It’s been almost a year since we last heard from Robert Pattinson. The 26-year-old British actor – whose full name is Robert Charles Pattinson – enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame after starring in the 2012 movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga. Since then, he’s mostly kept a low profile, appearing in only a handful of films and canceling most of his red-carpet appearances. But now, as he prepares to make his acting comeback with the new film Good Time, we’re getting another peek at the enigmatic star and his fascinating life.

Riding The Wave Of Popularity

Pattinson’s first major public appearance since the end of Twilight was at the premiere of the new James Bond movie, Spectre. And though he didn’t show up at the premiere wearing his Twilight garb, he did arrive with a blonde wig, sunglasses, and a black suit on which he had written “Bond” in the jacket pocket. The stunt was part of an elaborate joke by the actor, who has always been passionate about James Bond and knew that the premiere of Spectre would be a good opportunity to express his admiration for the British secret agent.

Bond enthusiasts may also recognize another Easter egg in the film: a painting that appears briefly on the wall of one of the secret agent’s offices and that is reminiscent of a scene from the movie Diamonds Are Forever. The connection is, of course, nothing more than a coincidence, but it’s still interesting to see how many similarities there are between the two movies. Even more exciting is that this is the first time that a Bond movie has featured an appearance from one of the main characters besides Bond himself – in this case, it’s M (Judi Dench) and her chauffeur Felix Leiter (Ralph Fiennes) who accompany the British secret agent on his mission to uncover the identity of an assassin. It’s the kind of Easter egg that fans have been looking forward to since the premiere of Spectre.

A Private Audience With Prince Charles

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some sort of eventful ending to the story. One month after the premiere of Spectre, Charles, the Prince of Wales, bumped into Pattinson in the street and invited him to a private screening of a new film he was promoting. The meeting was a complete surprise to the public, given that the two have never actually met, and it generated a lot of buzz in the media. According to an article in the Telegraph, Charles took a shine to Pattinson and surprised him by gifting him an Hermès scarf upon departing the cinema.

The Prince of Wales is also a passionate horse lover and owner of stud farm, Anglade Stud, in Normandy. As a result, it was no accident that the two would eventually meet. Anglade Stud supplied Charles with his own personal horse, George – an important part of the Prince’s equestrian hobby. When he learned that their stud farm was nearby, he invited the owner to visit and meet the new tenant. It’s said that upon entering the apartment, Pattinson yelled out “George!” apparently mistaking the Prince’s personal stable hand for the fictitious Toby Shandy, played by Paul Rudd in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Charles didn’t correct him and the two men shared a laugh over the mistake. When the Prince departed, he presented Pattinson with a rose and said, “This is for being the funniest man in the whole damn building.” It’s fair to say that not even a year had passed since the end of Twilight and Pattinson still hadn’t managed to shake off the fame associated with it. This instance of genuine camaraderie between two men that rarely socialize with the outside world symbolized the dawning of a new era for the actor.

A Break From Tradition

Pattinson’s break from the traditional route to fame is almost as interesting as his meteoric rise. For years, movie stars have mainly focused on taking on prestigious film roles, parading in front of the camera, and then disappearing into celebrity. Not so with Pattinson. For much of the past year, the actor has shied away from the limelight, much to the delight of his fans.

It’s quite an undertaking to remake a classic Hollywood film from the ground up. Few stars are up for the challenge and succeed in pulling it off seamlessly, much to the delight of movie buffs. One of the rarest feats in cinema is to successfully reinterpret a beloved film from the standpoint of a modern audience while still keeping close to the original vision of its creators. Director and screenwriter Richard Kelly has managed to pull this off beautifully with his adaptation of The Outsider, which he co-wrote with Stephen King. Here’s hoping that Kelly’s next project, The Aeronaut, is just as successful in interpreting Arthur C. Clarke’s iconic 1950s sci-fi novel.

Back To Acting

After almost a year off the spotlight, it was clear that Robert Pattinson was desperately in need of some new projects. In order to stay in the public eye, the actor turned to social media, connecting with fans via his often playful Twitter feed. It was an opportunity for the star to indulge his passion for film and answer questions from fans about the new and old projects that he’s working on. He also took the opportunity to plug his new book, Riff Trauma, which details the making of the recent sci-fi film, The Rover, for which he recently wrapped principal photography.

Pattinson has been teasing fans about the possibility of another Twilight movie for quite some time and even took to Twitter to reveal that he’s casting for the next installment. Though Stephenie Meyer’s books have largely been adapted for the big screen and fans would love to see more adventures of Bella and Edward, it’s important for the actor to take the time to breathe and put his life back together after almost a year of being arguably the most famous man in the world. One can only hope that the next film is a return to form for Pattinson and that this time, he’ll find true happiness and contentment.