September 30th, 2014 / 4 Comments


From The Hollywood Reporter:

David Cronenberg‘s Hollywood-centered family melodrama Maps to the Stars marks the veteran director’s second straight film with Twilight alum Robert Pattinson after 2012’s Cosmopolis.

Although many still see Pattinson as vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen, Cronenberg told The Hollywood Reporter he can easily look past that.

“I have no problem ignoring that,” the director said. “Of course I watched the first Twilight movie just to see what he was like and get a feel for his screen presence and so on and so on. … By the time you’re on the set, it’s just the two of you making movies. You forget your own movies too.”

Speaking to THR ahead of Saturday night’s New York Film Festival screening of Maps, Cronenberg explained that he wanted to work with Pattinson (who wasn’t in attendance at the New York event) on this movie not only because the director thinks of him as “a wonderful actor” and they “had a good time on Cosmopolis,” but also because it provided the opportunity for Pattinson to participate in the sort of ensemble film he’d told Cronenberg he wanted to do.

“He told me that he was scared about Cosmopolis because he had not really wanted to do a movie where he was the lead and had the whole movie on his shoulders,” the director explained. “And of course in that movie he’s in almost every scene. He said, ‘One day I’d love to do an ensemble piece where there are a lot of good actors and I’m just one of them.’ “

When Cronenberg was putting together Maps, he thought of his Cosmopolis star.

Pattinson’s work with Cronenberg is just part of his attempt to distance himself from the Summit vampire franchise through more serious, challenging roles, including parts in June’s The Rover, Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert and an upcoming collaboration with Harmony Korine.”

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  • silvie
    Posted on September 30, 2014

    You know what? The only reason I watched Twilight was to see Rob too. I can guarantee that if there was no Rob there would be no Twilight for me. Sorry if I have offended anyone.

  • Maria
    Posted on September 30, 2014

    That’s why I watched it @Silvie. And the first one is still my favourite – I think with the others there was too much expectation and unfortunately for me they didn’t deliver. Plus not even Clocktower Eddie can compete with Cafeteria *first glimpse* Eddie. Oh wait maybe that’s wrong … Clocktower Eddie was pretty memorable.

  • Carmel
    Posted on September 30, 2014

    Awww. Thanks David. That was really sweet. Rob got to fulfill his wish to do an ensemble piece, and another Cronenberg movie all at once, and we got TIFF Rob.

  • Julie- Sydney RobFan
    Posted on October 01, 2014

    Silvie, I agree with you. I had never read the books before hand. It wasn’t until after I saw NM that I actually read the books.

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