Roundtable With Robert Pattinson
                                        Star of "Twilight"
                              Dallas , Texas , November 11, 2008
 
 
Roundtable:  How did this role come about for you?
RP:  Pretty much in the conventional way:  I auditioned, I liked the people involved, I got the part.
I didn't have any idea at the time what a phenomenon this was.  If I did, I wouldn't have been able to do it.
Within a week after it was announced, there was a petition to the production company, signed by 75,000 people on the Internet, asking that I not be given the role of Edward Cullen.  I'd played in a Viking movie when I was 17 (four years before), and some of these people were apparently basing their judgment of me on that performance.  But the whole thing was crazy.  75,000 people!  So that was the start of it.
Roundtable:  Some of your public appearances seem to have gotten out of hand.  Has that felt weird to you?
RP:  Yeah, Mexico City was the craziest one.  There was literally, like, a riot.  We couldn't get out.  There were people on top of the car and stuff.  And we had like 1,000 people running after us, and then we had to stop and pay for the parking! (laughs)  And it's also embarrassing with all the security, considering most of it is teenage girls.  Well, I guess they are kind of unpredictable.....but, it keeps you kind of grounded to know that you're being idolized for the part, and it's not really about me.  It's not annoying right now---next year it may be.  But I know I can't play 17 forever, either.
Roundtable:  How do you not get pigeonholed as a teen idol?
RP:  By not doing everything the production companies tell you to do about publicity.  I'm not worried about being politically correct, and I didn't take the part for the money.  And I had no idea I'd be famous afterwards.  I guess the key is staying honest.  Anyway, I'm aging so rapidly now I don't think I'll have to worry about being a teen idol for much longer.  Last year at this time I didn't have a job at all.
Roundtable:  The last movie you did was about Salvadore Dali.  How much of a change of pace was this?
RP:  Yeah, well, that was such a low-budget operation.  It was the first time I'd really obsessed over a part.  It taught me to build a character differently than just with the script.  A lot of the cast and crew were Spanish-speaking, and I don't speak Spanish, so I just turned into my acting, and I brought that work ethic with me to this film.  I was in Oregon for 2 1/2 months by myself before the crew even arrived, just working on the part.  With the Dali movie, there was no money, so it was hectic that way, because you had to get stuff done.  For this film, it was hectic because they knew they were setting up a franchise.
Roundtable:  How does it feel to have your picture on posters and t-shirts and lunch boxes?
RP:  I look at those pictures, and I don't feel like it's me.  I don't connect with it.
Roundtable:  What was it like working with (Director) Catherine Hardwicke?
RP:  Yeah, I thought at first it was going to be like her other films:  gritty, real, you know, hand-held (camera), independent-type movie.  I was surprised when it wasn't that.  It was a lot of stunts and stuff.  It's a lot more smooth and glossy than her other films.  But I think she was good for me and Kristen (Stewart) finding our absolute darkest side for this.  And Catherine has such an un-cynical, un-ironic view of perfect love.  It was good.  She'd say, "It does exist.  It does exist."  And we'd go, "All right."  (laughs)
Roundtable:  Have you been able to see the whole film with an audience?
RP:  I never watch my own films.  Ever.  The last one was "Harry Potter", and that was because I was trapped in the theater, there wasn't an exit door.
Roundtable:  What about a sequel?
RP:  I guess they'd have to shoot it in the same time period, because of the weather (cloudy all the time, no sunlight).  February.  So they have to decide if they're going to do it like the day after this one's released.
 
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Greenville , Texas