PopCode’s interview with Robert Pattinson and producers Paris Kassidokosta-Latsis and Terry Dougas the premiere of Good Time in Athens, Greece
Question : How did they end up working together?
Latsis and Douglas have been a fan of Rob for a long time, when they were introduced to the Safdie brothers, saw the trailer of their last movie, and read the script, they were hooked and came on board.
Rob: “When I met them (the Safdies) I just wanted to do something which just felt very connected, breathless and it’s pacing. And all of their movies just feel kind of out of control and I really wanted to do something like that.
Many people have called this your best performance, do you feel that way too?
I can’t really tell about my own stuff, I really wanted to do something which felt very very of the moment, and I think the Safdies definitely have that. They’re very “zeitgeisty” directors at the moment and I think that is what people are connecting to, and it’s been a while since there’s a proper punk movie and it just feels a little more dangerous than the average that comes out.
Do you have a career plan, how do you pick? Is this a cinephile exercise?
Basically after I did Cosmopolis with Cronenberg in 2012 or 13, I didn’t really realize that you could actually work with these kind of legendary film auteurs. And it really changed my whole rationale on how I pick things. Because it was a massive high after doing that job and even just getting the job in the first place. And so afterwards I was kind of just tracking down people like Herzog, Claire Denis, James Grey, all these people who I just grew up loving their movies. But I didn’t really think I could actually work with them, so for a long time, I was basically just trying to recreate my DVD shelf from when I was 17, I’m still kind of in the process of that.
Rob blanked out when asked about working with dream collaborators. He only managed to mention working with Ciro Guerra next year after finding the director’s last movie “Embrace of a Serpent” incredible.
Which scene stands out and was fun to do?
It was a really really fun character. Playing any part that he (Connie) doesn’t really have any fear and doesn’t have any shame in his actions, you are playing someone who is not self-reflective at all, so there is a relentlessness to almost any interaction he has with anybody else. So it is always kind of fun, you are having to play parts where you are kind of always up and down, kind of depressing scenes, but there is all just forward momentum. A lots of scenes are really funny, a lot of scenes I am doing with Buddy Duress are just fun. I am working with the Safdies and they are just quite audacious, they always like putting in their writing just left turns all over. In every single scene, you feel you’re going in one direction and suddenly it just complete switches genres in the middle of a scene. Yeah, it’s always fun to do that.
What are the other cult favourite movies that you might really enjoy?
I defintely watched Straight Time before we did it. (with Dustin Hoffman), and The Executioner’s Song with Tommy Lee Jones, that was a TV movie, which was a big part of it, and lots and lots of stuff about Charles Manson. A big big part of the performance is Manson.
How was it like working with Cronenberg?
It was such a gift to do Cosmopolis. I didn’t really know what I was going to do as the Twilight series was ending. Eventhough I have done movies in between, I just haven’t got a specific direction where I was going to go and Cosmopolis just came out of nowhere and I just thought that the writing was so excellent. And as soon as you worked with someone who’s just kind of a titan, and he had so much trust in me and so much belief, it really changed my whole attitude towards acting, my career in general. If Cronenberg calls you, it’s a vote of confidence, it kind of allowed me to go into other things afterwards, which I don’t know if I would have the confidence to try and pursue without that.
#Only transcribed Rob’s answers.