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Full translation thanks to CSI_Robsten
You don’t have to be intelligent to understand that, generally speaking, there’s worse than becoming a poster guy who has to hide from hordes of screaming fans into five-star hotels all around the world. And Robert Pattinson sounds very intelligent. He’s young (he’s turning 25 in May), has a lot of money, success, a job which loads of people envy him and could have all the women he wants. Yet, it stands out a mile he’s not happy about it. And I guess the reason is that he is intelligent enough to understand not to be so special.
He’s very down to earth, while everyone around him goes crazy. That makes him a good guy, but terribly alone. We wouldn’t be surprised if one day he decided to pack and leave. I met him some weeks ago for the promotion of his new movie Water For Elephants.
He’s just bought a dog. He really wanted it. “I don’t know how I’ll handle it, but if you have to travel around the world, it’s good to have a mate. I took him from the animal shelter: I laugh if I think that he went from a shelter to a suit of the Four Season Hotel.” It’s not what happened to him. Well, almost.
Rob was born in London; his mother worked for a modeling agency, and his father Richard, imported vintage cars from the U.S; when he was a child he thought he would deal with International relations. But then he got the part of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the goblet of fire. It happened by chance as well as for the the role of Edward Cullen that has changed his life.
Music was his passion, but he had to put it aside for now. “I play sometimes, but you have to be concentrated to do it seriously, and I do not have so much time right now.” I point out that many actors do both, he bursts out laughing “yeah, but look at the results. It’s embarassing”.
So, apart from changing the subject when speaking about his relationship with Kristen Stewart (not even Oprah managed to make him talking), Robert says he spends his time working (mostly) and among beers, gym, cigarettes and junk food. But he really needs to sleep, he adds. “I worked last night. I’ve just come back from Lousiana”. Luckily at that age, sleep deprivation doesn’t make wrinkles on your face, but makes it look sexier somehow.
In Louisiana he’s shooting the first and the second part of Breaking Dawn at once. The first one is coming out on November 18th, 2011. Meanwhile in LA, Rob’s trying to build a career outside of Twilight. In Water For Elephants he plays Jacob, a veterinary school student struck by his parents’ death. With no money and no home, he starts wandering until he sees a train of a circus and jumps on it. There he meets two creatures: the elephant Rosie, and the star of the show Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), who is also the despotic ringmaster’s wife (Christopher Waltz).
Is it true that the first thing you do when you are given a script is read the first and the last line?
“If the screenwriter is good, the beginning and the its work and there’s a 75% chance it’s a good story. Otherwise, the best thing to do is forget it. Today the problem is that scripts with the worst-written first pages are those that are made into movies and and make more money.”
-Are you saying that Twilight is bad-written?
“Things don’t always work this way. But it’s true that when I first read it, it didn’t appeal to me. I couldn’t understand what was so special and why everybody was so into it.”
- Water For Elephants is a romantic movie.
“Yeah, but what appealed to me was the historical period, the Great Depression and the circus. It’s so intriguing. Chlidren don’t dream of running away with a film crew, but with the circus. It still happens today, I guess. At least they did in the 30’s, when there was no tv and no cinema down the street. Besides I liked that it was also about animals and and human-animal relationship (he stops and bursts out laughing). I know, it sounds weird this way.”
-Anyway, the fact remains that it’s mostly about the love story between Jacob and Marlena.
“In the beginning, you may think “oh there comes the guy, he’s going to meet the girl and it’ll be love at first sight. Then they’re going to run away together”. But it’s not like this. It’s a more complex story. Jacob falls in love with Marlena, but doesn’t try to bring her with him. She first kisses him and then rejects him, but indeed he accepts her choice. She will always be an extraordinary woman to him, no matter what. Jacob just wants to give and doesn’t ask for anything in return. That’s the best kind of relationship.”
-Could you ever have a relationship with a married woman?
“Life is not black and white. There are married couples that never see each other. Is that marriage? But there’s a thing I’ve never got, that is why do people cheat?”
-You can’t understand a behavior which is typical of the majority of people nowadays.
“I can understand the impulse, but not how you can keep two relationship going at the same time for long. This usually happens to people with children, but I can’t really get why a non-commitment guy would choose to date four girls at the same time either. It must be hell, especially for men”.
-Why especially for men?
“I think it’s more complicated for men, because somehow they have to “provide for” their women. I’m not talking about money support, but about enthusiasm: they have to cultivate the relationship. Doing it with more women at the same time would be very hard, a real work.”
- Are you saying that because you’ve already tried?
“I’m not the casual-affair kind of guy. If I choose to be with someone it’s because I really want it. When I have a relationship, I’m 100% into it. If I felt like seeing more women at once then I wouldn’t go around saying “this is my girlfriend”.
- So you do not believe in cheating. And what about the until-death-us-do-part love, like the one in movies?
“My mother was 17 and my father was 25 when they met, they’re still together and look very happy. I’ve grown up believing that you can stay with the same person throughout your life.
- Speaking about parents, in Vanity Fair you played Reese Witherspoon’s son. But then your part was cut from the movie during the editing.
“It was my first movie. She was already famous, and I remember she was very nice to me: she always asked me if I wanted to read the lines together, if I had doubts or questions”.
- In less than 10 years you’ve turned from being mother and son into lovers. What do you think about it?
“Well, looking back on it, I think that let me play her son didn’t make any sense. I mean, she wasn’t even 28, she was too young to have a kid. That’s why they decided to cut it, apart from other problems. Another reason was that our scene together was way too depressing. The problem was that nobody told me anything. I found it out when I went to see it. At the end, someone was supposed to ask Reese “Are you going to meet Rawdy?”, that was the name of my character. She was supposed to say yes and there I would have come. But she said “no”.
- Bel Ami, starrring Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas, is coming out this year as well. You play the part of a seducer and make sex with lots of women. Then we have Breaking Dawn in November, where you and Bella finally have sex. You mentioned many times your unease shooting these kinds of scenes. Are you getting used to it?
“It wasn’t that difficult in Bel Ami, since we were dressed most of the time. Twilight worried me a lot instead: there are high expectations and everybody is talking about it. So I went to the gym every day for a month. It was the first time I was in shape in all my life.
- Was a month enough time?
“Yes, but anyway I could’t have done it for longer. Oh, you forgot Cosmopolis. That’s plenty of sex scenes. In one of them a girl shoots me with an electic gun, it’s crazy!”
- So going back to my question, are you getting used to it?
“I don’t know. But I know I will have to go back to the gym.
-You are not a physical fitness buff, aren’t you?
“I go from one extreme to the other: before starting work I practice for four hours per day, every day. Then I stop. It’s the same story with alcohol: all or nothing. In Louisiana it’s very difficult to resist temptation; but I found out that if I drink 5 beers a day, doing sport is useless. Try as you might, your body won’t change. I think I should really stop drinking, too.
Robert Pattinson, from the vampire saga Twilight, looks tired but smiles because he is promoting his new film Water for Elephants, and is ready to talk about everything but Kristen Stewart, who everyone says is the his girlfriend. All except for the fact that he does not want to even talk.
Q : What about the new film Water for Elephants : just starting, the screen displays a sign that says that hir character is waiting to begin his life in the sense that so far nothing has happened not important. Have you ever had this feeling? Also consider what was the turning point in his life?
R : My life has started, while I have not yet reached a turning point, although I seem to get every two years. Let me explain: every two – three years, it is as if my life had an accelerated growth and each time I find myself thinking: now what will happen?
So what do you expect to happen now?
I don’t know. I think I’m reaching the end of something.
Are you talking about your private life or work?
Of both. The work affects the privacy, and we say that all three films is as if change and become something else
Now what would you like to do?
I would like to have more ‘voice in the preparatory work on a film. The next that I will shoot, after finishing the Twilight series will be Cosmopolis with David Cronenberg: I think that will be fun and it’ll be something completely different from the Twilight saga. And then, after turning Cosmopolis, I think I will work on some project that I will start from scratch. I already have a few ideas in mind.
Are you talking about music? Do you still want to be musician?
Yes, even if they are not sound more ‘for some time. I mean I do not play more ‘every day. For example, some time ago I was in New Orleans and I started playing the piano with a local group. It was fun, I wondered: Why I stopped playing the piano? . It ‘was amazing, I enjoyed it very much. However, to devote myself to music, I think I should leave everything I’m doing now, take six months just to play and ‘take my hand’ with the guitar and piano. In this moment of my career however, I cant afford to do that.
In fact you’re now only focused on your acting career: what it feels like to be the guy who now creates more ‘batticuori around the world? The love of women of all ages, not just teenagers.
I can’t explain how I feel. Yeah, sure is nice, but really I hope that all this love depends on me and my work and not the public imagination that sweeps over me. I hope to please as they are and not what the public image that I am or what I perceive to be his eyes. I’m happy for that love and all I can do to thank everyone who loves me so much is to do my job well and hope that my films to be appreciated. I do not know how else to thank my audience.
You seem too modest. Yet when you look in the mirror you should notice that you’re very handsome and loved for that reason …
Yes, I realize. But it’s funny because before Twilight I have never played the handsome guy. Then, after Twilight, everything has changed and it is strange because, suddenly, everyone started to look differently.
I read that once you went to dinner with a fan, is it true or is it just a rumor invented?
It ‘s true, it happened in Spain. But before Twilight. The girl was a fan of Harry Potter and had recognized me: I was in Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.)
In which city of Spain?
Barcelona, where I was shooting Little Ashes . I was shooting in the Catalan city, and this girl was always waiting for me outside my apartment and always asked for an autograph. Every day. I dont know anyone in Barcelona, and she could speak English and seemed like a normal person. One night while I was going out to dinner alone, as I always did, she was there as always out of my apartment, then I asked “Do you want to have dinner with me?”. We had dinner .. and then returned to wait no longer! She took me to dinner in her parents’ restaurant to ‘pay’ the bill.
Congratulations! Change the subject: how do you relax when not working?
I don’t relax, I can’t. While it is pathetic to say so I want to plan a trip by plane only to have the time to be able to sleep.
But what do you do when not working? How is your perfect day?
When not working I spend time sitting and I’m terribly boring. I try to watch a movie, but my concentration is very short, so after twenty minutes I get distracted and start to play video game on my Iphone. It ‘s a game that requires no concentration, just to roll a small ball. I can stay seated and engaged in this game for sixteen hours at a time!
It ‘s almost like meditation ….
Yes! And it is everything I do on my days off: I sit, play and I feel more and more ‘frustrated!
Do you have a very stressful life? And if so, is to relax from the stress of making this game?
More than stressed, I’m always tired. It ‘s a strange feeling to feel always tired, always tired. Would you like to be at peace, but you can not even rest, It ‘s like if I keep running even when they are stationary.
Could do to get better sport. Go to the gym or train in some other way?
Unfortunately I had to train at the start of filming of Breaking Dawn, the latest film in the saga of Twilight. I did not want any, but I had to do because I had to shoot many scenes without shirt and it haunted me: I did not look bad. So I started eating healthy, doing a lot of gymnastics and cycling. I spent a lot of the gym and then, as soon as I finished shooting the scene without my shirt I stopped. I hope now, nevr have to exercise and eat all the sandwiches Pretzel I want!
I love them! It ‘s crazy, but I eat more’ than a pound a week. And I also love the peanut M & M’s with peanuts. E ‘foolish, but I can not resist the pretzel and M & M’s. Pretzel I also love my dog!
Do you have a dog? How does it deal with all the constant move?
I have no idea yet, given that I took a few days. It ‘s a hybrid, I took it from a shelter where he was to be shot down. I’ve seen and I’ve got. I didnt want it to die. I have not yet given a name yet. When I was a teenager I had a dog for years and it was very relaxing around forever. And now my pleasure to have my new dog always with me is like a lifeline.
Do you feel homeless, because you always have to travel?
A lot, and it’s a weird thing. When I am overwhelmed by work, I do not think, I roll forward. I go home, set the alarm, I fall asleep, I wake up and go to work. No matter where I am. I could be in ‘my’ London but would still be the same wherever I am.
What do you miss from England when you are in the United States or other countries?
The dailies. I still prefer the English ones. But, in fact I miss the sports pages of newspapers.
What in the sports pages?
What is the lesson he has learned in recent years?
That it is impossible to please everyone
Scans and Transcript – In Italian via RPLife
New Unscripted Interview
In ‘Water for Elephants,’ Robert Pattinson plays Jacob, a young veterinarian student, who falls for a circus performer named Marlena (played by Reese Witherspoon). Their relationship blossoms while taking care of an elephant in the show, but they soon encounter danger together at the hands of Marlena’s husband .
If you can’t wait for ‘Elephant”s April 22 release date, Moviefone is offering you the chance to participate in the next episode of ‘Unscripted,’ with the movie’s stars, Robert Pattinson and Resse Witherspoon. This is your opportunity to find out what it’s like to be an Oscar-winner or a vampire — whatever you think is a bigger deal.
Submit your question in the Ask! box HERE, including your name and location, by 12PM EST on Saturday, April 3. Once your question pops up on the screen, other users can vote on it. Simple, right? You can also vote on questions submitted by others.
CNN also wants your questions – on video
You have the chance to interview the cast of the historical drama “Water for Elephants”. They will be sitting down soon with CNN.com!
Robert Pattinson, along with Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Christolph Waltz, will be joining us to talk about what it was like joining a circus and working with their animal costars in this movie adaptation of the New York Times bestseller novel.
Be sure to upload videos with your questions for the cast by Friday, April 1. Please keep them to 15 seconds or less. Look for the answers soon on CNN.com!
Love him (teenage girls everywhere) or loathe him (their boyfriends), Robert “R.Pattz” Pattinson is apparently here to stay. With Water For Elephants out soon, he’s gearing up to star in Cosmopolis for David Cronenberg. Yes, you read that right. Yes, this may mean that you have to start liking him. Here’s what he had to say about his role.
“I’m just astonished that I’ve been cast. I’d read the script before and thought, ‘Wow, this is insane. But insane and difficult.’ And then, out of nowhere, my agent said, ‘Do you want to do it?’ I’d never thought about working with Cronenberg, but I’ve always loved his movies. It just never came into my head that there would ever be that opportunity.
“Y’know, there are so few auteurs left. The one thing that pisses me off about working in films is when you start a project and then, suddenly, two days before you start, there’s a massive rewrite to make an R-rated movie into something that’s PG-13, and it’s a totally different story. As soon as that line’s been crossed, you know you’re not making a movie anymore. You’re making a…a… fridge magnet. But with people like Cronenberg you know that, no matter what, there will be a movie at the end, and it will be solid and self-contained, and it’s not made for any other reason than it being a movie.”
Pattinson also confirmed that, as far as he is concerned there will be no further Twilight outings following the two-part Breaking Dawn which finishes the current series. And he swears that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into with Stephenie Meyer’s massive vampire saga.
“I thought at the time, with Catherine Hardwicke and Kristen Stewart, it was going to be an indie movie. It seemed really interesting: a teen vampire movie that was going to be like Thirteen and really serious. I had no idea it was going to be this big thing you’d get on Burger King hats.”
Water For Elephants is out on May 4, and the full interview with His Dreaminess is in the new issue of Empire, out Thursday.
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Cinemania Magazine – April 2011
Water for Elephants: Life is a circus.
Wild animals, trains, dwarfs and acrobats. This is what Robert Pattinson’s life has turned into: a circus
It’s the time of the recession in the United States, during the 30’s in the XX century. The inhabitants of Weehaken, New Jersey, wear the clothes of the time: the men with hats, ties, suspenders and coats, the women with long flower print dresses; the children with crops and caps. The crowd maintains itself in expectation of the parade of the fabulous Benzini brothers’ circus, whose promotional posters announce it as “The most fabulous show on earth!” Everything would be perfect of the technicians and production team of a film was not walking on the same street, which break the illusion of a trip to the past.
This is the Water for Elephants set, film shot in the 20th Century Fox studios, in Los Angeles, under the direction of Fancis Lawrence (Constantine, 2005: I am Legend, 20007), and is one of the most anticipated productions of 2011 due to its appealing story of romance, based on Sara Gruen’s best seller (adapted by Richard LaGravensee), and above all for its stellar cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patinson and Cristoph Waltz.
The story is centered on Jacob’s history (Pattinson), who, about to graduate as a veterinary, abandons his studies upon his parents deaths. Chance unites him t a traveling circus, where he will become sentimentally involved with Marlena (Witherspoon), star acrobat and wife to the abusive tamer August (Waltz), which will create a fiery love triangle.
THE CIRCUS OF FILMING
Before interviews, reporters are placed in a convenient place to observe the circus parada, composed of a musical band, the clowns, the strong man, the dwarves, the tumblers and trapeze acts, as well as the different animals; a giraffe, a lion, two camels, two lamas, three ponies, three zebras, some mounting horses, a hippopotamus, and trained dogs. However, the main event is Reese’s revelation, mounted on Rosie the elephant, accompanied a few meters away by Waltz and Pattinson. The corwd of about 300 extras which have been called for this job, applaud this circus troop.
The filming of this scene, with three cameras, is repeated several times, until finally, the director is satisfied. Then, some shots are filmed in silence in which the extras must simulate the hand and facial gestures of their cries. Later, the principal camera changes locations and the fields and backgrounds are filmed, along with the foregrounds and details. The execution of all this is the result of long work of planning alongside the director of photography, who is none other than Mexican Rodrigo Prieto (Amores Perros, Secreto en la Montana, Biutiful), whom at any given moment makes himself visible giving instructions to his assistants, with script in hand and focused on the monitor of what is shot on steady cam.
There’s a time in which Reese shows off her gymnast and animal training gifts. She has become great friends with Rosie. She gracefully hangs from her trunk to reach the ground, and then to get back on, she receives the elephant’s help, which shows an advanced training job.
“Of course I was scared,” she confeses later. “The first time I got on I screamed, but it went away afterwards. I learned her personality and earned her trust.”
Reese comes to our interview accompanied by Pattinson who wears his characters clothes: knee high boots, tight pants, button up shirt.
“Its very gratifying participating in a film like this,” says Reese, “where there’s authentic sets, with real characters and a good story. There’s no computer effects, except for a few. I think the audience is hungry for authentic stories that they can relate to. Besides, every specialist that has participated in this film is a craftsman: the set designer, costume designer…its beautiful watching the work they do.”
Photo captions: top – The circus tops were raised with the same techniques used in the 30s.
Bottom- Reese Witherspoon does not lose her glamour any second. Her costumes were designed by Jacqueline West, also responsible for the costumes in Red.
This visit during filming turns out to be very illustrative – to which Cinemania was exclusively invited – each time that one of the most colorful and spectacular scenes of the film is enacted: the circus parade through town. At first look, one is dazzled by the wardrobe, and the first level ambiance, in this old set that has been used by Fox to film classic films like The Grapes of Wrath (1940), or Hello Dolly! (1969).
“I always had a fascination with the circus,” Reese tells us. “I was a gymnast, did some acrobatics, trapeze tricks, stuff like that.
“Yea, me too,” says Pattinson, “although I wasn’t particularly obsessed with that world. I think I was afraid of it when I was younger. I supposes circuses caused a more profound effect during the time that was recreated in the film, when there was no Zoo or television.”
Both protagonists are very friendly towards each other, because despite the age difference, they’ve known each other a long time and make a good pair onscreen, due to Reese looking younger than her age. “ I hate this story, it makes me look old (laughs). We met in a movie. I was 24 and they needed a younger woman that had a child. Reese blushes joking with Pattinson to whom she cedes the floor. “She was my mom,” he comments between laughter, “it was in Vanity Fair.”
Whatever the case was, they are both very enthusiastic with their roles n Water for Elephants, because in it some very rich and intense roles. “My character has a very intense and interesting journey,” describes Reese, “because she starts to work very young, during the Great Depression, when everyone is looking for a way to survive. She has a true survivors attitude. On the other hand, she finds herself in the middle of an abusive relationship from her husband, and Rob’s character (Pattinson) makes her see that there are better things out there and that it’s possible to have a better life.”
“What I’ve enjoyed the most about my character is being surrounded by animals,” says Pattinson. “I’ve never interacted with an elephant. There’s something very peaceful in her (Rosie), that I enjoy,” he states.
ONCE AGAIN THE VILLAN
In another conversation, Christoph Waltz shares a similar opinion: “One fascinating thing about the older circuses was the animals. There are hardly any circuses like that because they are under greater projection (luckily, we say). If you whip an elephant it’s more likely you’ll receive one in return. Having spent three months with a paqyderm is the most incredible experience you can imagine, because they are very intelligent, “comments the Austrian actor.
He also jokes when remembering the training session before filming. “Rosie, the elephant, did everything she was required with precision – mentions Waltz – She’s very obedient and intelligent. So I told the director, ‘Wouldn’t you love if all the actors were like her, patient and focused? They are the ideal actors!” he laughs.
Waltz has a strong personality, a European elegance, a firm attitude and a subtle humor that is evident in all his replies. “I can’t describe my character,” he replies to my query,” I don’t do it because what I do for a living is to interpret the character and what you do for a living is to describe the character. So, let’s keep our positions.” Late on he gives us some hints to understand the difficulties of his job. “It’s a therapeutic exercise to have sympathy for an unsympathetic character,” explains Waltz about his role. “I wouldn’t say this character is detestable because that would be a judgment. What I do is translate his rhythm into actions and emotions. If I gave you an opinion about my role, frankly it would seem boring. I think the opinion should be formed observing how he develops,” he states.
Photo captions: top – Robert Pattinson had to get very dirty during this shoot, due to a nomadic life and cleaning animal cells don’t favor cleanliness.
Middle – Love blooms between Jacob and Marlena: it was difficult for both actors to be serious when filming romantic scenes.
Bottom – Christoph Waltz once again appears as a brutally intelligent but violent man.