Robert Pattinson made a short film that highlights how multi-talented he is, and what a brilliant future as a writer lies before him, should he want to write a screenplay one day.
Released by GQ, the clever short comedy
was written by Pattinson himself, and clearly takes some inspiration
from his own life, spent trapped in hotel rooms, trying to avoid the rabid Twilight crazies.
Comedy is much harder to execute successfully than drama. “Fear and Shame” is as good as the best of Monty Python and SNL Digital Shorts. Beginning by speaking to
himself as he paces around The Bowery Hotel, he angrily tosses a salami
wrapper out of the mini-bar before finding inspiration by the sight of a man eating
a hot dog on the sidewalk.
“This city is a labyrinth designed to mock
me,” he says. Displaying yet another aspect of his facility with accents/voice work, he hilariously narrates his thought processes and actions throughout the film.
Foregoing all fears about the outside world, Pattinson
dons sunglasses and a baseball cap to brave the maze (and potential
onslaught of fans) in search of a juicy dog. He proves adept at physical comedy, using his entire body to humorous effect.
“Kumaré” director Vikram Gandhi was a good match for Pattinson’s script,
scoring his frenzied machinations with some restrained but well-placed
fast motion shots. If this short is any indication, Pattinson has a bright (one could even
say brilliant) future as a filmmaker.
2015 is the 10 year anniversary of the SNL digital short.
Lazy Sunday was the first. The iconic video was shot in days, on a low-quality borrowed camera. The group spend the night before the show editing it for broadcast, and freaking out.
Lazy Sunday made Youtube, and has been called the video that launched viral videos, with millions of views before it was pulled.
But if you look closely, you can just see a bunch of guys who nobody knew, filming, with no permits and having fun.
Samberg and Parnell walk up to a clerk who has no idea what’s going on..
And start rapping together.
But blink, and you’ll miss it, when they catch her smiling at the camera…
… as Samberg and Parnell ham it up in front of her !
Samberg said the best thing about the video was that, because it was pre-taped, they had no idea how the audience would react to it. When you hear the audience laughing, on the video, you’re hearing the same sounds that the cast heard as they waited- the reaction that told Samberg et. al that they had a hit.