If you’ve even considered going to see a movie in the theater, then you undoubtedly know who Robert Pattinson is. The 27-year-old English actor is best known for his work in the Twilight film series and its spin-off, New Moon. He’s also spent time acting in TV shows like Penny Dreadful, and playing the title character in the 2012 film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, The Never Ending Story.

Pattinson hasn’t had the best luck in the romance department. After dating actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Moss for short periods, he had a high-profile breakup with Hollywood actor Charlie Hunnam in 2017. Since then, he’s been linked to some pretty famous women, including model and actress Kristen Steward and American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens. In 2018, he even became engaged to Chinese actress Liu Wen after meeting at the Cannes Film Festival. But the most interesting story about Pattinson has yet to be told.

He Was Once Arrested For Drug Possession

In 2011, while shooting the Twilight film Breaking Dawn, the cast and crew traveled to London for a party. There, a photo-op turned into a fight when Pattinson and several other guests were arrested for drug possession. Police searched the hotel room where Pattinson was staying and found cannabis and drug paraphernalia. He was subsequently charged with drug possession and ordered to pay a fine. He later pled guilty and was sentenced to a year’s probation.

The incident was eventually put in the past, with Pattinson claiming that he’d learned his lesson and would never try to purchase or use illegal drugs again. But the court documents show that he’d been arrested before, in 2008, for allegedly purchasing ecstasy. In 2012, he was arrested in Los Angeles for possession of ecstasy and was subsequently ordered to stay away from drugs and alcohol. In any event, in 2017, he told Grazia, “I have never tried to purchase illegal drugs and will not do so. I have learned my lesson and will always take responsibility for my actions.”

He Once Had A Major Breakdown While Filming The Avengers

In April 2012, while promoting his then-upcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman, Robert Pattinson admitted that he’d had a major psychological breakdown while making The Avengers. According to the actor, he went into a state of rage after being forced to film action scenes in slow motion. “I remember sitting there going insane…I wasn’t really acting, I was just becoming the character,” he said. “I felt like a deer in the headlights.” He soon apologized for his behavior.

Pattinson said that he’d had similar experiences while filming Twilight. “I didn’t sleep for three or four days while we were shooting Twilight, I was so wound up,” he told Conan O’Brien. “And that was before we’d even started shooting Breaking Dawn, which is why I was like ‘let’s just take a break’.” Since The Avengers was such a financial and critical success, it’s clear that Pattinson must’ve gotten his money’s worth.

A Part Of His Upcoming Man Of The Year Speech Will Be Spoken In French

While attending the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Robert Pattinson let slip a little tidbit about his upcoming Man Of The Year acceptance speech. During a Q&A session with fans, the actor said that he would be giving a “speech in French” at the awards ceremony. When pressed for more details about the content of his speech, he only revealed that it would be a “love letter to France.” During his stay in France, the actor took the opportunity to visit famous landmarks and eat at restaurants where Napoleon Bonaparte once dined. He even put in an appearance at Disneyland Paris, dressed in full military attire.

It was recently announced that the actor will be receiving the prestigious accolade for 2018. He is one of several prominent figures to be honored at the festival, which runs from May 15 to 24.

He Has A Collection Of Vintage Clothing That He Finds At Garage Sales

While filming the indie film Beautiful Thing in 2012, Robert Pattinson discovered a hidden talent for finding and recognizing vintage clothing shops at garage sales. The actor was so enamored with a vintage dress that he wore in the movie that he went out and bought the designer’s entire collection. He subsequently wore the dresses to numerous red-carpet events, including the Cannes Film Festival and the London Film Festival. The collection even made its debut online, where Pattinson shared numerous snaps of himself in the flattering clothes.

As part of promoting the collection, Pattinson made a surprise appearance at London Fashion Week in September 2012. There, he wore a number of the vintage dresses, as well as a custom tuxedo created by renowned designer Ralph Lauren.

He Has A Hidden Talent For Drawing

While studying at Oxford, Robert Pattinson began dabbling with art. Since then, he’s kept his talent a secret, only showing it off at events like the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and the British and European film awards. At these events, he frequently wears a canvas leisure suit, designed by the fashion house Barbour. In October 2018, he debuted his art at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was seen wearing the suit as he walked the red carpet.

Pattinson has also kept his artistic chops secret while working on films. In The Favourite, he shows off his drawing skills by portraying Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, accurately and with humor. The Queen has even written a letter of thanks, praising the actor for his “performances” and “genuine humor.”

He’s An Expert In Stereoscoping And Digital Scoring

One of the most interesting things about Robert Pattinson is that he seems to possess a hidden skill that most people don’t know about. While working on the film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Scarlet Letter, he had the unique opportunity to observe firsthand how film is presented and experienced in virtual reality (VR).

To properly experience the cinema of VR, films need to be presented in 3D using a stereoscopic camera, like the one shown above. When a stereoscopic camera is used, the viewer is required to wear special 3D glasses. These films are then scored to play in the background while the VR experience is enjoyed. As it turns out, Pattinson is an expert in both of these areas.

In July 2012, while promoting Snow White and the Huntsman, the actor said that he’d taken a year off work to focus on his VR projects. “Virtual reality is something that I’ve always been interested in,” he said. “I’ve taken a bit of a leave of absence from the big screen to really immerse myself in this.” He also revealed that he’d spent over £80,000 of his own money developing a VR headset that he uses for creating art and for watching films. He continues to work with renowned composer Hans Zimmer, sharing an interest in film music and VR. The pair recently collaborated on a VR experience for the Toronto International Film Festival.

He Has A Fear Of Flying

While filming The Rover in the UK, Robert Pattinson admitted that he had a phobia of flying. Even today, the fear of traveling by plane continues to creep him out. He’ll frequently get stressed out before flying and even needs extra security measures taken aboard the plane. He hasn’t always had this fear. In an upcoming episode of Vogue (which will be available soon on Netflix), he talks about his time playing basketball in South Africa and how he had to overcome his fear of flying to complete his journey. “I didn’t feel safe in the air. I always had this image of crashing and burning,” he said. “If there’s ever been a time when I needed convincing that flying was a safe option, it was then.”

Pattinson’s interest in aviation began when he was younger. His father is a pilot and a former captain in the RAF. At the age of 16, he went on a gap year, living in Spain and working in a bar. While there, he got his license and began flying gliders with the Red Arrows, the RAF’s ceremonial flight squadron. He still gets nervous before taking off in a plane, but now it’s more about learning to relax and enjoy the experience rather than worrying about crashing.