October 26th, 2020 / No Comments

Robert Pattinson Deserves Oscar Recognition


Jon Mendelsohn has written an interesting opinion piece for CBR.com on why he believes Rob deserves Oscar recognition. I do agree with him that Rob’s performance in The Rover is underrated and I believe is clearly one of his formative roles. Below is an excerpt, but you should check out Jon’s entire article by clicking on the link:

A-list actor Robert Pattinson is probably best known for his portrayal of teenage vampire Edward Cullen in the young adult film franchise Twilight, and while that performance did not earn him respect as a serious actor, Pattinson has proven to the world that he is a brilliant performer and a force to be reckoned with.

A majority of his roles post-Twilight are heavy-hitting indies, such as The Rover, Good Time and The Lighthouse. Even Pattinson’s portrayal in the new Batman movie seems gritty and dark. This year, Pattinson has given what is most likely his best performance in Netflix’s The Devil All The Time, and it’s time for the actor to get a supporting actor nomination at this year’s Oscars.

Two years after a career-defining 2012, Pattinson did not continue on his path of being an icon for teens, but instead opted to pursue more serious roles. Pattinson delivered what may be his first true powerhouse performance in the Australian dystopian western, The Rover. Pattinson played the childlike Reynolds who serves as a sidekick and nuisance to Guy Pearce’s Eric. Pattinson dove into this meaty role headfirst, without hesitation, and really let himself go, fully embodying this simple yet mysterious person. Pattinson gave the character so much depth and heart, making the end of the film much more heartbreaking than it could have been if a different actor was given the role.

2020 is the year that Robert Pattinson acted in his first Hollywood blockbuster since the final Twilight film, which was Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Although a departure from the actor’s usual work as of late, Nolan is still an auteur and Tenet is nowhere near the genre that made Pattinson famous. The actor is slated to play Batman in Matt Reeves’ new interpretation of the caped crusader, which one would think would be a mainstream role, but Pattinson’s Batman seems to deviate from the norm in the best way.

After all of Pattinson’s incredible performances, he has really outdone himself in Netflix’s The Devil All the Time. In the dark thriller, Pattinson plays a predatory preacher who manipulates everybody around him. Pattinson changed his voice and posture drastically, making this probably the biggest transformation the actor has gone through for a role. Pattinson has never received any attention from the Academy, but now, especially since Netflix films will be getting full attention at the 2021 Oscars due to the current pandemic, the talented actor may finally get recognized by one of Hollywood’s most prestigious award ceremonies.

October 20th, 2020 / No Comments

The Casting Frontier Discusses Robert Pattinson in The Devil All the Time


From Casting Frontier:

Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of the duplicitous southern preacher Preston Teagardin in Antonio Campos’ The Devil All the Time is clearly a watershed moment for the young actor..it could be credibly argued that the wicked Reverend Preston of The Devil All the Time is next-level stuff. So convincing is Pattinson’s performance as a born and bred southern-fried evangelist, it’s hard to believe he is actually a genuine posh English chap. The accent he conjures for the violent gothic thriller is something out of a very rich, intriguing, mysterious, and beguiling place—and it was all forged by Pattinson himself!

As any actor knows, acting isn’t merely learning the lines and reciting them with an appropriation of verisimilitude and feeling. It’s about discovering the soul lurking within the character at hand and exploring the possibilities. Exploring the idiosyncrasies of that unique and particular creation. Then performing it all with creativity, passion, and imagination.

Normally, it takes a lot of preparation, time, and hard work alongside a vocal coach for actors to master their character’s accents. Granted, some performers must really struggle at the methodical task. Others seem to pick up the many subtleties of speech with relative ease. But in this case, Pattinson tried a new approach—a playful approach.

It serves as a reminder to think outside the carton, take a few risks, dare to look foolish. Perhaps something extraordinary will be the result—just look at Robert Pattinson in The Devil All The Time.

October 15th, 2020 / No Comments

A look into Robert Pattinson’s twisted sonic world | The McGill Tribune

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It’s difficult to pin down what about these accents cement Pattinson so distinctly. Maybe Pattinson just exudes a leading man charisma. Maybe it’s his self-aware humour. Maybe it’s the way that his physical appearance remains distinct no matter how unrecognizable his character’s voice is.

Michelle Siegel from The McGill Tribune has written an article about Rob and his “staggering array of accents”. It’s not the first time I’ve seen Rob compared to Nicholas Cage either. Below is an excerpt:

Any actor can do an accent—not necessarily well, and nothing to make note of either. But for Pattinson, his staggering array of accents have added to the mystique of his public persona.

There are roles where his accent is clearly well-researched: His role as a Queens native and frenetic bank robber Connie in 2017’s Good Time grounds his character with realistic gravitas. And then, there are roles where Pattinson’s accents seem to stand in stark contrast to the rest of the film, almost slapping the audience in the face with their surprising grandeur. 

In 2019’s The King, Pattinson plays the Dauphin of France. While the movie is not necessarily memorable, Pattinson is easily the film’s biggest standout, in part due to his outrageous affect. On the surface, his accent might just be an extravagant—albeit incorrect—French caricature that Pattinson allegedly based on several Dior employees with whom he had previously worked. Pattinson’s ridiculous accent, complemented by his equally ridiculous long and wavy wig, elevates the Dauphin to unprecedented levels of comedy in an otherwise grim, slow, and brooding movie.

Further, in 2020’s The Devil All the Time, Pattinson created a heinous and incorrect American Southern accent on his own, as he refused to work with the on-set dialect coach. As with his French accent in The King, Pattison’s absurdity should again feel out of place alongside more grounded vocal work, but it somehow improves the film by adding unintentional bouts of levity.   

It’s difficult to pin down what about these accents cement Pattinson so distinctly. Maybe Pattinson just exudes a leading man charisma. Maybe it’s his self-aware humour. Maybe it’s the way that his physical appearance remains distinct no matter how unrecognizable his character’s voice is. Perhaps the cultural resurgence of Twilight has brought renewed attention to Pattinson’s early accent work. Perhaps Pattinson is this generation’s Nicolas Cage, immortalized by internet culture regardless of the caliber of work in which he is found. 

October 4th, 2020 / 2 Comments

“Robert Pattinson is a Sex God”

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Carrie Wittmer from The Ringer decided to spend “four months, 30 movie stars, 128 sex scenes…researching which actors have had the most sexually ambitious careers”. It turns out Rob sits in at no. 2 and rightly so Carrie considers Rob a “sex God” – it’s not only you Carrie. Here are some of her findings:

I’ve spent the past four months watching sex scenes to determine which seeming sex symbols actually, you know, have sex in movies.

After curating a list of 30 men that best represents Hollywood in 2020, I figured out which films each actor has a sex scene in and watched those films, timing the scenes. 

Sex scene frequency (or infrequency) is inversely proportional to movie star status. The more commercially driven movies an actor is in, the fewer sex scenes the actor will have. Robert Pattinson—who moved toward working with weird, auteuristic directors post-Twilight before signing on to be Batman in 2020—and the Oscar-fare-only Leonardo DiCaprio will have the most sex scenes. 

Furthermore, actors who more frequently star in lower-budget productions and/or “serious” R-rated films—the kind the Academy pays attention to—probably appear in sex scenes more often. Without a major studio in control of a production and an actor’s image, riskier scenes are more likely. Pattinson, who was the star of a (very horny) major motion picture franchise and for the past decade has led weird indie films, falls under this category. He is also the first person I thought of when I thought about actors who have a lot of on-screen sex. A respected Oscar-winning actor like DiCaprio, who mostly stars in R-rated dramas by respected directors like Martin Scorsese, also represents the latter.

Robert Pattinson’s only bad sex scene is with Julianne Moore in a car in 2014’s Maps to the Stars. The movie is bad, but most importantly, their hearts just weren’t in it.

Robert Pattinson seemingly kisses Uma Thurman’s butt in Bel Ami (2012). This film was the hardest to find, because it is not available to rent on any platform in the United States. But I knew this movie was essential, because according to my research, it is the one in which Pattinson has the most sex. After weeks of searching, I convinced myself this movie had been erased from existence, and asked a friend to message a Robert Pattinson Tumblr account asking for Bel Ami sex GIFs (am I Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris?). The Robert Pattinson Tumblr account did not respond, because they probably thought my friend was a federal agent trying to catch stan accounts violating copyright laws. Eventually, though, I found a very legal streaming link that kept giving me pop-ups to a site called C*** Wars.

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September 24th, 2020 / No Comments

How Robert Pattinson is the New Anti-Hero of the Moment


“The evolution of his performance is undeniable”. Of course, we totally agree with this comment from the Fashion Industry Broadcast. Below is an excerpt from their article:

In his interview with GQ earlier in the year , Pattinson explained that although believed to be in part because of his alleged disdain towards the very franchise the launched his career, that the classic films fit seamlessly into the independent film world were simply “more his style”. Despite being “categorised” one way by Hollywood, he found that the only person who knew what he could and could not do, was him.

This anti-hero concept mirrors the eccentric style of Pattinson, not just in his career, but in his persona too. Blurring the lines between protagonist and antagonist, Pattinson’s history of acting in self-interest has caused serious critique of his work in the past, including many articles, ranking his films from worst to best. The evolution of his performance is undeniable, and in stepping back into the limelight of cinema, Pattinson has proved his flexibility and range as an actor has no limit. Each role is singular, and significantly different to the previous, a quality that is seemingly impossible to achieve, however, he has.

Most actors would not be willing to style and shoot their own covers for major magazine GQ, however, this was another opportunity Pattinson excelled at. Tasked with styling himself, as well as taking self-portraits – due to being in lockdown in London – he was able to channel the person he is still becoming, his inauthentic self. At 34, Pattinson is markedly different from the 22-year-old that landed the part of brooding vampire, Edward Cullen, but ultimately; it started the journey to where he is today.

He is honest with the fact that he uses his psyche, as a roadmap for channelling the characters he plays. This results in the raw emotion he is able to then carry throughout his performance which gives him the power to bring any character to life.

Although his current works are emphatically not Twilight-esque, they support his reputation as a marvellous actor who truly can play any part, so long as he wants to.

September 24th, 2020 / No Comments

Erik Singer thinks the music and melody of Robert Pattinson’s accent in The Devil All the Time is fascinating work

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IndieWire spoke with Hollywood dialect coach Erik Singer (apparently the internet’s go to expert on accents) who had this to say about Rob’s accent in The Devil All the Time:

“I mostly loved it,” Singer said of Pattinson’s accent. “First of all, I haven’t seen this noted anywhere, but the character’s actually from a different world. He’s from down in Tennessee. The fact that he does sound a little bit different from everybody else is in support of the story that they’re telling. There are a great many sharply and specifically observed features that are right for the place and time.”

“He’s a preacher who is absolutely in love with his capacities with language,” Singer added, noting the exuberance in Pattinson’s vocal delivery is a character trait and thus not a slight on his accent work. “He’s buying into his own magic, and he’s intoxicated by it.”

The one flaw Singer shared about Pattinson’s accent was his character’s opening monologue about chicken livers, to which Singer said he believed the actor was “not completely dialed in.” Other than that, Singer said, “I think his music and rhythm and melody is really fascinating work. It’s both of the place and time, but also of the character and his profession, and deeply idiosyncratic.”

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    The Batman Role: Bruce Wayne | Batman
    Director: Matt Reeves
    Release Date: 4 March 2022. Filming complete 13 March 2021. Check out our film page for updated release dates by clicking "News" below.

    Tenet Role: Neil
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    Director: Antonio Campos
    Release Date: 16 September 2020 - currently screening on Netflix

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    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).

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    Director: Robert Eggers
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    Release Date: World Premiere (Out of Competition) Venice Film Festival 2019 2 Sept 2019 | Still available on Netflix.

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