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Respecting Rob because actions speak louder than words.
“New York is on war footing. The President of the USA is passing through and demonstrations are threatening to drown Manhattan in chaos. Eric Packer, 28 years old millionaire, doesn’t care. No matter what happens, he will go get his haircut on the other side of town.
We’re not going to lie, whether we like David Cronenberg’s recent movies, we were seriously missing the filmmaker of Videodrome and Crash. Pop open the champagne because he’s back in every shot of Cosmopolis. Even though he’s adapting someone else’s work, the Canadian filmmaker recognized his young/offsprings in the novel of DeLillo. The absurd and persistent odyssey of a young wolf in finance who parades colleagues, mistresses and doctors in his high-tech limo. When he reaches his destination, he might be left with nothing (the Japanese currency threatens his wallet, his wife is more and distant, it’s getting unbearable.) but the answer of the question that haunts him, without being able to articulate it: Can the one who possesses everything still desire anything else?
Cronenberg made sure that all his obsessions punctuate his route, whether they are intellectual (the search for ‘another’ reality) or carnal/physical (another scene that will make people talk, Packer learns that his prostate is asymmetrical). Enthroned in the back seat of his limousine Robert Pattinson reveals a deepness that gets more & more fascinating as his character gets closer to hitting rock bottom/gets closer to the abyss. The fear that surrenders his face in the last moments doesn’t belong only to this anti-hero that arrived at the point of no return, but it’s also the fear of an actor who tests his limits with an unsuspected bravery. With a feverish and decadent ride in Hell, Cosmopolis proves that he’s not done testing them.”
Actress Sarah Gadon talks about ‘Cosmopolis’ and working with Rob in this 2011 interview with Pulp magazine. She’s a class act, indeed. And may I add incredibly insightful and well-spoken. Looking forward to the press junket.
In Cronenberg’s upcoming film Cosmopolis, (slated for an early 2012 release), Gadon play the better half to another powerful man; this time to a Manhattan multimillionaire who, in the course of 24 hours, loses his entire fortune. Dead centre in another cast of heavy-hitting actors, including Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, it is Robert Pattinson (said millioniare) that has garnered early buzz for the film and by association, brought Gadon’s name to the forefront. In the weeks leading up to pre-production, Gadon consciously avoided any Pattinson-themed media – a near-impossible feat in the climate of Twilightmania.
My decision not to read any of Robert’s interviews or press (stemmed from) my desire to go into the project without any preconceived notions (about him) that might inform our work together.”
Gadon recalls coming into her camera test and sitting across from Pattinson only to emerge, hours later, to mobs of people outside the building screaming his name. She is quick to dispel the “celeb” stereotype, saying that in their working relationship, Pattinson was “refreshingly normal” and perhaps shockingly, “deeply concerned about the development of his career.”
“It was wonderful to watch Robert in such an intelligent project, and for David, (Robert’s fan base) will open up a younger demographic.”
Not a bad deal for Gadon either, for whom both Pattinson’s and Cronenberg’s names will translate too much less anonymity.
If at first somewhat overcome with excitement and anticipation at the thought of working with such big names, Gadon is levelheaded and thoughtful about the process.