Robert Pattinson admits that Bel Ami is still in editing because studio honchos are worried about alienating audiences used to his goody-two-shoes persona in the Twilight franchise.
RPattz plays the titular Bel Ami in an adaptation of Maupassant’s classic novel about a 19th century womanising, social-climbing journalist who sleeps his way round Paris.
Filming in the UK and Budapest opposite leading ladies Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas wrapped in spring 2010 and was originally slated for a Christmas release. It currently has no confirmed opening date.
“We were really true to the book and because the guy is basically a shit who wins everything at the end it’s really difficult to market it – especially with me in it,” Pattinson tells TF exclusively.
“Everyone’s worried that everyone’s going to be thinking, ‘Oh I want him to be nice, he’s got to be nice to all the ladies’.”
Bel Ami, though, is an unrepentant cad. “I know,” laughs the Water For Elephants star, “But that was fun!”
For more on Robert Pattinson and Water For Elephants check out the latest issue of Total Film, out 14 April.
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“It’s about a character called Georges Duroy, who is a broke ex-soldier in Paris in 1890. Basically, he has no drive. He’s just jealous of everything. I quite liked the story,” Pattinson says, describing his role as “a completely amoral, evil character.”
Despite the European period setting, he also believes the themes are universal.
“Kids nowadays, everyone feels entitled. You see someone who wants to do a job, but they don’t want to do an entry level job. ‘I want $100,000 a year as soon as I’m out of the gate.’
“That’s exactly what this guy is like. But he’s completely talentless. The only thing he does is, by accident, he finds this guy he’s in the army with in a brothel, and this other guy wants to impress him, so he gives (Georges) some money and invites him around.
“It ends up being like he invited the devil into his house. (Georges) seduces his wife and seduces all his wife’s friends. Every single influential woman he can get, he has an affair with. And he ends up screwing over the entire society and making millions and millions of francs. It’s a story about how the s—s can completely win sometimes, just by doing absolutely nothing and stabbing everybody in the back.”
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The first official images from Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney have been released and we’ve got them in high resolution after the jump. The film which also stars Philip Glenister and Holliday Grainger was shot on locations in and around London and Budapest during an eleven week shoot. Shooting wrapped on April 22nd.
Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, the film is an erotically charged story of ambition, power and seduction. Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.
Here’s some more info on the film and further down are the images:
Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) is Madeleine, Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy) is Virginie, Christina Ricci (Monster) is Clotilde, Colm Meaney (The Damned United) is Rousset, Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) is Charles and Holliday Grainger (Scouting Book for Boys) is Suzanne.
The screenplay is by Rachel Bennette from the novel by Guy de Maupassant. Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty) is the Producer and Simon Fuller is Executive Producer. The Director of Photography is Stefano Falivene (Carmel); Attila F. Kovacs (Sunshine) is Production Designer; Costumes are designed by Odile Dicks-Mireaux (An Education); Hair and Make-up is by Jenny Shircore (The Young Victoria) and the Editor is Masahiro Hirakubo (The Duchess).
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