Robert Pattinson has been covered in as many magazines and newspapers as there are pages in his diary, but his latest escapade has arguably gone beyond even his wildest dreams. As well as becoming one of the world’s most in-demand movie stars, the Englishman has also found time to keep a diary of his exploits in the years leading up to and including World War I.

The entries in Robert Pattinson’s diary provide a fascinating insight into the mind of a man who has achieved unprecedented success and recognition in his 30s. The entries were published in the Sunday Times in the UK last week, and have now been made available online. This is the first time any of Pattinson’s writings have been published in full, and they shed new light on not just the man himself, but also the era in which he lived and the world around him.

From Edward to Robert

While his fans may know Robert Pattinson for his blockbuster-to-blockbuster ratio of films, Edward Pattinson, the actor’s grandfather, founded an international shipping company, which he later expanded into a film production company. He began to cast his eye on his great nephew, choosing him to play the eponymous lead in the 2004 biopic, The Lost Weekend. It wasn’t long before Edward saw the commercial potential in Robert Pattinson, and decided to support his career.

The grandfather-son collaboration saw a string of box office smashes, and it wasn’t long before Robert followed in his footsteps, establishing his own production company, Rocket Science. So far, so normal – but this is where things get interesting.

From Edward to Benedict

While Robert Pattinson may have been born in London, he moved to Vancouver, Canada at a young age, and grew up surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness. It was here that he began to establish his film career, and in 2010 he followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, co-founding the production company, Cloud Nine Films. With the exception of a few oddball projects, like Gangster Squad and Collateral Beauty, most of the films that Cloud Nine produces are adaptations of bestselling novels, such as The Lost Symbol and A Game of Thrones. While these projects may not turn a profit in the short term, the long-term vision is to establish a filmography that spans both major motion pictures and television shows.

From Vancouver to WAR

It’s safe to assume that much of what we know about Robert Pattinson is thanks to his grandfather, Edward. A year after co-founding Cloud Nine, Pattinson began work on his first feature film, an adaptation of David Baldacci’s bestselling novel, The Shadow Man. The project was eventually picked up by Warner Bros. Pictures, and the young British director quickly established himself as a bankable name, with the studio backing his next three films, The Lost Symbol, Zodiac and The Great Gatsby. For those who don’t know, The Great Gatsby was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 2018, winning two, for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup, alongside Best Adapted Screenplay for Baz Luhrmann.

While working with iconic costume designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, on the costumes for Luhrmann’s film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby (directed by Baz Luhrmann), Chiuri revealed that she and Pattinson had worked alongside one another for weeks, developing a plan for each outfit, which Grazia called their “formula”. According to the designer, Pattinson would call her every morning with an outfit idea, which she would then incorporate into her design for the following day. The costume designer credited this daily collaboration as being vital to the overall look of her designs for Nick and his friends, as well as Myrtle Wilson (Joan Crawford), after she was spotted at a cinema wearing a very similar dress.

From The Great Gatsby to Water For Elephants

It’s safe to say that the last few years have been a whirlwind for Robert Pattinson. Since Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was released in 2018, the British director has been fielding offers from Hollywood for his next film, with filming set to begin soon on what will be his directorial debut, the period crime drama, The Librarian, opposite Sherlock Holmes star, BAFTA winner, and British legend, Andrew Scott. Shooting for the film began in September 2019, and is expected to wrap in the coming weeks.

Since the premiere of Gatsby, in 2018, Robert Pattinson’s fan base has continued to grow, with people now recognizing and greeting him on the street. It wasn’t just film fans who were taken by surprise, with many commenting that the British actor looked shockingly similar to Jack Black, his character, Zed, in Gatsby. One particularly dedicated fan even went as far to suggest that Pattinson should play Black’s character, Zed, in Black’s next film, joking that “it’s a crying shame that Hollywood doesn’t cast more British actors”. It seems that the comparisons aren’t just limited to film, with fans also comparing the two men—and sometimes, it seems, they are spotted on the street together.

From Gags to Gadgets

Besides the movies, Robert Pattinson has also taken the opportunity to appear in a string of bestselling novels, turning the pages of these books into opportunities for self-reflection and fun. One such novel, Gags Volume 1, sees the English actor portraying a variety of funny characters, from a British boarding school teacher, to a dyslexic diamond dealer, to a precocious teen who gets the wrong end of the stick.

Aside from creating a comedic outlet for his fans, by playing these funny characters, Pattinson has also been able to showcase his extraordinary ability as a comic performer. In 2018 alone, the Englishman has made four appearances in four different countries, including Canada and Denmark, performing stand-up comedy, which he usually does for charity or to raise money for good causes. He has also become a regular guest on comedy shows, appearing on HBO’s, Crashing, and Netflix’s, Documentary Now! to name just a few.

From Gadgets to Appliances

Perhaps even more exciting than the opportunities that come from writing and acting in novels is the chance to design and develop cutting-edge technology just for fun. This is thanks, in part, to the fact that while he was filming The Great Gatsby, Pattinson fell in love with a cocktail mixer designed and built by a company he had met during the making of the film. Afterward, he designed a food blender that was picked up by a company in Australia and subsequently released in the UK. Later that year, he joined the Google Creative Lab as a technology lead, focusing on developing products for the smart home.

This is just a small selection of the fascinating figures, places, and events that made up Robert Pattinson’s extraordinary life in the years leading up to World War I. This diarist’s insights are sure to fascinate and delight his legions of fans, as well as anyone else who is interested in the life and times of one of the world’s most in-demand actors.