A sit-down chat with Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson.
Robert Pattinson.

Six years ago, Robert Pattinson was best known for his role as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Now, after five Twilight movies - the final instalment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, opening yesterday - and perpetual headlines about his relationship with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, 26-year-old Pattinson is very famous.

In a recent interview, he said he's still uncomfortable with the media attention and the crystal-shattering screams of fans everywhere he goes. But he is sure of one thing: If he is offered a part in the next Star Wars movie, he's totally game.

Some people have been critical of whether your personal lives are being used to market the Twilight movies, in particular your relationship with Kristen. What is your response to that?

Being critical of?

You know, people saying, "Their romantic relationship is being used as a marketing tool for the film."

[Pauses, then laughs] For one thing, it would be a terrible marketing tool and it's not utilised very well at all. People will say anything. I'm still amazed that people even believe anything [that's said about us].

It's one of the craziest things about the whole situation of celebrity gossip, celebrity culture-type stuff that's literally entirely made up. You have a set character and your storyline is written for you.

And it doesn't matter what you do. I talked to Reese Witherspoon about it and she was the person who really told me, you get given a character. I mean, I've tried to do things to throw people off and it just doesn't get printed.

So do you pay attention to the media, or do you tune out?

In some ways, you're forced to. But not really. It's not going to do any good.

Signing on to a film series like Twilight is a huge commitment, time-wise and to the same character. Having just completed this one, do you see yourself wanting to do that again in the near future?

The industry changes really quickly. It also seems like the only thing being made are franchise movies ... [That] only worries me because you just lose tons of control. As I get older, I mean - the stuff you put out into the world is supposed to be representative of who you are.

So it sounds like you could be interested in a franchise, but it would depend on what the project was.

Yeah, I think it's a powerful thing. You look at something like Star Wars. No one's going to call Star Wars a franchise.

If someone approached you with a part in it, would you want to do it?

In Star Wars? Oh, absolutely. In a heartbeat.

What if they asked you to play Jar Jar?

I actually kind of like Jar Jar. I don't understand what the big deal is about Jar Jar. AAP


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