You worked with R-Patz five years ago. Does that mean you weren’t all googly-eyed over Twilight’s ‘Edward’?
If I hadn’t have known him I might have been slightly intimidated. I hadn’t even seen Twilight but I watched the first film after Bel Ami and I was like: ‘Now I get what all the hype is about.’
Is he the same bloke, except now he’s called R-Patz?
Yeah, I think he’s handled it brilliantly and managed to stay down to earth. When we went to the Bel Ami premiere, he went early so he could go and sign all the fans’ pictures. As much as I’d love to be a successful actor, the thought of being recognised in the street is petrifying.
Kristin Scott Thomas knows a thing or two about typecasting in her native land. “If the character is cold, witty and a snob, they’re going to call me,” she opines.
What she finds less easy to understand is the hold two of her recent co-stars – Ryan Gosling and Robert Pattinson – have over other women. “It is rather extraordinary that I have ended up acting with these incredible heart throbs,” she says. “I have to say, I don’t get it really.”
Uma Thurman has praised her ‘Bel Ami’ co-star Robert Pattinson for his acting ability.
The 25-year-old actor became very involved for his role as 19th century Parisienne womaniser Georges Duroy for the film, and Uma insists he is constantly working hard to bring his skills up to the “next level.”
In an interview with Stylist magazine, she said: “He’s very serious. He did a huge amount of rehearsals in his own time. I think that’s what you do when you’re a young actor, when you take your work very seriously and want to take it to the next level.”
Uma, 41, rose to fame as a teenager in films including ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ and while she finds it hard to be as serious as her co-star – famous for his role as Edward Cullen in the ‘Twilight’ franchise – she did offer him advice on set.
She added: “When you’ve been doing this a really long time, it’s hard to take it all so seriously. I said to him, ‘Don’t get too upset about it, because, before you know it, ‘Twilight’ will just be an old film that made you lucky enough to get another job. But when you’re in that position and you’re young, it’s hard to hear through the noise.”
Uma doesn’t like to watch her oldest roles again, and she displayed a similar attitude to Robert in her earlier years.
She added: “I find it excruciating to watch myself as a teenager. I’ve made a vow never to do it. I was only 17 and working with some of the finest people you will ever meet in the industry, but you don’t realise until you’ve spent 25 years trying to work with such a group again.”
Twilight star Kellan Lutz says he feels lucky not to be typecast like Robert Pattinson. The American actor, who starred alongside R-Pattz in the vampire franchise, says he feels fortunate not to have the pressure that he, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart have. He exclusively told omg!: “Rob, Kristen and Taylor are top tier and all eyes are on them. Now everyone’s looking to see what they’ll do afterwards. “For the rest of us we kind of did all the press but had none of the pressure.” Rob recently revealed he felt he’d be nothing without Twilight. But Kellan, who played the role of Emmett Cullen in Twilight, told us: “I don’t feel typecast at all. I feel very fortunate.”
The team behind the massive critical and commercial success “The Social Network” are at it again. Producers Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti have teamed up with author Ben Mezrich – whose book “The Accidental Billionaires” was the basis from which the Oscar-winning film was made – for another film. Mezrich’s new book, “Sex on the Moon”, is another true story that’s no less juicy and scandalous and filled to the brim with young, morally ambiguous and party-hard geniuses, and the filmmakers have fittingly set “Easy A” helmer Will Gluck to direct.
Our lead character, Thad Roberts, is a 25-year-old upstart working in NASA’s highly selective co-op program, with very real ambitions to go to space one day (as “the first man on Mars” to be exact). But Roberts is no nerdy rocket scientist. In order to prepare for space, he is in tip top physical shape, and has earned a pilot’s license. With effortless charm and cool, Thad becomes a leader amongst his fellow students and stages elaborate adventures to take them on. When he meets and falls in love with beautiful fellow co-op student Rebecca, his next adventure becomes even more daring – and a lot more illegal, as the two conspire to lead a small team on a mission to steal and sell priceless moon rocks from NASA’s seemingly impenetrable facilities.
Ambitious, competitive, charming, rebellious, beyond intelligent, and madly in love. No small task, but here are ten young actors we think would thrive in this role.
Another Ben Mezrich pick, Robert Pattinson has certainly charmed at least one demographic of the moviegoing audience, so perhaps it would be easy to see him as the enthusiastic leader of a rag tag team of adventurous wannabe astronauts. Pattinson is also no stranger to book adaptations, having brought to life such best-sellers as “Harry Potter”, “Twilight” and “Water for Elephants” so a lesser known character should be small potatoes. And the British actor does have an innate likeability that will help the audience root for Thad, even as his actions become increasingly criminal. Now, about that American accent…
The stellar cast didn’t come free but they did come cheap. Bel-Ami is, in Donnelan’s phrase, “an easyJet film”, with a paltry budget of around £7.5 million, Budapest standing in for Paris on 10 days of the eight-week shoot. Everyone worked for less than their usual pay cheque, including Pattinson.
“He read the novel and also a book I wrote about acting,” says Donnellan, 59, “and he insisted on four weeks of one-on-one rehearsal before we shot anything, which is unheard of in Hollywood. He wants to expand as an actor and he takes it very seriously. He has genuinely never said anything negative about Twilight but no one wants to be in a franchise for ever.”
Pattinson clearly relished the chance to stamp on the romantic image of Edward Cullen, and Ormerod’s camera picks up something lizardly and quite ruthless in his handsome features. “He was determined to keep it tough,” says Ormerod. “That’s why he did it,” adds Donnellan. “He said, ‘I’m playing a character with no redeeming features’.”
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