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REMEMBER ME | An Interview with Robert Pattinson


REMEMBER ME
An Interview with Robert Pattinson

By Wilson Morales

March 8, 2010

 

With the 'Twilight' franchise and its huge fanbase, Robert Pattinson is a household name. As Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart are venturing in the film world with other projects, Pattinson is looking to do the same.

Coming up next for the London, England native is the romantic film, 'Remember Me.'

Directed by Allen Coulter, and co-starring Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, and Lena Olin, the film centers on two new lovers: Tyler, whose parents have split in the wake of his brother's suicide, and Ally, who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother's murder.

In speaking with Blackfilm.com, Pattinson talks about taking on the role, shooting in New York, and dealing with the fans.


What drew you to this film and the character Tyler?

Robert Pattinson: I read it just after Twilight in the summer and I connected to it. I liked the way it didn't fit into any kind of formulaic structure and it didn't seem like a teen movie. There was a period in between the second and third Twilight films for two months and you can't really shoot that much stuff so it seemed like the perfect movie to put in there. There's something about the character where he always thinks there's something more to your life and I guess I always kind of thought like that. It kind of angers you that you're not feeling something enough or you're not seeing a wide enough scope. I've always kind of felt a bit like that. I think the only way to make anything truthful is to try and relate as much as you can to yourself. I was saying to people before I started shooting that he was the closest to myself and I'm kind of trying to play myself in it.


 

What surprised you the most about being an executive producer on this film?

RP: I only came on at the end. I always liked (director) Allen's (Coulter) idea of the whole movie and at the end I didn't want it to be messed about with by the studio or by whoever so whatever I could do to help protect that. I did a little contribution but I wasn't working as a producer. I felt really bad afterwards. I thought, 'well I can't take my name off it because it's gonna look like I insulted the whole thing.'


What did you love about shooting the film in New York and the crazy fans?

RP: I love much about New York. It's the fantasy idea of living in the East Village. It's the kind of life I would've wanted to have if I was a student. It's very active; even the extras in New York, everyone's got an opinion about everything which is nice. My sister used to live here (in New York) for five years and I have to be honest I experienced a lot more of New York then! I was kind of stuck in a hotel room a lot of the time this time. It's strange in New York because they can't shut down whole streets to the public so it is weird when you have 40 people taking photos on the other side of the street. There's nothing you can do and when you don't do what they say there are moments when like I remember we were filming near NYU and I went to the bathroom and they were like, 'if he goes away again we're not gonna let you film anything for the whole day!' I mean what the hell! There was one moment when I remember getting really, really furious when I was just about to do something and someone came up to me and I just imagined going over there and trying to hit someone and then missing in front of 40 people with cameras so that dispersed all my anger. It's a different kind of discipline. You just have to figure how to block things out. It's different in America as it is in England. I'm shooting in England now and it's kind of normal. There's no one there ever which is really odd!


Did Emilie de Ravin get used to all the fans?

RP: Emile was really understanding about all that stuff and actually had a bunch of people coming out for her for Lost. Once they realized we were both there it became double craziness. She was always cool about the crowds. She'd been in a similar position to me in a lot of ways having been working on this TV series for ages and ages and ages. This was the first time she'd done a film in awhile I think and I don't know if we were trying to break away from anything but it's kind of a relief after you've been doing the same thing for ages you want to give everything to this one project and she really did.


How frustrating is it that you've become so famous?

RP: It's just annoying not being able to meet people, thinking that someone is gonna sell something or Twitter. You need that (connection) just to be a person or to be able to talk to people in a normal way. You see these actors sort of holing themselves up and not doing anything ever because of that. That's the only frustrating thing about it.

 

You were chain smoking in the film. Is that something you normally do?

RP: Now I'm chain eating Nicorette gum which I'm furiously addicted to that now which is very annoying. I notice now on planes and things it does not help at all; it does not stop the craving. It just makes you desperately want a cigarette.


 

What is your musical future?

RP: I've been talking to people about stuff for ages where I play a musician and I'd really like to but it's quite difficult to do. I think it's a bit risky as well. I used to write a lot more music by just doing gigs, just turning up to open mics and stuff with two lines of the song and then the pressure would force me to make something up (on the spot). And I can't really do that anymore which was my main process for writing songs, to just kind of get songs that were totally uninformed by self-consciousness. When I sit down to write some lyrics it just sounds like rubbish. All the songs I've done before were based on as much of a stream of consciousness as you can get. I can't function with film and music and at the same time. I don't even listen to music when I'm doing films. They never asked me to write music for the Twilight movies. I think I'm doing another movie after the movie I'm doing now and I think I'll try and write some music, hopefully by the end of the year.


Remember Me opens on March 12


 


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