Robert Pattinson is a born and raised Englishman. But after realizing his British accent hindered his chances of landing roles, the Twilight star pretended to be an American when he walked into auditions.
Pattinson portrayed a Britisher in projects like Vanity Fair and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire early in his career. But in 2008, he landed his breakthrough role as the brooding American vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight.
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Pattinson auditioned for several projects before joining the Twilight cast. And in a feature for GQ, the British actor revealed that casting directors would “always question” whether he could pull off an American accent. So instead of admitting he was from England, Pattinson pretended he was from America.
“I used to always come in as a different person, an American,” he recalled. “I’d say, ‘Hi, I’m from Michigan.’”
But everything changed when Twilight was released. The film turned Pattinson into an international superstar overnight. So when he went in to audition with his American spiel for Transformers 2, casting executives thought the actor was trying to be funny.
“I went in as some guy from Denver,” Pattinson said. “And they called my agent and were like, ‘What’s wrong with him? Why was he doing an improv? A really boring improv?’ ”
‘The Batman’ star admits he’s bad at auditioning
With the success of Twilight, Pattinson became a Hollywood A-lister and didn’t have to audition as much. And he attributed that early fame to keeping his career intact, admitting he’s “bad” at auditions.
“If I hadn’t gotten really lucky, and had instead been forced to audition all these years, I wouldn’t have a career at all,” Pattinson told GQ. “I’m so bad at it.”
In Pattinson’s early career, he vied for the same roles as Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield. And he recalled seeing his fellow British actors nail their auditions.
“Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield were so f***ing good at auditioning. It’s just unbelievable,” he revealed. “You’d see them, and then if you were waiting outside, you would literally hear casting directors inside going, ‘Oh, my God! Oh, my God!’ And you’d be like, ‘F***ing hell, who’s inside?’”
“And Eddie would come out and be like, ‘Hey, mate,’” Pattinson continued. “I’d be doing something thinking it was a comedy and suddenly hear these heaving sobs. I’m thinking, ‘Who has managed to get a sob out of this?’ And then f***ing Eddie comes out, goddamnit.”
Says The Batman Star Robert Pattinson
The Batman star Robert Pattinson believes that “DC is the kind of emo comic” because many of the publisher’s stories are sad and nihilistic.
The Batman star Robert Pattinson says the stories published by DC Comics are sad, emo and nihilistic. Speaking with GQ, Pattinson discussed his view of Batman’s comic book adventures. The actor said, “DC is the kind of emo comic.” Furthermore, Pattinson explained he found the art in DC’s books has a nihilistic side to it and believes The Batman channels elements of the comics into its narrative. “Hopefully, there are a lot of sad people in the world.”
While not everybody will agree with Pattinson’s perception of DC Comics, there is a precedent for his views. Many Batman stories are known to channel the emotional struggles of Bruce Wayne, whose career as a crimefighter spawned out of the tragic death of his parents.
This storyline has been the focus of multiple Batman media adaptations, playing out in films such as Batman, Batman Begins and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, to name a few. However, The Batman seems to be sidestepping these trappings by skipping the Dark Knight’s origin story altogether. Speaking on why he chose to avoid this iconic plot point, director Matt Reeves said, “It’s been done too much. I knew we couldn’t do that.”
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