January 26th, 2020 / 0 comments


image host

New interview with Vanity Fair. Rob talks about The Lighthouse, Dior Homme and working out.

Partway through The Lighthouse, the Robert Eggers film about two keepers jostling over control of the flame and their own wits, we get the distinct sense that Robert Pattinson is most comfortable on the fringes of comfort. Drunken howling, ferocious masturbation, wheelbarrow marches that could only be marginally less grueling on the player than the played: Pattinson, rather insanely, seems to relish it all. Willem Dafoe, as the elder wickie, sets his wild eyes ablaze, but we half-wonder if Pattinson carries his unhinged zaniness off-camera, too.

“There’s definitely a part of me that is sort of perverse,” Pattinson says in a call from London, a hint of thrill in his voice. Take, for one, the dominant smell on set. “Lots of rotting fish everywhere. Of all the sensory parts of that experience, the smell was probably the worst,” he recalls, more as qualification than complaint. “I like it when things are just kind of grimy the whole time.”

The actor’s newest role, then—playing the beau in a Dior Homme eau de toilette campaign, released today—is quite the foil. In the 45-second spot, directed by the French production duo The Blaze, Pattison plays it straight. As in, Fantasy Heterosexual Male. He wordlessly orchestrates under-table makeouts; he sweeps a protective arm on a sketchy walk home; he spoons shirtless on a white shag rug. Selling fragrance always is about selling sex (his previous campaign included). But the cologne’s press notes dare you to blush. “The new Dior Homme is crafted from a block of frank, sensual wood,” it reads. Well, then! It’s the olfactory equivalent of the carved ivory mermaid that serves as the lust object in The Lighthouse. Or maybe it’s the light itself: warm and enveloping, cloaking you even when you’re naked.

“In the last five or six years, I’ve almost exclusively played weirdos,” Pattinson says with a laugh. “It was almost a relief to be like, ‘At least I’ve got Dior coming out, so I don’t look like I’m just completely enveloped by the dark side yet.’ ” That embrace of off-kilter characters—in the hands of directors like Werner Herzog, Claire Denis, and the Safdie brothers—was a pendulum swing away from the Twilight saga. With this summer’s Tenet from Christopher Nolan and next year’s anticipated The Batman, the recent days of relative anonymity seem numbered. All the more reason to reflect on simple pleasures, coping mechanisms, and things that tickle the nose.

Vanity Fair: The mermaid in The Lighthouse makes me think Daryl Hannah’s character in Splash—when she unfurls in a bathtub filled with Morton’s salt. Are you partial to baths?

Robert Pattinson: I like the idea of getting in the bath, and then, as soon as I get in, there’s something incredibly claustrophobic [about it]. It’s weird. I could never really understand how girls could just stay in the bath for hours and hours and hours. I always feel like I’m always on the cusp of a panic attack! I got a very nice bath when I was redecorating my house, and I don’t think I’ve been in it one time.

You grew a mustache for this movie. What reactions did you get with it, and was it difficult to settle into?

The two times I’ve done a movie where I have had quite significant facial hair—I do not understand men who choose to do this to themselves. The idea of having a mustache as your go-to look for your whole life [means] you’ve got to be out of your mind. It’s like having a stone in your shoe every day. You’re constantly sneezing, constantly covered in food. When we were in Nova Scotia, having a mustache definitely [helped you] fit in a little bit more with fishermen; I think you’d get more abuse if you didn’t have one. It definitely does encourage you to have a whole bunch of different facial expressions. I think I was just constantly trying to keep my hairs out of my nostrils.

How do you describe the feelings that this fragrance evokes?

I don’t really wear fragrance that often. When I got sent this one, I was on vacation in Ibiza, and it was really quiet. I’m always going to associate the scent with the sun going down, having a beautiful meal on the beach. Putting a fragrance on, it does make you feel more relaxed. Rather than just rushing out the door, it’s almost like you’re hyping yourself up to have a good time. Hyping yourself up to be relaxed.

There’s a great sense of physicality with you—both in The Lighthouse, where you go from slow-dancing to sparring, and in the campaign, with shadow-boxing and dance moves that read like private exorcisms. Were those improvisations or choreography?

It was just improvising. I’m absolutely terrified of dancing. The Blaze, who did the commercial—their music videos always have really amazing dance sequences. But I found out, when I started doing [the campaign], that everyone in their videos is either a professional boxer or a professional dancer. That’s why they’re really good! I’ve wanted to do something about dance for a really long time because I’m just so scared of dancing; I wanted to force myself into it. I feel so naked dancing. There’s a part of me that so desperately wants to be a really good dancer that I can’t quite bear to be a bad dancer. But I’m not entirely sure that I have good dancer in me. The scene in the commercial, it really is an exorcism. The sweat that’s on me at the end is not so much the sweat of exertion, it’s the sweat of terror.

What’s your usual mode of working out?

I think I have a similar thing to most people where I’ll dread working out, and then as soon as I’ve worked out for a week, I’m like, “Amazing! I feel so much better. I love working out!” Then I’ll stop and completely forget that I really liked it, and have to go through the exact same cycle again—avoiding it at all costs. But in general, just before a job, it’s almost always a question of leaning down really quickly. So I’ll wait till the last possible minute, and then do extreme lean-down in two weeks. I’m doing Batman next year, and really it’s such a physical part that, more than anything, I’m afraid of getting injured, so I kind of need to be consistent with the working out. I have a trainer, who I really love, in London. If someone’s not watching over you, it’s so easy to work out in a really undisciplined way. I’ve given myself crazy tennis elbow just from being idiotic when you’re trying to lift too-heavy weights. I think simple stuff works the best. If you’re in hotel rooms all the time, planking is such an incredible thing to do. It’s really meditative as well. You don’t have to think about. It’s difficult to do it wrong, and the results are pretty incredible.

You’ve joked that the return to the spotlight has the perk of free stuff. What in the beauty realm might be a delight to receive?

Sheet masks—the fancier, the better. I used to be a little bit embarrassed about wearing them, and now I’m just full-on committed. That’s one of the best things about working with Dior: They can just send me as many as I want! As soon as I get on a plane, I just shove that thing on, and put an eye mask over the top. People really don’t talk to you as well. You look very American Psycho.

Leave a Reply



Current Mood
image host
Rob’s Promo Schedule
image host
  • NO UPCOMING APPEARANCES
  • Rob’s Film Schedule
    The Batman Role: Bruce Wayne | Batman
    Director: Matt Reeves
    Release Date: 4 March 2022. Filming commenced 27 Jan 2020 | Filming recommenced 17 September 2020. Check out our film page for updated release dates by clicking "News" below.



    Tenet Role: Neil
    Director: Christopher Nolan
    Release Date: 26 August 2020 - check out our film page for all upcoming theatrical and DVD release dates by clicking on "News" below



    Waiting for the Barbarians Role: Warrant Officer Mandel
    Director: Ciro Guerra
    Release Date: Australia on Digital & DVD 7 October 2020. To find other release dates head over to our dedicated film page by clicking on "News" below.



    The Devil All the Time Role: Preston Teagardin
    Director: Antonio Campos
    Release Date: 16 September 2020 - currently screening on Netflix



    The Stars at Noon Role: Unamed Englishman
    Director: Claire Denis
    Release Date: 2021 possibly 2022 due to COVID-19. Pre-Production: 18 February 2020 (Filming rumoured April 2021 but looks like will be delayed due to Claire working on another project).


    The Lighthouse Role: Ephraim Winslow
    Director: Robert Eggers
    DVD releases at Film Page - click News below



    The King Role: The Dauphin of France
    Director: David Michôd
    Release Date: World Premiere (Out of Competition) Venice Film Festival 2019 2 Sept 2019 | Still available on Netflix.



    Information for all of Robert's past films can also be found at RPAU's individual film pages by clicking photo below.
    RPAU Exclusives
    RPAU's Exclusive Interview with Robert Pattinson on the Red Carpet at The Rover Premiere Sydney Film Festival 2014.



    Robert Pattinson and David Michôd respond to RPAU's Question at the Official Sydney Press Conference for The Rover June 2014.



    Other interviews with RPAU on the Red Carpet at The Rover Premiere Sydney Film Festival 2014 can be found at The Rover Master Post.
    RPAustralia Twitter
    RPAustralia Calendar
    imgbox

    Free Download 2021 RPAU Calendar

    image host
    Thanks to Suze
    Rob’s Fanmail Address
    UK Address
    Robert Pattinson
    c/o Curtis Brown Group Ltd.
    Haymarket House
    5th Floor, 28-29
    Haymarket London, SW1Y 4SP
    England

    US Address
    Robert Pattinson
    c/o William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment
    Stephanie Ritz
    9601 Wilshire Blvd. Floor 3
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    USA
    Site Meter
    Rob Fans Online: 514,910
    Total Views: 7,253,160
    About Us
  • Site Opened: 4 November 2008
  • Email Us: robertpattinsonau@gmail.com (for tips & suggestions) & robertpattinsonau@hotmail.com
  • Hosted by: Dreamhost
  • Designed by: GratrixDesigns.co.uk

  • Follow us on Twitter







    Search
    Disclaimer
    Robert Pattinson Australia is not affiliated with Robert Pattinson or his management in any way. Any form of copyright infringement is unintended. We respect Robert's right to privacy and do not post intrusive photos or information about his private life. Respecting Robert because actions speak louder than words.


    005.jpg
    009.jpg
    007.jpg
    008.jpg
    005.jpg
    004.jpg
    006.jpg
    009.jpg
    008.jpg
    007.jpg
    006.jpg
    005.jpg
    002.jpg
    003.jpg
    004.jpg
    001.jpg
    001~0.jpg
    09.jpg
    08.jpg
    07.jpg
    04.jpg
    05.jpg
    06.jpg
    01.jpg
    03.jpg
    02.jpg
    002.jpg
    003.jpg
    001.jpg
    AP_28329.jpg
    AP_28529.jpg
    AP_28429.jpg
    AP_28829.jpg
    004.jpg
    AP_28629.jpg
    AP_28929.jpg