Scans thanks to @24juliac
New interview, scans, translation + 3 new outtakes :)
UPDATE: added better translation :)
At 25, the most famous vampire of the world drifts away from the “twilight” zone for other horizons. In Water for Elephants, he plays an elephant healer caught in a tumultuous love story. Private chat in Hollywood with a broad-minded idol whose teeth are not so/too long (EDIT: don’t know if that phrase exists in english: having long teeth = being very ambitious, in a bad sense; IMO, it means: Rob is humble).
We meet a peculiar person in his suite at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles. A long skinny figure, a pale complexion, blue melancolic eyes, running his right hand through his disheveled hair, Robert Pattinson always seems caught in some silent reverie that gets interrupdted by his interlocutors.
Well behaved, British with expertly unlaced Dr. Martens, he then resumes the course of his earthly life.
A life which the tabloids love to talk about in details: a kiss with Kristen Stewart on the set of Twilight in Rio de Janeiro, a birthday party at a friend’s place, his arrival at Vancouver Airport, the news of him getting a dog that Twitter spreads… His life is chronicled in real time, you almost forget he is an actor.
But at 25, the dandy vampire tries to become more. He is about to shoot a movie with David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis, the adaptation of the cult novel by Don DeLillo, and can be seen in May in Water for Elephants, along with Reese Witherspoon and the disturbing Christoph Waltz (reknowned thanks to Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds), in the role of an animal healer crazy in love with a beautiful married woman. An encounter with an enigmatic icon, a young man both trendy and old school, rebel and conformist, a beautiful punk aristocrat for young girls.
Madame Figaro. – You work a lot. Besides the last two episodes of the Twilight series, we’ll see you in June in Bel Ami, directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, and soon in Water for Elephants, by Francis Lawrence. What attracted you in the role of Jacob Jankowski, animal trainer in a circus?
Robert Pattinson. – First, the book of the young novelist Sara Gruen, a huge success in the United States, whose action is in the 20s in a traveling circus. Suddenly, with this role, I had the opportunity to leave the modern fantasy of Twilight, to live among the animals, to touch real things.
You seem drawn to the romantic/novelistic past …
Yes, I like among others the american history, I find it interesting. While reading the script, I got hooked right away. It seemed obvious and easy to me. Jacob is a tormented and mysterious being. He lost his parents, he does not want others to dig into his past, and if he joins a traveling circus, it is to prove himself as a veterinarian. He doesn’t know that he will experience a violent and forbidden love.
Your profile is becoming more precise: a lonely, misunderstood and very attractive being. It is a common point to all your characters.
That’s true. As if Edward, the hero of twilight, was the common thread for all these roles. Jacob sees things in black and white. As for Edward, he always distinguishes good from evil. In a sense, my characters are Manichaean. That’s why I try to bring them inner complexity.
And for Bel Ami, how did you work? Georges Duroy, the hero of the novel, is older than you.
It made me hesitate. And then I just went ahead because Maupassant is my favorite French writer. Bel Ami is an unforgettable classic novel. With my partners Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, we had fun. I concentrated my interpretation of the character on his great freedom to act.
Bel Ami is an animal, he is my first character who is completely cynical and ironically honest enough. But he is a destroyer. He plays a sort of game where nobody respects the rules, where everyone has affairs, a great social sham where the key is to pretend. He doesn’t care about that, he does what he pleases, and that is precisely that attracts women.
A bit like you after all …
Oh no! I’m no Don Juan. This is something that is beyond me and is actually quite cool, all those fans who take pictures of me, these blogs, this buzz. Frankly, I have no sex appeal. Just stroll around in Los Angeles, London or Paris and you can find a bunch of young guys like me. I am not James Dean.
You seem to have a rebel side, a dark side. Who are your role models, your favorite actors in movies?
From the only three movies with James Dean, I like Giant, with Elizabeth Taylor. But for me, the great icon of the 60s is Marlon Brando, with this kind of internalized rage, this duality between masculinity and hidden tenderness. I’m also a fan of gangster films with James Cagney and Paul Newman, especially Cool Hand Luke. And among actresses, I love Isabelle Huppert, and from the golden age of Hollywood the passionate/firy Ava Gardner, and the so classy, rought and funny Katharine Hepburn. Kristen Stewart, whose acting I admire, has something Hepburn-like.
Audrey or Katharine?
No, Katharine. I’m not a fan of Audrey. I know girls of my generation like her, but I find it a bit too girly.
What kind of women do you like?
I do not hate nerds. For a girl to attract me, she must be somewhat determined, have an idea about the meaning of life, and read a lot. But I can not say I prefer blondes, brunettes or redheads. I like emotional girls, elegant girls- meaning knowing what does and doesn’t suit you. The brand clothes, just because they are expensive, do not guarantee a good look. I think you must above all be yourself. That said, I love the Chanel look, even on very young women!
And you, are you a fashion victim?
You see the anthracite jacket I wear today? Well, I found it at home in an old suitcase. I had it when I was 15. This is an Agnes b., vintage 90, and it still fits me. Otherwise, I’m a fan of Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler for both girls and boys, and I buy lots of pants at Dries Van Noten. Fashion is very important even in movies. I think about what Jean Paul Gaultier did on the Fifth Element for example: his Designs defined the film.
You wear a fragrance?
Mine, my body odor. (Laughter.)
What is the project that you currently very happy about?
Well, one morning the phone rang and it was David Cronenberg on the line. He was offering me to play in his next film, Cosmopolis. It was almost as if Hitchcock sought me out. Cronenberg is an incredible director. The good news didn’t stop there: Juliette Binoche would be working on this project too, and also the very talented french director-actor Mathieu Amalric. The icing on the cake is that it is an adaptation from a novel by Don DeLillo, one of my favorite authors. The role is very hard, a crazy day in the life of a millionaire whose life is turned upside down in twenty-four hours. I’m shooting it now***, it’s really exciting.
What do you do with your days when you are in idleness?
Well, the problem is that there is no more idleness in my life. I shoot movies all the time. My life is reduced to work, and besides, I don’t have a home anymore. My home is the hotel. Obviously, your room gets cleaned every day, there are advantages, but I’m starting to feel a little rootless. I could even list the hotels that I prefer over the world: Rome is the Bernini Bristol, a charming palazzo, and Paris, Le Crillon. When I have an hour for myself, I play the guitar but mostly I read, I devour books.
A bit of everything. I have started Underworld by Don DeLillo and I have a predilection for the French novelist Michel Houellebecq. In the Meaning of fight, he wrote this sentence that resounds withinr me: “We’ve been through tiredness and desires without finding back the taste of childhood dreams. “I feel close to the hero of Houellebecq
Scans via RPLife
So, yeah. I am not posting all of these. My blog don’t have any more space ;p
But you can see the 25 UHQ Stills HERE over at RPLife :)
ROBERT PATTINSON: Amazing. One of my favorites. The script was really good too; Duroy has kind of changed a little bit.
He’s so cynical in the book, but now he’s so convinced that he knows everything and that he’s been wronged, that he ends up being very earnest. He realizes that the whole world he lives in is based on a lie; it angers him so much that he basically wants to burn the whole thing down…and in trying to enjoy everything, he becomes what he hates most: a pompous little shit.
ELLE: Was it fun playing a ladies’ man instead of a celibate?
RP: Completely. I thought it was funny as well—Twilight having quite a bit of a female audience—to play a guy who basically screws women out of money. I like the fact that you never hear of a movie where the bad guy stabs every single person in the back and then wins.
ELLE: So you relished playing a sleazy journalist?
RP: I like the section where he gets a job as a gossip writer and in a completely banal way just makes stuff up—uses the same story and changes the names. I think that still is very, very true.
ELLE: It was once reported that you were pregnant.
RP: Yeah, a couple years ago. That was true, though.
ELLE: Any other odd encounters with the media recently?
RP: A bunch of paparazzi were following me, and I thought the best way to deal with it was to stop my car in the middle of the street and say, “I’m not leaving, and I’m not going to speak to you anymore.” They got all pissed off because they can’t just keep taking the same picture. We were in Venice by the boardwalk, and they kept trying to get all these drug dealers to come up to the car. I was just like, Oh my God, this is insane.
ELLE: Have you ever fantasized about doing something to destroy the “Twilight image” of you?
RP: You know, when the whole thing dries up and there’s hardly any paparazzi around—I don’t know, in 15 years or something—I like the idea of just one paparazzo coming out and trying to get a picture, and I just beat the shit out of him. I mean—out of nowhere—when my picture’s not even worth…and I’ve spent all my money, so you can’t sue me!
ELLE: Is your idea of hell to end up at age 45 posing with Twilighters at a comic book convention?
RP: I mean, that would be totally fine—if I didn’t have any responsibilities, if it didn’t affect my career anymore. I did a couple of those after Harry Potter, when I was totally unemployed. You can have so much fun. There are so many weirdos there.
ELLE: Have you had many near-death experiences?
RP: Yes, loads. I am the worst driver in the world. Every time I get in a car, I call up my parents and say goodbye.
ELLE: What percentage of evil do you think you are?
RP: I mean, I used to think it was more—around 40. I think I was overestimating. I think it’s more like 3, which is very disappointing.
ELLE: Here’s a line from Maupassant: “The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom.” Any thoughts?
RP: That is an absolutely true quote. Round female bottoms are very much a miracle.
ELLE: What would have to happen to make tonight unforgettable? Anything you want.
RP: I just got a little dog, so I’m having a very girly night here with my pup, a rescue mutt. It’s going to sound like I’m making this up.
ELLE: What women did you daydream about as a teen?
RP: I was always obsessed with Kate Moss. On my bedroom wall I had a poster of Linda Blair and Kate Moss. I always liked Jane Fonda. Who else? Ellen Burstyn.
ELLE: Are you ever embarrassed these days?
RP: I guess if you’re constantly in public, you’re not embarrassed about anything. But dancing is my Achilles’ heel—I don’t even try. It’s like, “Come on, dance!” “No, I’m not getting up!” I can freestyle by myself with no one watching. I’m a great dancer then.
ELLE: Director Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) once described you as “bookish” and a “weirdo…in the best sense.”
RP: I guess I used to be weirder. When you’re confronted with yourself too much, you start to think, Jesus Christ, you’re so fucking boring. And the more you think you’re boring, the more you become boring. I talk about myself too much now.
ELLE: Have you seen the documentary Robsessed?
RP: I’ve seen bits, because someone said, “All your friends are being interviewed in it and talking about you,” and I was like, “What the fuck?” So I watched it. I love these people pretending to be my friends and pretending to have met me, having insider knowledge—and actually some kind-of-famous people who’ve never met me, they just destroy their credibility in one swoop. The one frightening thing is they’ve got it on iTunes, and I looked at all the comments and almost every single comment was, “Who is this idiot making a documentary about himself? Who does he think he is?”
ELLE: What are some descriptions of you that you’ve had enough of?
RP: I never got the “brooding” thing. I’ve had about enough of that.
ELLE: What would you like to replace it with?
RP: Brooded. “Rob Pattinson looking brooded.” Brooded: It’s, like, after you’ve finished brooding.
I made the scans smaller, smaller size. You can see them fullsize at RPLife :)
You’ve worked together before, how was that experience?
Reese: Yes! We met on the set of Vanity Fair. I played his mother (laughs). I was like 28.
Rob: I was like 16.
Can you describe your journey as Marlena?
Reese: It’s amazing. I feel so lucky playing this role. Marlena was abandoned when she was little and she found her way in 1920 America, a time when the country was going through the Depression. It was a great experience playing a woman that has an amazing journey through out the movie going through a violent relationship and finding finally some hope in her life.
Rob: He’ studying to become a vet in College. He’s about to take his finals when his parents die in an accident. He finds out they put their home on a second morgage and the clinic where he was supposed to work to pay for his studies. He gets on a train and tries to find job, he realizes he’s on a circus’ train. He sees Marlena the first day and she’s one of the reasons he decides to stay and work for the circus.
Rob, when does Jacob join the circus?
Reese, how was your training for the movie and your training to work with the elephant?
Reese: I trained for three months. I visited twice a week at her ranch where she lives with 6 other elephants. I fell off many times, but she’st is very skilled. She can pick up things the size of a pencil or a person. She picked me up with her mouth the first time we met. It was incredible.
Did you bond with the elephant in real life?
Reese: Yes. Today is the last day on set and I’m very sad about it. aving this amazing relationship with an animal is so magical.
Rob: I’m sad too. It’s weird. These elephants have an amazing aura. You feel so peaceful when you’re with them. I could sit next to her all day.
What about the other animals?
Rob: The lion gets mad pretty easily (laughs).
Reese: The zebras are crazy! One time one of them ran loose and we all had to run away from it, I took Christoph and had to hide behind him.
Rob: I think the zebra ran directly toward me (laughs), so I got out of the way like any sane person would, and I turned around the corner and it looked like Christoph was protecting Reese, but in reality, she was grabbing him like a shield in front of her (laughs).
Was it challenging working with horses?
Reese: It was harder than the training with elephants. I grew up riding horses but I hadn’t done it in a while. n the movie I had to straddle the horse and perform many stunts.
Was it easy for you to play your role, Rob?
Rob: Yes I think I can relate more to animals than to people. I discovered that each animal has its weaknesses. If you bring mints and candy elephants will love you. Giraffs will do anything you want if you wash your hands in fruit juice. There was a giraffe that trainers had been having problems with for 6 months because she refused to do anything. I went to her with my arms soaked in apple juice and she followed me everywhere.
Did you read the book before the movie?
Reese: I hadn’t read the book before making the movie. It was one of the books that I had in my house but had never read, I thought “I’ll read it soon” but never did. I found that it’s a beautiful love story. Sara Gruen, the author, did some major research for this book. It must’ve been a wonderful experience for her when she visited the set and seeing all the things she had imagined being brought to life.
Rob: I hadn’t read the book until I got the part. I was reading it on a plane and I realized a girl next to me was reading it too. Then I had to fly to do some final scenes for Eclipse and another person was reading it on the plane. It was so weird.
This role if very different from your role in Twilight. How exciting is this to you?
Rob: It’s amazing to work with such great actors. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed on. When I met the elephant I thought she was so amazing and I didn’t want anyone else to play this role. This has been an amazing experience from day 1. Everybody is very involved. It will be a great movie.