights to the Harry Potter series were sold for a record sum. And although he’s been in a few films since (most notably the Oscar-nominated Outlaw King), Rob has mostly stayed out of the spotlight. He avoided publicity and the limelight, which many fans considered a great accomplishment.
Then in 2018, a Golden Globe-nominated documentary about Rob’s life was released. Dumped: The Real Story of Rob Pattinson was an interesting movie to watch, not only because it was an inside glimpse into his life, but also because it delved into the controversies surrounding his personal life. The documentary focused on his split from Twilight co-star and best friend, Kristen Stewart, and covered the details of their messy, publicly visible breakup.
Many fans will remember that Rob had a falling out with K-Stew after she cheated on him with on-camera persona Di Stefano. At the time, he called her a “vampire” and a “bitch”, and it wasn’t pretty. A year later, he had a low-key wedding to his high school sweetheart, Rose. And for the first time, he showed up to the wedding well-dressed and with a full head of hair. It was a new beginning for Rob, but many still felt he was hurt by the whole ordeal. And it seems that Rob has been holding a grudge against K-Stew ever since. In fact, when he was asked about his relationship with Stewart during the Golden Globe Awards, he responded by saying: “I’m not in a relationship. I don’t want to be in a relationship with anyone. I want to focus on my career.”
And for a while, it seemed like that’s what he did. He stayed out of the spotlight and focused on his acting. While he was never considered a household name, many fans had undoubtedly grown to love the handsome actor. In 2019, he was named British actor of the year and awarded an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of disabled author, Charles Bitterman, in the film, The Lighthouse.
However, a lot has changed in the past year. First, his movies got better. A Golden Globe-nominated film about a rapper named Black Jack, for example, showcased his dramatic range. It showcased not only his acting skills but also a more mature side to his character. One critic described the 38 year old actor’s performance as “mesmerizing”. And it’s been rumored that he’s currently in talks to star in Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello. If all goes well, it will be his first leading role in a movie. And many are hopeful that his career resurgence is a sign that he’s found favor with Hollywood again.
He’s Had His Share Of Scandals
One of the things that made Rob so memorable was his boyish charm and endearing nature. But that didn’t mean that his personal life was free of controversy. Over the years, the 31 year old actor has had numerous run-ins with the law. Though he’s never been convicted of a crime, he was arrested in 2014 for assaulting a photographer who was trying to take his picture. He was later ordered to pay his victim $10,000 for damages. Although it was a civil matter, it still demonstrated how far he was willing to go to protect what he believes in.
In addition to being involved in a few physical altercations, Rob has also had a close relationship with drugs. And he’s used them often enough that many are questioning whether or not he truly deserves the title “legendary”. He’s allegedly had a drink or drug problem since he was 17 years old. Back in 2014, he checked into a treatment facility in an attempt to kick his addictions. But in a new interview with GQ, he downplayed the seriousness of his drug use, saying: “I’m not a druggy. I try not to be. It’s not something that interests me. I wouldn’t want to be labeled.”
Some, however, believe that this is all just another part of his carefully crafted image. His longtime friend, John C. Reilly, whom he’s collaborated with on multiple occasions, says: “He’s a bit of an artist really, and an artist never does anything by accident. So whatever he does, it’s always interesting.” But, even Reilly admits that Rob can be “an impossible man to understand.”
It’s been difficult to get a read on Rob’s true feelings. The only thing we know for sure is that he’s kept a lot of secrets. His life, both on and off-screen, has been a roller coaster. And although it’s been a year since his last scandalous outing, it seems that Rob is itching to go back there. The only question is, are we really ready for a reunion?
Do you still love Rob and think he’s an okay actor? Or do you think he’s fallen off the rails? Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you! And don’t be shy, you can always email us at[email protected].