January 9th, 2011 / 6 Comments

Okay no offence Taytay – it’s Russ Fischer’s words not mine, although I’m sure some of you might remember my rants about this very subject.  In any event, I’ve gone on a Cosmopolis article frenzy today and so I’m going to finish off with Russ Fischer of /Films‘  take on Cosmopolis.  I have to say I like the fact that although he’s not gushing about Rob, there does somehow, to me at least, seem like some backhanded compliments there – so no rushing him with the torches girls:

“Let’s look at the different career paths of the two major male stars from Twilight. Taylor Lautner is doing what seems to be boilerplate action/tentpole stuff: Abduction and possibly Stretch bloody Armstrong. Robert Pattinson, meanwhile, is going a little more high-minded, co-starring with Cristoph Waltz in Water For Elephants and now taking over for Colin Farrell in David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis. I know which actor I can respect more, without question. But what does this mean for the dedicated David Cronenberg fan?

I expect a lot of Cronenberg fans just exhaled a sad or exasperated sigh, for starters. I’ll admit that my own interest in Cosmopolis just took a dive. It’s a weird situation, where I can really respect Robert Pattinson for taking the gig, but him doing so really seems to ding the movie’s potential.

But what the hell; I’ve trusted Cronenberg for years and I’ll trust him again now. In the same way that I hope John Hillcoat can do a little technical rehab on Shia LeBeouf in The Wettest County in the World, I’m hoping that Cosmopolis will be a vessel to break Mr. Pattinson out of his Twilight mode. (And, to be fair, the Twilight films are hardly a venue in which to judge an actor — they’re so specific, and so dumb, that I think they could make even Daniel Day-Lewis look terrible.)

Pattinson will be onscreen a great deal in this film. Cosmopolis is about a whizkid financial guy — presumably a much more dynamic role than Twilight offers — and takes place almost entirely in a limo that is transporting him across the city during the course of a day. Other cast is attached (Marion Cotillard) or in talks (Paul Giamatti).  No confirmation on those names yet, or on additional cast members.

Meanwhile, how big of a Total Recall fan — or a paycheck fan — is Colin Farrell to choose Len Wiseman’s new Total Recall over working with David Cronenberg? I like Farrell a lot, and think he’s made some interesting and generally good choices in his career. But this one is a serious WTF situation.”

Hahaha I have to agree with the last paragraph – imagine choosing to do a remake rather than this film – oh then again if he hadn’t …

  • Vertigo
    Posted on January 09, 2011

    LOL Maria, aren’t we glad Colin made that decision.

    Thanks for the great find of an article Maria. At first yes, I wanted to rush at him with the torches but then realised that this is a genuine concern being expressed because he’s only been exposed to Rob through the franchise. He is however prepared to keep an open mind to Rob because he believes in Cronenberg and the man is a genius afterall. This is very exciting, not only because the director sees what Rob is capable of bringing to the limo, but because there are probably so many of David’s fans who are freaking out and Rob is about to crack an entirely new audience. Squeeee!

  • Carmel
    Posted on January 09, 2011

    @ Vertigo, I believe there were 1 or 2 Twilight fans concerned about the casting of Rob as Edward too. LOL No matter what you feel about the Saga, there can be no argument that Rob has made that role a silver scene icon. I suspect Rob may relish the idea of converting the Cronenberg skeptics.

  • Carmel
    Posted on January 09, 2011

    Oopps Should read silver screen icon.

  • mema
    Posted on January 10, 2011

    its good wards for Rob and a big chance to work withe great Cronenberg and no one talk about Remember me its what make us to love him more
    Cosmopolis this store will pout him in a higher place in movie world all the luck for him

  • ephie
    Posted on January 10, 2011

    I was the same at first @vertigo, I wanted to look for the pitch fork…LOL…But I can see where he is coming from and that at least he respects Rob for his choices after the Twi Saga. Furthermore I don’t think someone of Cronenberg’s calibre would trust the lead to Rob if he did not believe in his abilities, would he?? From what I ‘ve read so far they ‘ve been trying to get this movie made for a while now. Hollywood knows what Rob is capable of and slowly the critics will realise it too.
    So proud of you Rob, this is such a big deal and so well deserved.

  • Cindy
    Posted on January 10, 2011

    Thanks Maria a great read. And no we wont grab the torch and pitchforks yet! And thanks girls for bringing us all the great accurate and true news about Robs new role much appreciated ox

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