THE ROBERT PATTINSON PHENOMENON
INTERVIEW BY JOHANNES BONKE
RENDERING FOR GREEK: JOHN TSIOULIS
"Perhaps it's the charm of the carmine colour on his lips as a vampire, perhaps it is his bohemian appearance, or maybe something else. Truth is that Robert Pattinson is the most up-and-coming actor in the movies industry. The "Twilight" leading man with the many talents and irresistible charm has made a lot of people dreaming for a bite. Free has obtained a delightful interview with him exclusively for Greece".
RP: When you go to an audition to take a part which many consider something like the perfect boy, you have to expect that people will see this with suspicion. I expected such reactions. They do not affect me particularly.
Q: I believe there are many girls who'd wish to go to bed with you. How do you handle this?
RP: I don't know. I never have enough time to stay somewhere. I almost never meet people apart from reporters. But it's really very weird that young people, 10 year old fellows come and tell me: "can you bite me?"
Q: Speaking of biting who would like to bite the most?
RP: I don't think I want to bite anyone. I don't like it.
Q: Did you ever have lessons to manage your image? Your fans belong to the young –in terms of age- audience. Did anyone come to tell you how you should look like and behave?
RP: Yes. They sent me to a centre to learn how to manage my image in the media. I found it stupid. Probably I can do whatever I want. because I play a vampire on the big screen. I was supposed to have the image of the bad guy. It's funny. I remember when I went there and started questions to which I was joking, everybody there was annoyed. They accused me that I resist in learning to manage my image in the media.
Q: What's more important to you? To be an actor or musician?
RP: Both are equally important. Of course I believe that I take them relatively seriously. I mean that for example I haven't written music for some time now, since I don't want to be one more actor who played in a big movie and he released an album after. I want to make a really good album, but in a time where there won't be comparison with acting. Now I'm rethinking about it, I take both very seriously.
Q: What music do you want to make? Indie rock or folk?
RP: Folky rock.
Q: In the "Twilight" soundtrack you sing a song. Did the director asked you to write it for the film?
RP: Well I had written this long time ago. A crew member gave it to the director and suddenly she put it in a scene, without me knowing about. At first I didn't recognized that it was my song. I was happy and I suggested to put it anonymously, but because of the marketing they didn't let me. It was the first song I recorded officially.
Q: How was your life before getting the role of Edward in "Twilight"?
RP: I had this excellent apartment last year in Soho, where you could go up to the terrace and see the brilliant view. I was playing music and tried to record stuff. But then I filmed Little Ashes in Spain and everything sort of changed. It was the first time I made a research about something. I haven't seen the film yet but whether it's good or bad, one thing is sure that it changed the way I perceive acting and made me more disciplined in the way I see scripts and what I can succeed in acting.
Q: How did you pay for the big apartment in Soho?
RP: It wasn't big. In fact it was the smallest you've ever seen and it was almost empty. It only had two garden chairs and nothing else. No carpet, no central heating, not even a bathroom. I had to go back to my parents house to take a shower. It was perfect though. I felt I was living with a very bohemian lifestyle. I was sad when I left it.
Q: Why did you leave it?
RP: Because with the renovations in London the rent went up to 5.000 pounds., and I was in America for a whole year for the filming of Twilight. I was practically paying for a house my friends were living in. So I left it.
Q: Do you miss London?
RP: Yes. Very much. I was there two days ago and I realized with surprise how much I miss it.
Q: Where do you live now?
Q: You are a bohemian guy again?
RP: In a way.
Q: Are you looking forward to be a "vampire" for the next 10 years?
RP: Yes. Although it cannot last for so long, simply because vampires do not age, so I won't be able to do it for more than 2 years. It will be ridiculous.
Q: How many films have you signed in for?
RP: For three. The filming of New Moon has already started.
Q: What do you think makes people to be interested so much about vampires at this point?
RP: I don't know. It's something like a domino phenomenon. Something becomes successful and suddenly everybody films scripts vampires related.
Q: Do you like vampires?
RP: Yes. Of course I don't understand those who say they are fans of everything that has to do with vampires. I liked the first Nosferatu and things like that.
Q: Are you addicted to something?
RP: I was very addicted to Van Morrison.
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