RPatz: I idolised James Dean

Robert Pattinson has had fun shaking off his Twilight stereotype.

Robert Pattinson believes every actor becomes “obsessed” with James Dean.

The Twilight star’s latest project is drama Life, in which he plays photographer Dennis Stock, who shot the legendary black-and-white picture of iconic actor James that shows him with a cigarette dangling from his lips.

Known for classics such as East of Eden and Giant, the late heartthrob is unsurprisingly a hero for many of today’s stars starting out in Hollywood.

“I think every actor goes through a phase of being obsessed with James Dean,” Robert smiled during a press conference at Berlin Film Festival, where Life premiered.

“When I was 16 or 17 you’d just always do an impression of James Dean, no matter the role! I think James Dean liked it when people looked at him. And then there are those actors, who don’t really know why they’re actors. I think that’s the category I’m in [laughs]!”

To imitate James, Robert would strike a few poses, such as resting his elbows on his thighs and his head in his hands – although he admits anyone watching him would probably have been baffled as to what he was doing.

Robert, 28, shot to fame as vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise. He immediately became a pin-up for young girls and his on- and off-screen relationship with co-star Kristen Stewart made for tabloid fodder.

Now he’s branching out with challenging roles, including parts in The Rover and Cosmopolis.

“It was good for me. After all, everyone has something they are fighting against,” he explained.

“It can also be positive when people accuse you of being typecast. That spurs you on to try and be cast for other things… it gives you a kind of energy… it’s fun to break free of an image like that.”
Copyright: Cover Media 2015

Tuesday, 10. February 2015