“It’s up to Heche and Oh, then, to make this story register as something more than just a series of madcap scuffles. And both actresses deliver with two perfectly prickly performances that add more comic dimension and personal variation to the story than what exists on the page. Their emotional alertness, in particular, comes in handy when Tukel decides to take this jazzy film into darker, drearier terrain. Neither Heche nor Oh is afraid to play the sadness of a scene, to shed a tear or underplay an especially mordant comeback at the risk of losing a laugh.
By taking the material so seriously, both actresses ultimately transform this jaunty, vengeful pseudo-satire into something actually sobering – a tragicomedy that, at its best, stings and then aches like a punch in the face.” – Matthew Eng
In Good Time, the actor proves once again the extent of his game. And he enjoys seeing people surprised by his talent! Very frank interview.
Robert Pattinson laughs a great deal. We did not expect it. Like
everyone else, we thought he would be melancholic, distant, taciturn - in
short, like the vampire Edward Cullen who made him famous in Twilight. Of
course, it’s been five years since then,
five years that he’s had several spectacular performances with prestigious directors: David Cronenberg in 2012 and in 2014, James Gray
this year … one would believe that by this stage, his reputation would be made. But no. As he emphasizes so joyously–every new film, amazement, everyone realizes that Robert Pattinson is a good actor. And ultra-friendly, moreover.
The phenomenon has not failed to recur with his latest metamorphosis, Good Time, in French theaters this Wednesday. Selected to be in competition
at the last Cannes Film Festival, this thriller was inspired by Pattinson, working with brothers
Joshua and Benny Safdie, a promising duo that Martin Scorsese himself
took under his wing (he will produce their next film).
Pattinson is playing Connie, a nice boy capable of the worst. To
prevent his brother Nick, who suffers from a mental handicap, from
being interned in a specialized institution, he drags him into a bank
robbery. The money, he says, will be used to buy a farm. Except that Nick is caught and imprisoned. And that, to make him escape, Connie will make all the possible wrong decisions - including dyeing his hair peroxide blonde! Add
to that a face streaked with acne scars and a dull beard and you will
get a Robert Pattinson so unrecognizable that he could walk the streets
of New York without anyone stopping him for an autograph.
Interview with the Le Point: Your performance in Good Time was unanimously well received. What’s funny is that people seems to discover that you are a good actor with every new film …
Robert Pattinson:I wonder how much people think I’m a bad actor to be so surprised by each of my films. Do you think that in ten years they will still say: “Woah, he’s not that bad!”? (He bursts into laughter.) But that’s pretty good, isn’t it? It’s great to be able to surprise people, it gives you a lot of energy. It puts pressure on me in a positive way.
LP: Is it possible for an actor to get rid of the audience’s prejudices? Of the perception it has of you?
RP: I always thought that you had to accept the fact that people who saw you in a role will have a certain idea about you, some expectations. But I think we have more control than we think. It just takes time and work. It’s clear that after five movies in the same vampire role, we can’t expect that people won’t identify him to me. But it would be the same for any role.
LP: People may underestimate you because of Twilight, but it seems that you yourself tend to think you are bad!
RP: Absolutely. (Laughs) I don’t know why. For example, for this film, even if I love it and it was selected in Cannes, my brain couldn’t help but whisper to me: “It’s going to be a disaster, maybe this film is shitty.” And, as I arrived in Cannes, I was in a terrible mood, ready to fight with everybody. The day before the public screening, I felt pathetic and I was so angry that I was arguing with people about nothing. I don’t know why this happens to me, it’s a strange kind of stress.
LP: Lots of actors avoid reading the reviews about them so as not to feel depressed. You, on the contrary, you devour them …
RP: Yes, and when they are good, I look for the bad ones! (Laughs.) Some reviews are really interesting: they don’t just give an opinion, they are well written and make you think. Besides, I stole quotes from critics several times to bring them out in interviews! (Laughter.)
LP” Today, these reviews say you are at your best, that Good Time is your best role so far. Is it your feeling too?
RP: I don’t know. It’s such a strange industry because it totally depends on what others do. We can only be good to the extent of the opportunities we are offered. With each film, I expect it to be my last one.
LP: You hate doing auditions …
RP: I’m awful during auditions. I really can’t do them. Before Twilight, I had 10,000 auditions and I only got nine jobs. I even lost my agent several times because I was so bad. It’s an anxiety problem. And then I don’t like the balance of power in these auditions: 20 people in front of you who judge you, it’s very humiliating, how can you not feel terribly bad?
LP: Fortunately, today you no longer need this: almost all the directors would be delighted to have you in one of their films, right? Your name is synonymous with fame, fans …
RP: If someone hires me thinking that I’m going to bring an audience with me, it makes me nervous. I can’t guarantee it, nobody can. But I think the people who hire me no longer think about it, so they can’t be disappointed in the end! I should do romantic movies again so that could work! (Laughter.)
LP: You should do a romantic comedy!
RP: I love rom-coms! The other day, I was watching ‘You Got Mail,’ it’s a really great movie, but nobody writes like that any more…
LP: Do you get a lot of offers? How do you choose your projects?
RP: I’m very pro-active. You go crazy if you just wait for something to happen. I try to find directors or screenwriters who are not too well known yet. I set up my Twitter account to follow many journalists who specialize in cinema and I literally spend my days reading reviews and watching movies. For the Safdie brothers, I came across a still from one of their films. I asked my agent if she knew them, but apparently no one had ever heard of them. So I rushed to my phone to ask them for a role, whatever it was!
LP: Are there directors with whom you still dream to work with?
RP: It’s strange because there are a lot of French directors who interest me. I would really like to work with Maïwenn, I think her last film incredible. And Maren Ade! Toni Erdmann is so great. I would like to play in a comedy too …
LP: It’s so uncommon that a “Hollywood” actor is so attract by European cinema!
RP: It’s just that I get bored very easily. I don’t like to watch predictable movies. I find it crazy that many actors never watch movies. How can you enjoy being an actor and not enjoy movies? I can honestly say that’s the only thing that interests me!
“My practical advice for a young comic is if you want to do this, do something. Do a lot of it. If you want to build an internet presence, then tweet this amount of times, tweet this many jokes or post this many times. Approach it like a job and take it seriously.”
Nash Edgerton’s hilariously sick 2007 short film “Spider” is a recognised classic of the genre, winning numerous awards and still serving as a frequent teaching tool at film schools around the world. When asked where idea for the film came from, Nash simply says:
“[It] was an idea that popped into my head that wouldn’t go away. it would constantly
plague my thoughts and eventually started to drive me a little crazy, so I knew
I had to get it out of my head and make it so I could make room for other
ideas. And, yeah, it was based on a number things that happened growing up –
fights with girls in cars; a toy rubber spider I used to scare my Mum with; an
incident in a car with my brother and I and a real spider on the freeway; and my
Mum (like a lot of Mums) saying, ‘It’s all fun and games until someone loses an
If you haven’t yet seen “Spider” click on the following link and prepare to be shocked, horrified, and delighted. :-)