MoviesOnline: You’ve been playing Edward for 4 years, can you talk about the journey he’s taken through the series and what that’s been like for you personally?
Robert Pattinson: I think in the broadest terms about Edward’s journey, right from the beginning I took out, I just ignored the fact that he was a vampire and basically ignored the fact that he was 108, except for metaphorical purposes. You’re just left with a kind of troubled teenager. It’s a really simple story of him getting content with himself. He gets content by finding a woman and having a child which is I guess how a lot of troubled guys balance themselves out. At least that’s the hope anyway.
MoviesOnline: Bill Condon mentioned that you said Edward was self loathing and it was never presented as an element in the actual plot of the first three films.
Robert Pattinson: Yeah, I always thought that would be the key ingredient to Edward’s character. He’s a 108 year old guy who’s never achieved anything he’s wanted to achieve. He’s been stuck in adolescence. When you’re an adolescent, nothing is given to you. You think everything’s unfair, and he’s been living like that for 100 years. You’d eventually get to the point of desperation. It’s very difficult to portray that and to portray a love story at the same time unless you want to make a very different movie. I was trying to push for that angle at the same time. It’s funny but Bill was the first person to say, “I want to put this at the forefront” because Breaking Dawn is probably the happiest Edward’s been in the whole series. So perhaps it was the wrong moment to use that, but we did a couple of flashback scenes that kind of reflect his anger when he first turned into a vampire.
MoviesOnline: What about your own personal journey? What has this role done for you?
Robert Pattinson: It’s presented a whole variety of obstacles in terms of trying to grow and figure out who you want to be. It’s like having a very complicated maze to go through. You’re also being propelled by some kind of jet as well and trying to figure out how to go through a maze at the same time. I still feel like it hasn’t really slowed down. I’m still trying to figure out where I’m at. But it’s been fun. It’s totally bizarre to me. I’ve said it for years, I didn’t even know if I was going to continue acting before this happened, and now I have much more of a drive and passion for it than I ever did before.
MoviesOnline: The music is so important to these movies. What’s on your iPod right now? Are there any particular songs on your playlist?
Robert Pattinson: I always sound so pretentious. I hope I’m going to remember some people. There’s this band called Pato, like this ‘70s band which I really like and a pianist called Ahmad Jamal. I can’t remember anyone else, sorry. That’s so stupid. And Katy Perry! [joking]
MoviesOnline: Can you talk about your last moments of ever playing Edward? Kristen made a joke in the woods, and the scene where you turn her?
Robert Pattinson: She made a great joke in the woods? Oh yeah, she’s done that the whole series. The birth scene, I read the script before I read the book. It’s the first time I’d done that so I read that scene being kind of astonished. I knew it was crazy, the story, but I couldn’t believe that it was actually written down and we were going to do it. It was terrifying going into it. It ended up being this kind of – - it was one of the most incredible scenes to do in this movie. There’s definitely an R Rated or NC 17 rated version of a few scenes in this movie. It was just incredible to do that. Because of the violence, it gave you a lot of freedom in the scene. Having every character so desperate, it suddenly became something very, very different. Especially for Edward who’s always held back, who’s a pacificist and he’s very objective and logical about everything, to do this thing where you’re suddenly playing Edward stuck between an emaciated dummy’s legs, chewing through a placenta, getting cream cheese and strawberry jam all over your face, and then pulling out a three-week-old baby afterwards, with a wig on. It’s like something out of a Bunuel movie.
MoviesOnline: What about your last moments playing Edward?
Robert Pattinson: The very last moments I was in St. Thomas in the Caribbean, on the beach. It was kind of incredible. It was the only time I’d ever experienced anything like that in the Twilight movie. The last scene with everyone, it was kind of horrible because it was freezing cold, it was after two weeks of night shoots. I think everyone just scattered after the scene. “Yeah, that’s the end of Twilight” and it was five in the morning, it was freezing cold, pouring rain. At least it was kind of symbolic of how all the movies were shot, just freezing cold and pouring rain all the time. It doesn’t feel like the end of it yet, and also because the press tours have become so huge and you’re always being asked about it all the time. To me, this feels like part of the process of making the movies. Until the last one’s released, I don’t really feel like I’ve finalized anything.
MoviesOnline: Have you ever had a moment in real life like Edward did in the wedding where you’re super nervous but also genuinely happy?
Robert Pattinson: Yeah, a lot. I think it’s whenever you’re really genuinely happy, you’re also terrified. You’re kind of out of control. You’re always a little bit nervous and I think that’s the perfect level of happiness, when you’re kind of terrified at the same time. I think I’ve felt that many, many times.
MoviesOnline: When have you felt that recently?
Robert Pattinson: I can’t even think. It’s kind of lame, but I was walking around in Paris the other day. Actually no, that’s a terrible idea. That doesn’t work at all. I can’t remember a specific example, sorry!
MoviesOnline: You’ve done all these huge franchise films. What do you like doing really? The small independent film? The big film? Are you gunning for Harrison Ford’s record of doing every franchise that’s out there? What’s next for you?
Robert Pattinson: I don’t know. I really approach things almost the exact same way until you’re actually on the set. Smaller movies are great because you don’t have to argue with so many people all the time. But really I kind of like arguing so there’s a balance either way. With independent movies it’s nice to see a director who’s so pleased with it. It’s so rare when someone’s giving someone the money to do something and they let them do it. I just worked with David Cronenberg and just to see him, he’s left alone by everyone because obviously he’s proved himself time and time again. It’s really strange. I’ve never worked with someone with absolutely no pressure from anywhere else apart from themselves and from the environment which they’ve chosen to work in. It’s kind of nice to know that the pressure is not caused by compromises or anything like that. They’ve taken responsibility on themselves and it’s really up to them to make it what they want, and people get a lot more pleasure out of it than having to sometimes give up a lot just because there’s so much money involved, or you’re working on a franchise when you have to think about the audience and you have to think about the previous movies. It’s a different thing in some ways.
MoviesOnline: You’ve talked about wanting to get back into music. Have you been recording anything? Is music still a priority for you?
Robert Pattinson: Yeah. I record stuff a lot but I don’t know, there’s something about doing movies, I can handle the criticism because you can always blame it on someone else. There’s 100s of people to blame it on, but with music, as soon as you put something out there, you’re basically, really, because everyone judges it if you’re an actor and you’ve made some money and stuff, you’re basically only putting an album out there for people to judge it. I don’t necessarily want people to judge it nor care what they say but also I know if I put an album out, the day it comes out I know I’m going to be on the internet looking at stuff and I’ll probably shoot myself. So I don’t know if it’s worth shooting myself over.
MoviesOnline: Could you put it out under an alias?
Robert Pattinson: I kind of like the idea of that but it’s also very embarrassing if you get caught.
MoviesOnline: You guys were immortalized earlier today at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. How do you feel about that? Can you remember your first experience in Hollywood?
Robert Pattinson: It’s kind of incredible. I stayed at the Magic Castle the first few times I came to LA when I was like 17. I used to walk down there all the time and had no idea that Hollywood Blvd. looked the way that it does. I was totally unemployable. It wasn’t even in the realm of any kind of understanding and it still isn’t at all. I don’t really feel like I’ve even done it. I feel like there’s just this wave that happened and I’m just on it. I’ve never really had any kind of, it’s difficult, I feel like I’m going to feel the personal connection in 20 years from now. I feel like now it’s just all part of the same thing. I was kind of embarrassed when I did it because I messed it up and stood on my own handprints. The one handprint is messed up. But it’s incredible. It represents something amazing. I think it’s totally ridiculous. I don’t even know how to feel about it. It’s just kind of mind blowing.
MoviesOnline: You guys experienced an extravagant wedding. Would you want one of those in your own life?
Robert Pattinson: It does seem like a bit of a hassle. I was just doing an interview with Kristen. She got all annoyed with me for saying that the groom’s role in a wedding is basically just as a prop. Even playing the part, you kind of realize it’s such a clear indication of whose day it is when you’re standing at one end of the aisle and the entire congregation is looking at the girl, and you’re in the same suit as every other guy in the place and you’re just kind of waiting, and she’s in a princess dress walking down. It’s really just any guy who tries to get involved in organizing a wedding, or even has an opinion of what the wedding should be, then they’re kind of ridiculous. It’s really whatever your wife decides to do.
MoviesOnline: So that’s a no?
Robert Pattinson: What? Doing a fancy one? I really don’t mind. I just don’t want to have to wear a silly outfit. That’s the only thing that you have to think about.
MoviesOnline: Would you and Kristen ever work together after this franchise is over?
Robert Pattinson: Yeah, definitely.
MoviesOnline: How’s “Bel Ami” coming along? Have you seen it?
Robert Pattinson: I think it’s coming out in February. I haven’t seen it. No. But everyone says it’s going to be pretty cool.
“Breaking Dawn, Part I” opens in theaters onNovember 18th.