Walking down the street, you wouldn’t think twice about the people around you; it’s only when you look more closely that you realize something is different.
Meet Robert Pattinson, an English actor whose extraordinary life has inspired a song. The former teen heartthrob is now known for his work with renowned British director Danny Boyle on the upcoming movie, adaption of the Broadway play, ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’.
Here, we’ll explore the many facets of Pattinson’s amazing life, from his humble beginnings to his Hollywood career. We’ll also examine the impact that his song, ‘To Roam’, has had on fans and non-fans alike. Finally, we’ll compare his life to that of another famous British singer-songwriter, whose work also influenced ‘To Roam’. Stay tuned for the latest news and updates on the film!
A Rake, A Raven And A Royal Pain
One of the first things that you’ll notice about Pattinson is his handsome, yet distinguished appearance. The actor rose to fame after starring in the hugely successful Twilight series, playing the romantic lead opposite Kate Mara. The film franchise became one of the most successful adaptations of all time, surpassing even Harry Potter in terms of global revenue. It even earned him an award for Best Actor at the 2013 Golden Globes, an accolade that he shared with Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del toro.
While many actors strive to perfect their craft and portray a variety of characters, Pattinson has always remained true to his roots. He often compares acting to ‘steer[ing] a boat’ and says that you can’t expect to appear in every movie as a superhero or a gangster. “It’s just not realistic,” he recently told Variety. “You sign up for a life where you can do a lot of different things. Just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean that you have to limit yourself to just one role. It’s about being true to yourself and honest with the material. If you can do that, the roles will come easily to you.”
Since Twilight, Pattinson has appeared in a diverse range of films and has always exhibited an interest in portraying literary genius. He currently stars in the independent movie, The Lost City of Z, alongside Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, and was last seen in the acclaimed movie Bad Education, alongside Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz. He continues to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, proving his versatility and talent.
From A Rake To A Raven
Pattinson’s film career has spanned nearly two decades and has amassed him a considerable fortune. He has been consistently recognized for his versatility, earning multiple award nominations and winning multiple awards for his performances. In 2017, he was listed among the top 100 highest-paid actors in Hollywood according to Forbes. Pattinson is also the founder of the charity, Rape Relief, which provides support and counseling for victims of sexual assault. In October 2018, he was awarded a Special Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 30th European Film Awards for his long-standing commitment to female empowerment and his support of the charity, Rape Relief. Pattinson continues to pursue his passion for filmmaking, frequently collaborating with industry heavyweights and emerging talents alike.
An Inspiration: Robert Pattinson’s Life Lyrics
If you’ve seen any of the films that Pattinson has appeared in, you’ll undoubtedly recognized his distinct, baritone speaking voice. Even if you didn’t know who he was before, you’ll have undoubtedly recognized that voice, which is probably why his life song, ‘To Roam’, has achieved such widespread recognition. The song was written by George Ezra and released back in 2016. It serves as both an ode to Pattinson’s life and an impassioned plea to halt domestic violence.
Here, we’ll explore the unique story behind the creation of ‘To Roam’. In addition to writing the song, Ezra played several instruments, including the piano and the accordion, while Danny Boyle, who has directed many of Pattinson’s films across multiple genres, served as the music’s producer. As the songwriter and performer, Ezra credits the song to both himself and Boyle; however, Pattinson himself has said that he doesn’t really like to give individual credit to songs because they are often songs that he feels deeply about. It’s an interesting dynamic because, as a songwriter, Ezra is entitled to write his own songs, but as a performer, he’s obliged to give credit where credit is due.
In keeping with the themes that run throughout Ezra’s work, ‘To Roam’ is steeped in history. It’s a lament about a lost golden age and the nostalgia that comes with remembering the good old days. “I think that, especially now, we’re so focused on the present day, we forget about the good old days,” Ezra told The Independent. “I wanted to write a song that would make people think about those days again.”
The song is a passionate plea to break free from the pressures of the everyday world and embrace the thrill of wild wandering. The refrain is an exuberant ‘la la la’ followed by a joyful ‘hey’. In addition to urging caution and self-reflection, ‘To Roam’ urges the listener to
“wander at will”, “float free” and “let your heart decide”, all of which hues fit Pattinson perfectly. The song also makes reference to various literary greats, from William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, to Hermann Hesse and Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s an ode to life, liberty, and the open road.
At one point, the song reaches a crescendo of sorts before descending into a jaunty, rock-and-roll close. Many of the phrases in the song were inspired by various trips that Pattinson and Ezra made to Portugal, where they both grew up. It’s a nostalgic ode to a place and a time that the singer-songwriter both cherishes and misses. “I think there’s a nostalgia in all of us for things that we don’t have now,” said Ezra of ‘To Roam’. “It’s a bit like drinking cheap booze and eating deep-fried Mars Bars, but in some sort of romantic way.”
An Angel, A Demon And An Angelic Dreamer
‘To Roam’ is also an ode to the magical, if not a little diabolical, qualities that Robert Pattinson possesses. While many people see him as a grounded and mature individual, it would be safe to say that Pattinson is something of a romantic at heart. He speaks of his angels, his demons and his angelic dreamer in the song, lamenting that “sometimes, my angels try to hold me back / my demons try to trip me up / my angelic dreamer wants to fly with me.”
One of those demons is alcohol. The singer revealed that he occasionally battles with alcohol addiction, which he wrote about in his 2014 autobiography, Remember Me? It’s a difficult problem for which there is no simple answer. Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of help from a friend. During one of his many relapses, Pattinson called upon Ezra, whose music he’d previously discovered and loved, to help turn his life around. The two began an intimate relationship, which continued when Ezra moved in with Pattinson. It was during this period that the singer penned ‘To Roam’. “When I wrote ‘To Roam’, I was just coming off my [recovery] programme, and I felt like I needed to write a song that would be an indicator for my friends and family,” Pattinson said, speaking of the song’s autobiographical elements. “I felt like I needed to write a love letter to myself, saying that, while it was really hard to get there, I had made it, and I was proud of how I had turned my life around.”