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> I interviewed Robert Pattinson, HPP and other fan sites interview with Rob!
post Nov 4 2008, 06:50 AM
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Yesterday, thanks to Summit Ent, I (along some other Twilight and Harry Potter fan sites) had the chance to interview Robert Pattinson!!! Rob portrayed Cedric Diggory in Goblet of Fire and Edward Cullen in the Twilight film. You can listen or download the interview at this link. (I'm posting this in a few different places for everyone to see).

Here's the transcript. I asked the questions for Harry Potter's Page (of course) and for Bella And Edward dot com, who I help post news for.
Q: How has going from a normal teenager to a heartthrob in the US changed you?
A: Um, I hope it hasnít really changed me at all. I donít feel like it has. I donít feel any different than I did before. I guess my friends would have to judge me. But, I donít think that I feel any different.
Q: Well, thatís good. How do you keep yourself grounded?
A: I guess Iím kind of a hypercritical person. Yeah, I mean, I guess I have a lot of ambition, which I didnít realize when I was younger, so everything that happens to me kind of pales in comparison to my ambition.

Q: Are you totally exhausted from doing all the publicity?
A: A little bit, yeah.
Q: A lot of our visitors want to know about your music. Can you talk about some of your musical influences? You know, your favorite bands, and how you like to discover music.
A: I guess I like a lot of old blues. I really love Van Morrison. Iíve been obsessed with Van Morrison for years. A guy called Terry Reed, a 70s singer. How do I discover music? I donít know. I very rarely discover music. I just kind of Ė by fluke Ė a lot of my friends are musicians so I listen to their stuff a lot. I find them and I know I like them, so I stick with it.

Q: We have a question about the stunt work in the film. From all the promotions that weíve seen, there seems to be a massive extent of stunt work. We were wondering if you could share with us your favorite stunt or the most difficult stunt you did for the film personally.
A: Thereís on part during the ballet [studio] scene where Ė which it was actually my idea Ė which I liked, which was, thereís a point where me and James kind of have this mid-air collision. I donít know if itís been shown yet in any of the clips. I like Ė there was a shot in ďAlexanderĒ by Oliver Stone where the elephants rears up against the horse, and I kind of wondered, and I thought Iíd like that shot with Edward and James. So that was a kind of complicated set up. That was kind of fun. Some of the stunts were really dangerous, so they didnít actually let me do some of them. That was probably the coolest. The hardest one was just doing the running because it was so painful and very difficult to make it look real because Iím not the most coordinated of people
Q: Why was it painful?
A: Because youíre balancing your entire weight on two straps, like in your crotch, and also being pulled at 35 MPH and pretending to run, which makes it chafe against everything. It was just really, really unpleasant. And to make it real, you really have to go into the most painful position. Like if you try to do anything to ease the pain, it makes it look really fake. So it wasnít really fun.

Q: Assuming that thereís going to be more Twilight films, do you think that this series can do for you what Harry Potter did for Dan Radcliffe?
A: How do you mean? You mean, like I guess the same level of fame? I donít know, maybe. I mean, people are really obsessed with the books like they are for Harry Potter. But itís actually a different kind of obsession. I donít know if Iíd be able to handle that anyway. I think it is a possibility depending on how well it does, I guess.
Q: Are the Twilight fans crazier than the Harry Potter fans?
A: I donít know, because I didnít do too many promotional things for Harry Potter. I did a lot of press junkets and stuff, but not a lot of actual kind of confrontations with the fans, like Iíve done with this. Iíve done quite a few with this. So, Iíve never really seen the extent of this, like what I did at the premieres, which is what I expected. But with this I never expect anything, I mean people just scream, they scream at the trailer, people just go nuts. So, itís a new experience.

Q: What, if any, characteristics to you share with Edward?
A: I think, not that many, but Iíd like to think I was quite humble, which I think he is. Another thing I was thinking of recently is his singularity, and his affections and how seriously he takes his emotions. If he doesnít feel something 100% then he doesnít trying to pretend to anyone that he does. I guess Iím kind of similar to him in that respect.

Q: In a recent interview, you mentioned that youíd like to be a writer. Is that something youíd still like to do in the future?
A: Yeah, definitely. I think a lot of actors want to be writers. I think thatís because you have so little control over the way you play parts and the way youíre allowed to play them. I think it helps if you write. I wanted to write before I did acting. Yeah, Iím definitely interested in writing.

Q: What was your craziest fan encounter on and off set?
A: On set, I guess the weirdest thing was that someone gave me their baby to take a photo with it. And off set, I think, probably, ComicCon, when I went there and there were so many people screaming. That was pretty intense.

Q: I understand that you wrote a journal when you first arrived to Oregon to write down your thoughts as Edward. Can you give any details on what you wrote? And if you had, or you could have, written one for Cedric Diggory, what would you have written?
A: I donít know where this journal thing came from. I mean, I just wrote tons and tons of notes. I mean, I had four or five different version s of the script. I mean, just because, when you look at the character from an outside perspective at the beginning, when youíre trying to figure out how to play it, it just seems totally and utterly impossible, and so, I kind of Ė it just took me an very long time to actually figure out how to humanize it. If I just played it as this kind of enigma, then it would be really boring. So, I was just trying to write down the exact meaning of every single line which he says in terms of subtext, and with Edward, thereís so much subtext. I can hardly think of anything specifically for Cedric. What would I have written for Cedric? I donít knowÖwith Cedric, I just felt very natural doing a lot of his stuff. I guess because it was my first really big thing, I kept telling myself, ĎItís not a big deal, itís not a big deal, itís okay if you make up a line or something.í
Q: Do you feel you related more to Cedric, then?
A: No, not really. I mean, I knew a guy just like Cedric when I went to school. I was thinking of him a lot when I was doing it, but thereís bits and pieces, but, uh, I relate to a lot of stuff with Edwardís character as well.

Q: How do you get into the mindset of playing a character like Edward, whoís not human, and has these non-human abilities, and with mindreading, and has skin like marble. How do you bring that to the screen?
A: I guess, once you decide to play something, you have to say, these are the facts of the character, and you just have to commit to a belief in them. So, if it says Ďyouíre reading minds,í heís reading minds the entire time, so I was trying to get that into my head. Most of the time it was a question of humanizing it. Like, itís every little aspect. Like, how would you, as an individual, behave and think, for instance, if you were a thousand times stronger than a human being or a thousand times faster, and it suddenly came out of nowhere. You just normalize everything, and thatís what I tried to do. So, I guess thatís what I tried to do. Just try and make it relatable to some aspect of myself.

Q: What is your favorite dinosaur?
A: Whatís my favorite dinosaur? Let me thinkÖprobably a diplodocus. I can really relate to a diplodocus.

Q: Since you prepared so early for Twilight by going to Oregon ahead of shooting, how will you prepare for ďNew MoonĒ since itís so much darker and more emotional?
A: I think, Iím not entirely sure yet. Iíve started to begin to have ideas about it. Itís annoying to not knowing for certain when it would start shooting. I donít really know. Because I already did Twilight, and thereís definitely an element of the character inside you. I definitely planned on doing at least New Moon and Eclipse, and so I kind of have an idea. A lot of things which I didnít do in Twilight I think I can do in New Moon. I donít really know how Iím going to go about preparing. I think his mage will be very different.
Q: Do you think it will be easier for you to prepare for New Moon since youíve already been so connected to the character of Edward?
A: I hope not, because anything easier is boring. I donít know, I mean, I would treat it like it was a completely separate thing anyway. Because heís so different. So much of his faÁade of mystique is cracked in New Moon, in my opinion, so heís a very different character.

Q: How did Midnight Sun influence your portrayal of Edward and can you tell us any scenes from Midnight Sun that are in the film?
A: Thereís not a huge amount. In a general way, I was thinking, why was this guy be so attractive? And also how can you seem as attractive as you can to people who donít know the back story to the book? Just to general people. I was thinking there has to be, especially for girls, Iíve always found that girls are more attracted to a kind of, the dangerous, like the wrongÖso I wanted to plan as much of the dangerous aspects of Edwardís state into the performance. So, kind of, thereís a very Ö heís tightly wound in a lot of places, thereís a fury or a rage which he has very little control over. A lot of which was in Midnight Sun. The only thing I needed to know was the extent of his reaction when he firsts meets Bella, which is in the first chapter. You know, when heís very much considering killing, or weighting his options, on killing an entire school so he can kill her and thereís no witnesses. And heís saying that, not like itís a very distant possibility. He has to make his mind up about the whole situation in a matter of seconds. I kind of wanted to take that more into the performance.

Q: What made you want to audition for the part of Edward?
A: I donít know, I mean, Iíd seen ďInto the WildĒ and Iíd seen Kristen [Stewart], and that was my major thing. I really thought I wasnít going to get it when I went in anyway. I had absolutely no idea. I thought it was kind of silly even going to the audition. But, I donít know, I just thought it was the way they were doing the audition, with the director, at the directorís house, with the actress. I knew Kristen was good, so I just went as a normal audition, and then I really liked the way it went so it changed my mind about the whole thing.
Q: So, basically, Kristen was the main reason you wanted to do it?
A: yea, pretty much. Especially after the audition, I just, I donít know, I went in having no idea how I was going to do it. I thought I was going to just stand there and pose. Because I had thought that the most important thing about this character, the way I saw it at the beginning, was just the way he looks. Because it said Ďheís so beautiful, heís so beautiful.í So, I thought Iíd go in trying to look as pretty as I can. That was my only idea when I first went in. But afterward, my mind changed about everything.

Q: What do you find most enjoyable about doing appearances Ė is it meeting other cast members, face time with fans, media exposure Ė what is most important to you when making your appearances?
A: I donít really know. For one thing I want to do whatever I can do to make the film successful. So, I really do want it to be successful. For one thing so the sequels can be done. I donít know, itís just still so bizarre for me to go into a room where everyone is screaming. Like itís literally every single time thereís an appearance. Itís kind of nuts because the film hasnít even come out. But itís exciting at the same time, even though it feels completely surreal. Itís like Mexico City where thousands of people come and know who you are. Like even to the extent where people have seen interviews youíve done and stuff.
Q: From your experience getting into the character, what are some things that you think real guys can pick up from Edward Cullen?
A: I definitely think that not revealing too much about yourself is a good thing, especially in making yourself more attractive. Heís good at being silent, and thatís always a good thing for someone not to talk. Thereís a lot of things. His humility. Before he was a vampire, he was a normal, just a good guy. He was just very, very aware of his conscious. Even after heís a vampire he really needs to respond to his baser instincts, he still always fights against that for his own sanity and morals. I think itís always good to have a good set of morals.
Q: Do you think in that way that Edward changed you in any way? Do you think it made you a better person in a way by getting into his character like that?
A: Maybe. It was strange, because you never know what you are giving a character from your previous life or your life before the movie and what youíre taking from the creation. But when I came out the movie I did before Twilight, feeling very confident. When I was doing Twilight, and just kind of preparing for it, I had a lot of self doubt, which I think Edward has a ton of, and I started doubting myself in a lot of areas in my real life as well. Which, uh, I donít know if that makes me a better person or what. Yeah, thatís what kind of changed when I was shooting.

Q: Have you ever recommended the Twilight books to any friends? Iíve recently read an article that Potter co-star Rupert Grint had a bet with you, and from losing that bet, you bestowed upon him reading the Twilight books himself. Is that true, can you elaborate on that?
A: (laughing) No, thatís not true.
Q: It was the weirdest rumor. But, have you recommended the books to any of your friends?
A: Uh, I donít have a lot of friends, to be honest. I have like two friends. I mean, they already know Iím doing it, so it would be a (unintelligible) if I said to them, ďHey have you heard of these Twilight books?Ē I think theyíd probably Ė they may have already read them. I know my family have read them.
Q: What role was easier for you to play throughout your film career? Which one would you relate to the most?
A: Thereís been pieces of each Ė some characters, you like playing, because they can take you away from something. In a lot of ways, I like doing Edward, because he has this, like, quiet confidence about him, and being able to play that all the time, it kind of leaks into your life. A lot of different things. I relate to Salvador Dali on a lot levels, surprisingly.
Q: Cedric?
A: Yeah, Cedric as well. I looked at the part, and when I was doing it, I had no idea how to act, so I was kind of doing it off the cusp. I donít know how much of it was acting or how much of it was just reading the lines. So, a lot of things. Thereís this one thing I did called ďThe Haunted AirmanĒ like that Ė there were a lot of things.
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post Nov 4 2008, 06:56 AM
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Excellent Job!!
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post Nov 5 2008, 02:52 AM
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Nice work Dij. He seems very down to earth which is great and very relaxed about his interviews.
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post Nov 5 2008, 03:15 AM
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Woah 4000 views...doing well Shell! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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Wow you were so lucky.
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