Translation of #RobertPattinson itw for #CRASHMagazine abt #GoodTime & #HighLife
Becoming an international star at 22, thanks to his part as a vampire in the Twilight series, it's in 2012, with his masterful interpretation in Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, that Robert Pattinson manages to definitely change his image. Since then, he's looking for working on art house projects and very different movies. At Cannes, he's portraying a characttet that is very far away from the festival standards in Good Time from the Safdie brothers. This indie awaited production is in in the official selection of the festival. After Cannes, it's a shooting with Claire Denis that is just waiting for him. For Crash magazine, he accepted to play with the artist Torbjorn Rodland and again he didn't hesitate to break his image ... Torbjorn Rodland will have an exhibition in Paris, at La Galerie de Paris location' in June.
J - How was the photoshoot with Torbjorn Rodland ? He's a real artist. Usually he shows his work in art galeries or museums. He's isn't a classical fashion photographer.
R - It's was funny. It was interesting and really different of usual photoshoots. Yes it really was
an interesting shooting. I really love his work et he also gave me his book. He's really brilliant
J - Lets talk about your next movie Good Time. How did you met the directors - the Safdie brothers ?
R - I watched Heavens Knows What a long time ago. There was something magical in Arielle Holmes' energie, the star of the movie. So I contacted Josh and Benny and met them in LA. He really adored them. They have an incredible energy and I really felt something good could be done. I really promised myself to do anything they could propose to me during this first meeting. Considering what they have done until now, I think I was right.
J - We can feel this energy since the beginning of the movie. It's really dramatic, the soundtrack is great, it's an original and very different movie ... And it's also totally an indie movie.
R - I got the same feeling about the movie : it's very unique in the landscape of all the mivies that are released right now. Nobody does any movie like they do. So I ' really exvited to see how viewers will react. Shooting went really well.
J - And it's also a small production ...
R - Yes a very tiny one. But we put tons and tons of energy in it. It really was an intense shooting : at least 16 hours of work every day. At the end, we got a lot of material and we could have done three or four movies !
J - Do you want to work again with them ?
R - Of course ! I would do anything with them. With a snap of your fingers !
J - Good Time is also a very moving film. It sets two brothers - one of the them has a mental disorder et his big brother tries to help him. How do you see their relationship ?
R - Of of the brothers, Nick, is mentally disabled and Connie, my character, is kind of mentally crazy too ! He's not a reasonable guy who is taking normal and rational decisions. He begins to convince himself that he can do everything he wants, as soon as it's for his brother. But in fact he doesn't stop to take disastrous decisions. He isn't normally related to the world. Before the shooting, we worked really in depth about the story of the relationship between Nick and Connie. Our idea was that Connie and Nick are in fact not really close. Connie just went out to jail and he is aware he had to recreate a bond with his brother, but he doesn't know him really well. So it's an unusual relationship.
J - Connie doesn't have a real family. He only has his bother.
R - Yes. And when you're watching his character, it's really the sort of guy who is rejected by his entourage. I think that everybody knows somebody like that, someone who's only testing the limits of the people around him just to see what they will be able to accept. It's a long time his family rejected him.
J- Is it important for you to see a movie like this one to be selected at Cannes ?
R - Oh yes of course ! Mainly when you know how the movie was filmed, from day to day. It began like a very tiny one and it went very well. I really loved it the first time I saw it. And Cannes is also my favourite location to show movies. It's rally a different experience, even when you compate with other film festivals. I think the Safdie brothers really deserve to be here, especially in competition. I was so happy when I knew they were selected for the official selection.
J - You also appeared in big productions. Is it important for you to work on smaller indie movies ?
R - Yes, even if I didn't do any blockbuster movie for a long time. It's really difficult to find small interesting projects. Someone can have a really good script, but he doesn't have everything's needed to do a good film. The Safdie brothers are really fascinating artists. Everybody wants to work with people like them. He was extremely lucky.
J - You also did two movies with David Cronenberg. How was it to work with him ?
R - He shot Cosmopolis with him about five years ago. It was totally a new experience for me. I would never have thought I would be able to do movies like this one and to work with people like Cronenberg. And because David trusted me, my destiny took another path and it has completely changed my life. David is really the best .
J - He's the best diector you have worked with ?
R - They're all very good, but David's movies are really different. I watched Videodrome the other day. He did movies in the early 80' that are totally different, even today. But all the directors I worked with are amazing.
J- His 80' movies are completely crazy. Their style was really edgy at this time and they still are today. Cosmopolis' idea was also very original : shooting a movie that sets only inside a limo and that's only focused on you.
R - Its writing was so amazing. But I like people with an original way of thinking. Good Time is also like this, considering it doesn't give any indication of the way you have to think about it. Clearly there isn't just the good and the evil. I try to work with people that can detect the not so white or not so black areas of life. At the end they're more intelligent. There are lots of similarities between the way of seeing life from the Safdie brothers and Cronenberg.
J - Do you want to work more in Europe than in the USA today ?
R - Yes, I'll play in a movie of Claire Denis this summer, in Germany. I think I'll be there for three months or so. I don't why it took me so long to work in Europe. It happened this way.
J - Are you living in the UK or in the States right now ?
R - In fact I'm living between London and LA.
J - Can you talk about this Claire Denis' movie, High Life ? It is in English or in French ?
R - It's in English. It sets in a spaceship. It's about a group of criminals that are sentenced to life imprisonment and they have an opportunity to do a space mission. But it's also about a relationship but a father and his daughter. There are also a lot of psychological sexual questions in this movie. All Claire's movies are very heavy and interesting. I'm really looking forward to shoot it. I have waited about three years before the movie can be done.
J - Will it be the first time you'll work with a french director ?
R - Yes I think so. I had to play in David Assayas' movie, but it fell apart the day before the shooting. Twice in fact. So I think Claire will be the first french director.
J - What happened to Assayas' movie ? It was cancelled ?
R - The movie was in the middle of the pre production. I was doing the rehearsals for about two months. And then the day just before the shooting, the funding of the project was refused. And then I came a few months later et the same thing happened. This kind of stuff happends very often with indie movies. People are looking for money everywhere they can do it and certainly nothing is sure. But I really adored the project. Maybe one day we'll work again together.
J - It's crazy how many projects are cancelled at the very last moment. Are you also involved in producing movies ?
R - I wish I could involve myself on some specifical projects for sure. I completely trust directors for a really short time. A few years ago I would never have been able to involve myself completely in someone else's ideas. I realised that if you let the director being the director and that you're the actor and only the actor, it's strangely very liberating. I think you learn to do stuff a little better. But I'm always looking for things that I could produce. I haven't just found the perfect thing right now.
J - Being involved in the production can be interesting, but it's a different kind of work ...
R - On Good Time, I really liked the open-mindedness of the producers with me. It's great to feel being involved in the whole process rather than just doing your job as an actor and that nobody talks to you until the premiere. I'll certainly try to produce, but it'll be in the future.
J - You're really young to do everything at the same time ...
R - But I'm getting older ! [Laughs] I always think that I'm young, but I'm not so young.
J - You began to shoot movies very early ...
R - It helps when you're doing a movie like Good Time where you're shooting at night and during long hours. A life won't be enough to do movies like that. Carrying such a responsability is very heavy towards other people. But again, the other day I watched King Of New York. You feel this movie delivers a totally wild energy but Abel Ferrara begins to be old nowadays ...
J - Are you going from a movie to another one ? Or do you need breaks between two movies ?
R - I want to go from a movie to another, but the projects I like takes so much time to be settled up. I finish to walk around my living room during months and months, prying that the project will begin. I wraped Good Time a long time ago and it was came out.
J - Are you able to have a normal life now that you're famous ?
R- A few years ago, it was more intense, but now I have a totally a normal life. I don't do a lot of stuff outside walking my dog and reading books occasionally. I do nothing ! I'm really a home-lover. Since I'm entering a way of living, I can do exactly the same stuff during weeks. Other people are getting crazy but I can eat the same meal, do the same thing et go to bed at the same hour for a year.
J - Are you working on other projects ?
R - I'll do a movie with Antonio Campos, Afterschool. It's a sort of gothic thriller from the South.
J - Do you begin to shoot Claire Denis' movie just after Cannes ?
R - Yes and it'll take a lot of time. I think I'll shoot until the autumn.
J - So it means no summer holidays for you ...
R - Living in LA is like being always on a holiday ... I have already had too much ! [Laughs]
J - You're lucky ! Last question : do you remember when you decided to be an actor ? Was it a clear decision that you took at this precise moment ?
R - I did my first audition when I was 16 or something like that, so just a part of me wanted to be an actor. Gradually, I began to take this more seriously. During each shooting, I thought it would be probably the last one, so I wanted to make the best it. I don't think that one day I were, 'This is what to do'. But I can't imagine doing something else now. Today, I can say I did it for half of my lifetime. It's kind of crazy !
J - Do you know how many movies you did ?
R - 23 or something like that ? In fact I have no clue !
J - It's not too many. Actually you need to do a bit more ...
R - Yeah ! I need to increase the number !