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I can’t control my destiny. I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be. There’s only now, there’s only here. Give in to love, or live in fear. No other path. No other way. No day but today.
Six Degrees of Robert Pattinson, post-Cannes Edition
Robert Pattinson is on the cover of the post-Cannes issue of Cahiers DuCinema, the most respected French film magazine (for true cinephiles). They put no particular person on their Cannes issue, just a sky full of stars.
Looking at the covers of their previous issues is like discovering a road map to his career. He’s said before that he made a list of 15 directors that he wanted to work with, and he went about contacting them and letting them know of his interest in them.
He has never revealed the whole list, but he has confirmed that David Cronenberg, Anton Corbijn, Werner Herzog, David Michod, Claire Denis, James Gray, Harmony Korine, and Roman Gavris were on it. That’s over half the list, and it only covers the last 5 years.
There is a 2013 CDC cover that has nine directors on it, and Pattinson has worked with or is attached to projects for three of those directors. A 2011 cover has Cronenberg and Martin Scorsese, who he has either worked with or is set to work with next year. Another cover features Brad Pitt, who produced The Lost City of Z.
As for co-stars, he’s connected there, too. Juliette Binoche, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman have all graced CDC covers, and they worked with Pattinson in Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars, and Queen of the Desert.
Pattinson has expressed his delight at having a film in competition at Cannes, and just looking at these covers amplifies the kind of creative artist he is. As the only actor from the Twilight franchise to have graced the cover of Cahiers Du Cinema, it shows the respect the film community has for him. This is not a magazine full of cosmetics ads–an actor can’t buy their way onto the cover, they have to earn it.
Pattinson is currently attached to projects directed by Claire Denis, Ciro Guerra, Anthony Campos, Joanna Hogg (Martin Scorsese producing), and David Michod again.These projects reflect Pattinson’s excellent taste in choosing filmmakers to work with, and they speak to his impressive range as an actor.
Talk about a man setting goals and meeting them–if there is any doubt about who is in charge of Pattinson’s career, I think you can stop wondering. He was the favorite to win Best Actor at Cannes this year, but the award went to Joaquin Phoenix, who’s film was the last to screen at the festival. Still, Pattinson won the Best Actor award from the International Cinephile Society (made up of the critics who see the films at Cannes), an honor in itself. He also won the IndieWire Critics Poll for Best Actor (and that one covered both actors and actresses–his was ranked the best performance, bar none).
It’s been said before that Pattiinson has the career any actor his age would envy, as he’s gone from critical success to critical success, and he’s also been called the savior of indie filmmaking (given his ability to get auteur films the necessary financing). He currently is a contender for a Best Actor Academy Award for his electrifying performance in Good Time, and it’s wonderful to see him finally getting the long overdue recognition he so richly deserves.
I’ve always had it in my head that my sole purpose in life
is to help other people and I was never sure how I could possibly make a career
out of that. How is someone supposed to profit out of helping other people? For
people who don’t know me very well or don’t spend enough time with me, it
probably sounds like I’m exaggerating when I say that my sole purpose in life
is to help people but I can’t see myself doing anything else.
My parents, being retired, want me to get a college
education so I can get a decent job and have a nice life. So, in short, they
want exactly what I’m assuming every parent wants for their child – to be
financially stable. That being said, when I told them I wanted to major in
political science, they immediately scoffed at the idea because they believe
that there’s no scope for it in Sri Lanka because to become president here
doesn’t necessarily require a college education. But what they fail to
understand is that, my intention to pursue political science isn’t because I
want to be in power one day but it’s because of the people who are in power
In school we are taught to be kind to one another, to share,
to clean up our mess, and not to hurt others. I find it ironic how that’s what
we are conditioned to do from a very young age yet our governments tend to go
out and do exactly the opposite of what we’ve been told do. Developed countries
bomb smaller countries and refuse asylum to refugees that are displaced because
of the actions of these governments. According to Oxfam, the richest one
percent of the world own as much wealth as the bottom ninety-nine percent
combined. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to share. We are
afraid to let go of some of our wealth. I’m not a communist but I’m not a
capitalist either. I believe that we should work hard for our wealth but it
should not be at the cost of someone else’s life. I don’t see the morality in
having more money than one needs when twenty-two thousand children die each day
due to poverty, and they die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth,
far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world.
Income inequality, poverty, and climate change are not
heaven sent. They are man-made problems often, if not always, created by the
politicians we elect to represent us: the people. Unfortunately, politics has
become a competitive sport for some and the minute they come into office, they
forget who they are representing and instead, focus more on re-election.
Funnily enough, if they were to do what was best for the majority rather than
their wealthy donors, then they wouldn’t need to worry so much on whether they
would be re-elected or not.
Pursuing political science, I’m hoping, would allow me to
gain the experience and understanding I need to be able to change the world one
day. I understand how unrealistic or may be even overly idealistic that may
sound, but I’m not afraid to risk my life or my well-being fighting for what I
believe in. People can laugh at my “naivety” if they wish but someone has to do
something, so why not me? What if Martin Luther King decided that racism would
be too difficult of an obstacle to overcome? What if Nelson Mandela believed
overcoming institutionalized racism and apartheid was unrealistic? What if
Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony decided that fighting for women’s rights
was overly idealistic? Where would we be today if they didn’t do what was once
considered impossible? Just like them, I intend to pursue my goal despite
constantly being told that it’s “silly” and “naive” of me to actually consider