Pattinson: A Vampire in Brooklyn
by NED EHRBAR
Robert Pattinson has been playing Americans so often that he has forgotten how to talk like a Brit. In his latest, “Remember Me,” the “Twilight” heartthrob stars as a soulful young New Yorker attending NYU, but he insists he didn’t need any help sounding like a native. “I’ve never had a dialect coach or anything,” Pattinson says. “Ironically, I’ve only had a dialect coach for this film I’m doing now, which I’m doing in an English accent. I guess I’ve forgotten how to do an English accent.
Part of what attracted Pattinson to “Remember Me” — a mix of love story and family drama in which two college students with fractured families fall for each other — was that it didn’t follow a traditional love story mold. “The way the plot was structured, it didn’t fit into any kind of normal category. It didn’t seem very formulaic,” Pattinson says. “When you meet someone who you feel whatever for, it doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s a finish line — like, ‘Oh, you’ll be all right now afterward.’ People now, everyone does all of these things because they think they should be happy, like, all the time. Doing therapy and taking antidepressants and all of these things.”
Next up is “Bel Ami,” which Pattinson says he was keen to take on because it was a departure from the vampire who has made him famous. “I thought there was a kind of irony in ‘Bel Ami,’ because a lot of the women are attracted to this character and then he kind of screws them over and steals their money and stuff,” Pattinson says with a laugh. “Which I thought was quite funny compared to the ‘Twilight’ character. It’s kind of the polar opposite.”
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