After five years, star loses his enthusiasm
While some may feel the Twilight movies have lived up to their ''Saga'' moniker, it has only been five years since the first film. For Robert Pattinson (pictured), now immortalised as glittery vampire Edward Cullen, the time may not have exactly flown, but it has certainly moved at a superhuman speed from tree to tree.
''It feels like it's gone on for a really short time,'' he says.
''When I look at clips and things from the first movie, I'm like 'oh, wow, I was a lot younger then'. I think you kind of, ironically, get stuck. You stop ageing - I think I've stopped mentally ageing since I did the first one. My life hasn't changed.''
Robert Pattinson has no fondness for being called RPatz. Photo: Marco Del Grande
Pattinson reflects that Edward's ageless quality made his job as an actor easier.
''The wonderful thing about it is just doing five movies playing the same character, who doesn't change, doesn't age,'' he says.
Yet those consistencies ultimately proved to be hurdles for developing his character’s journey. “He’s achieved everything he wants to achieve in the first movie; he just wants to be with Bella. It’s difficult to think of where to go with it.”
The teen heart-throb, whose career has skyrocketed off the back of the franchise, admits he has lost enthusiasm for the role. “It was good that there was different directors every single time,” he says. “That’s where probably the last one was hard, because up until then each movie had a different director. Doing two in a row you start to run out of ideas a little bit. Yeah it is difficult to stay invested.”
As a 26 year old male, Pattinson isn’t exactly a member of the Twilight target audience, and he admits that he does find the story silly at times. “A lot of the time, but you kind of get that with every movie. The core story of Twilight is very strange and this book is extremely strange.”
He recalls a particular day of shooting where his laughter rendered him somewhat less than constructive cast member. In the admittedly surreal scene, Edward sits with his now vampire wife Bella, watching Jacob, his former rival for her attentions, covet their infant daughter.
“It’s the first Christmas as a family and Jacob’s sitting holding Renesmee’s hand,” he recalls. “I actually remember it was one of the first things we shot. I don’t even have a line. I wasn’t even on camera. I was supposed to be Taylor [Lautner]’s eye line ... and I was just sitting there, tears coming out of my eyes the whole time. I’m the worst, absolutely no help to anyone else in the room. But it is funny in a whole lot of ways.”
Pattinson admits to envying Jacob’s romance with an infant though - as it would have given him something different to do – before hypothesising on the potential plot twist. “I would love to have had that as part of my character. If say Jacob was with someone and he had a baby and I imprinted on the baby and I had to explain that to Bella.
“How do you get people to empathise with you at that point?” If it meant another Twilight film was made, that empathy would likely be easily found in the franchise’s many fans.