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Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Josh and Ben Safdie, is set to premiere at Cannes in a coveted 10 pm screening on May 25th, near the end of the festival, which hands out the Palm d’Or on May 28th. Festival organizers usually save the best for last. (The Lost City of Z, starring Robert Pattinson, was in the coveted closing night spot at the New York Film Festival last October, and has been hailed as “a masterpiece.”) 

The film is in competition, and so is the soundtrack, which was created by electronic genius OPN and legend, Iggy Pop. Josh Safdie has called the score “a heartbreaking masterpiece!” Rob has history in the soundtrack category, as Howard Shore’s score for Maps to the Stars won in 2014.

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The Lost City of Z may be his most overtly conventional work to date, but there is nothing common about the sheer scale of his ambition. Like his own restless hero, Gray is unafraid to wander deeper and deeper into the jungles of his own imagination, an undaunted explorer who can see the wonders that consume him and longs to show them so as to understand why.” — Matthew Eng

Get ready. James Gray’s The Lost City of Z is a masterpiece.

'The Lost City of Z' Star Robert Pattinson on His Epic Beard, Embarrassing Amazon Habit, and If He'd Ever Return to the 'Twilight' World
Robert Pattinson on April 5 at the ‘Lost City of Z’ premiere (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Robert Pattinson has been waiting for his new movie The Lost City of Z to be revealed to moviegoers for nearly a decade. That’s about how long ago the 30-year-old Twilight alum was first approached by writer-director James Gray for his adaptation of David Grann’s popular non-fiction book about explorer Percy Fawcett’s long and dangerous search in the early 20th century for a hidden indigenous civilization in the Amazon.

Pattinson hung with the project through multiple lead changes (from Brad Pitt to Benedict Cumberbatch to, finally, Charlie Hunnam, who plays Fawcett). He even outgrew the role he was initially in the running for: Percy’s son Jack, played by Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland. Pattison now portrays Henry Costin, a minor character in the book expanded for the screen, Fawcett’s hard-drinking, thick-bearded aide-de-camp. (The movie opens in theaters on Friday.)

In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Movies, Pattinson talked about the risks he’s attempted to take over the course of his career (even if no one noticed), if he’d ever consider returning to role of vampire Edward Cullen, and his embarrassing online habit that will pay dividends come one of his next films, Good Time.

How familiar were you with the source material for Lost City of Z? Had you read David Grann’s book?
Yeah, James gave me the book when it was a totally different script. Or I may have read it long before there was even a script at all. I think at the time he was thinking about me to play Percy’s son. Because I must’ve only been about 21. And then I just kind of stayed with it as time went on, and it went through all these different casts. [Laughs]

It sounds like the script changed a lot over the years. What were the biggest changes made over time?When I first read it, it was a straight action movie, like Indiana Jones. It was this rip-roaring adventure movie, and not this kind of epic, elegant saga that takes place over 30 years.

Costin is a much more minor character in the book. What did you build off of to shape him?
Well, I always thought with Percy’s character it would be a good idea to have a foil. I always interpreted Percy’s character as this man determined to fix the reputation that he thinks he’s deserved, and which his father has ruined for him…. He keeps going back to the jungle again and again and again, just to fix this insecurity. So I liked the idea of Costin being this character who basically had a total disregard for the English aristocracy or any kind of social climbing whatsoever. So he didn’t really want to bring anything back from the jungle, anyway. The entire point for him was just to go because he had nothing to live for in England.

Robert Pattinson in ‘The Lost City of Z’ (Photo: Amazon)

How much information was out there about the real guy? Any sense of his military career?
Well, Costin in reality was a refrigerator salesman. There was an advert in the Times of London saying, “Adventurers Wanted.” That’s actually how he got the job. [Laughs] He was one of the only people who applied for it. But he was in the army — he was a physical fitness instructor. But really, I liked the craziness of just applying to be an adventurer.

You rock some pretty rad facial hair in this movie. Did that look grow on you (pun intended), or did you not care for it?
By the end, I was definitely over it. But at least when you’re shooting a movie with your face covered, there’s very little makeup to be done. It was definitely, “Get out of bed, and that’s it” situation. That helped in the middle of the jungle.

You’ve played lead roles, you’ve taken supporting parts this is more of a supporting role in an ensemble. Do you have a preference these days?
There are certain directors I just really want to work with, and you bring what you can to a part. But in some ways it’s kind of nice [to play a supporting role]. It is a little bit liberating because you don’t have to concentrate on the narrative thrust of the story. You’re just purely thinking about character and just embellishing it a little bit. But with this, I would’ve played any part in it, pretty much.

Costin has some great lines in this movie. I think one of my favorites is when you say to Hunnam, “We’re too British for this jungle.” Did you guys feel out of your element filming in the jungles of Colombia?
No, I really loved it. I guess in some ways, it was kind of hard. But it’s just incredible, going to work every day in a little boat, going up river in the middle of virgin jungle in Colombia. It was very, very close to being on vacation, to be honest. [Laughs]

Watch Pattinson and Hunnam in a scene from ‘The Lost City of Z:’

But the type of vacation where you couldn’t eat anything?
Well, yeah. There’s a certain degree of harshness, and we were trying to lose as much as weight as possible in a really short period of time. So I guess there’s that element to it. But there’s a reason those guys wanted to keep going back as well. It’s amazing.

Do you consider yourself pretty adventurous? Could your relate to that thirst for exploration?
Yeah, definitely. I do sometimes find myself gravitating toward a job just because it’s shooting out in the middle of nowhere. If I’m shooting in a city, generally it can become a repetitive scenario. If you have anyone taking pictures on their phones, it just constantly reminds you of the reality of your life. And I find it becomes a little more difficult. Whereas if you’re out in the jungle and everyone is on the same page as you, you just sort of believe in character a little bit more.

What is your own personal Amazonian adventure? What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career so far?
I don’t know: I’ve done things which I thought were going to be really risky, which ended up not being risky at all. I generally try to keep finding ways to push the envelope as much as I can, and whenever I get the opportunity to do it, I generally try to take it. But I don’t really worry about taking risks, to be honest.

What’s something that you thought was risky that ended up not being?
I did this movie years ago called Bel Ami, which was at the height of all the Twilight stuff. It was this Guy de Maupassant novel about a guy who seduces women specifically to screw them out of their money and ruin their lives. I thought that was a relatively subversive choice to make at the time. [Laughs] And no one really seemed to think the same thing.

What is your relationship with your Twilight fanbase these days? Has the madness that surrounded your life calmed down at all?
It’s definitely calmed down in terms of my everyday life, but mainly because I spend more time in London, which is totally different. And I’m doing more parts that just sort of interest me, while in a lot of ways taking a little bit of a step back just to learn and get better. I guess I’ve never really acknowledged what the fan base is, or even if I have one. [Laughs]

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in ‘Twilight’ (Photo: Summit)

Oh, you have one.
But yeah, I’m always pretty curious about what people say afterwards, and who turns up, who likes the movie. It’s always kind of random. But I love it when someone who you just really wouldn’t expect says, “Oh, I liked you in this.”

What films have been most unexpected?
It’s always just really strange. I’ve done a bunch of movies which I thought might’ve been impossible to be seen. There was this film Little Ashes, where I played Salvador Dalí, from years and years ago, and just the other day I was walking down the street and somebody came up and said, “Oh, that’s my favorite film!” You kind of forget that people even watch your films. [Laughs]

What do you think of all the universe building that is going on in Hollywood right now, and the possibility that they could reboot Twilight and expand its world? Could you ever see yourself playing Edward Cullen again?
Really, they’re expanding it? So I’ll get my own spin-off? [Laughs]

Potentially! It could be called Edward: Homecoming.
Yeah, exactly.

But would you ever dip back in if the opportunity presented itself?
I mean, I’m always kind of curious. Anything where there’s a mass audience — or seemingly an audience for it — I always like the idea of subverting peoples’ expectations. So there could be some radical way of doing it, which could be quite fun. It’s always difficult when there’s no source material. But yeah, I’m always curious.

What type of role haven’t you been offered yet that you’re eager for?
I sort of, to a fault, rely a little bit too much on being inspired by things that land on my doorstep. I literally just did this movie called Good Time, which I think is a really interesting role. But I would’ve never, ever predicted that I would’ve liked it. [Pattinson plays a New York bank robber running from the police.] I think that he’s basically the embodiment of an angry commenter on the internet.

That sounds great.
Well, if you watch the movie you’ll probably be like, “Huh? What are you talking about?” But one of my favorite things to do — this is quite embarrassing — but you know how when you look on Amazon, and you see a product that’s got a consumer review that is so scathing, on like an electric toothbrush or something? Like, literally buying this toothbrush has ruined this person’s life. I always click on that person’s buying history, or their other reviews, and I’ll just read them for days and days. And I’m really amused. These people just have to vent this kind of furious anger on product reviews. I’ve always found that sort of character really interesting. [Laughs]

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Robert Pattinson: 7th Most Stylish Man in the World

GQ Germany has compiled a list of the 100 Most Stylish Men in the World, and they rank Robert Pattinson at #7: “The Times of the Grunge Style are over for him. Obviously the actor has found his personal, very genuine but fashionable style in the past few years. Not just since he’s been representing Dior. He sports well-selected, high-quality basics and strategically selected high-fashion ensembles. The way, for example, he cleverly and bravely stylizes this dark crop sweater is new and good.” In other words, he’s a trendsetter. 

Everyone agrees in the past few years Rob has really upped his style game.

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“Robert Pattinson can represent the classic side of DIOR but with a very contemporary and rebellious aspect.”

~ Kris Van Assche, Dior’s Creative Director

Van Assche is celebrating his tenth year with Dior, currently as Dior Homme’s Creative Director, and talked to Vogue about it. Excerpt:

In recent seasons, his Dior Homme show has become a tentpole of the Paris men’s season for its lively mash-up of classical tailoring and street-inspired separates. The increased interest in Dior Homme and Van Assche is down to the increasingly personal nature of his collections, which have lately touched on the New Wave musicians and subcultures that affected him growing up. Van Assche’s Dior Homme has character—and the proof is in the characters who love it, among them a motley crew of campaign stars like Robert Pattinson, Rami Malek and A$AP Rocky. 

KVA: “I’ve always been somebody who likes contrast. That was already the case in my own collections. I always like the tension you get when you mix things that are not supposed to work together, like tailoring and sportswear, or in more recent seasons like New Wave music and rave parties and sportswear. I’ve always felt that menswear was about rules and codes.

“All men want to belong to a certain group, whether it’s a biker group or a sports club group or whether they are Wall Street guys or in a music scene—all men try to fit into a certain group with strict codes and rules, and men tend to get very comfortable within that box. I like to take different boxes and mix it all up and get men out of their comfort zone. It’s also the idea of keeping things more modern, avoiding clichés, avoiding vintage, avoiding things that are too literal. If I had to sum up Dior today, it’s much about that contrast, the contrast of sartorial tailoring but also in a very fashion way.” 

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THE LOST CITY OF Z- Official UK Trailer- In cinemas March 24th

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Robert Pattinson is building an impressive filmography

It’s already trite to say Robert Pattinson has surpassed his Twilight stardom and become a remarkable actor. Pattinson chooses his directors wisely. This year alone, he is promoting movies by James Gray, Josh and Ben Safdie and the Zellner brothers. The films by the Safdies and Zellners are strongly expected to premiere at Cannes, a festival where Pattinson is a welcome face.

In the 4 years since the Twilight franchise ended, Pattinson has had 9 films in theaters, to much critical acclaim, working with such vaunted directors as David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars), David Michod (The Rover), Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), Anton Corbijn (Life), James Gray (The Lost City of Z), and award-winning edgy young director, Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader, winner of two Golden Lions at the Venice Film Festival for Best Film and Best Director).

Pattinson came in at #9 on IMDB’s list of “Top 25 Stars of All Time,” showing he’s lost none of his popularity since Twilight ended. It’s also significant to note that most of these films were able to go into production based on Rob’s participation, and without him, they wouldn’t have been made. Pattinson has the career any actor his age would envy, and his future looks bright indeed, with a new film, High Life, helmed by revered French director Claire Denis, to go into production later this year.

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Robert Pattnson’s official Berlinale portrait goes on display in Berlin at the Sony complex, ahead of his appearance at the film festival for the gala premiere of The Lost City of Z on Feb. 14th. Rob co-stars as Henry Costin, an adventurer and fellow explorer, alongside Charlie Hunnam. The film opens in the UK on March 24, and in US on April 14th.

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Looking every inch like a classic movie star, Robert Pattinson commanded the red carpet at the London premiere of The Lost City of Z. The exclusive event was held at the British Museum, which made a perfect backdrop for this film about explorers, which opens in the UK on March 24 and in the US on April 14th, 2017.

Rob’s whole family was there, along with his fiancee, FKA twigs, who he pulled onto the red carpet to walk with him. Rob is in head to toe Dior Homme, and the film is currently very Fresh at 90 on RT. Both are clear winners.

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THE LOST CITY OF Z had the best PTA of all films in release

It debuted with $28,158 per screen in 4 theaters, $112k total. What this means is that The Lost City of Z attracted more people per theater than any other film in release, including The Fast & the Furious (of course F&F was on many more screens so it was seen by more people, but such a high per screen average is a good sign for a long run when TLCOZ expands this weekend). 

The Wrap analysis: While “The Fate of the Furious” grabbed all the mainstream attention this Easter weekend, art house moviegoers had a huge number of new releases vying for their attention.The most prominent of these releases was Amazon Studios’ and Bleecker Street’s “The Lost City of Z,” … about a British explorer who vanished without a trace during the 1920s while searching for an ancient lost city in the Amazon.

Directed by James Gray starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland and Sienna Miller, the film made $112,633 from four screens to earn the highest per-screen average of the weekend with $28,158. The film currently sports an 88 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Rob spent the day doing interviews for The Lost City of Z at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills today. Excited journalists tweeted about meeting him, and feeling special because they got to interview him. Steve Weintraub, founder and editor of Collider, said : “Today’s junket. When I arrived found out Robert Pattinson is doing just two one-on-one interviews and somehow I’m one of them. He doesn’t do a lot of press so happy to have made the cut.”

Later he added: “Just had a great wide-ranging conversation with Robert Pattinson about movies, art, and acting. Super nice guy. Can’t wait to post.  Other highlight was just talking after the interview ended about why he should watch Legion and other awesome tv shows. He knows his stuff.”

We know Rob did a joint interview with Charlie Hunnam that will air on Good Morning America on Tuesday, April 11th. This photo is from that interview.

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‘Good Time’ First Look: Robert Pattinson’s Indie Hot Streak Continues With Safdie Brothers’ Cannes Contender

Ben and Joshua Safdie’s latest film about a bank robber will premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month.  by Graham Winfrey

Excerpt: Robert Pattinson is extending his list of films that will have their world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival with “Good Time,” which follows a bank robber who finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him. The film will play in Competition at Cannes. Pattinson’s previous Cannes movies include David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” and “Maps To The Stars” and David Michod’s “The Rover.” 

Directed by brothers Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie, “Good Time” also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi. Josh Safdie recently commented on the film in an Instagram post, saying: 

“GOOD TIME, the film we’ve been slaving over for the past 19 months, will world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the main competition! Here’s a still of #RobertPattinson as Connie. He and everyone else in the film are incredible. @a24 will release it in the US. This movie couldn’t have happened without many great HARD working people, who know who they are.. Hope we made you proud.”

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“Pattinson is not only one of the most gorgeous guys in movies, he’s one of the nicest. When I’ve spoken with him at premieres, he’s friendly, funny and doesn’t have the big old ego-head that so many stars do.” 

~ Johanna Molloy, journalist, NYDN

Reporters, who meet the same stars year after year and see them go from fresh, polite, eager young stars to spoiled, selfish, big-headed monsters, surrounded by a team who feeds their egos and tell them they’re wonderful when they really stink, all still have nice things to say about how Rob has handled his success. They know a kind, generous, decent, grounded adult when they see one, and they see one in Rob. 

Rob is famous for spending so much time posing for photos and signing autographs for fans at premieres and other events. At the Berlinale this year, he alone spent a half an hour with fans on the red carpet after everyone else had gone inside the theater. They held the movie until he went inside and was seated, and it was written up in the Berlin newspaper the next day.. 

Top photo: Robert Pattinson at the Berlin Film Festival for The Lost City of Z, 2.17

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Robert Pattinson is starring in two films that are being considered for competition at Cannes. That’s the quality of work he’s done consistently since the Twilight franchise ended.

Rob has already had Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars and The Rover premiere at Cannes. The Lost City of Z has been called a “masterpiece” by numerous critics, and could easily have made its debut at Cannes if the director, James Gray, had chosen to submit it there (he recently talked about his decision to skip Cannes in The Telegraph UK).

Several other publications have included Rob’s two films on their list of potential Cannes selections (most recently Screen Daily & IonCinema), and now it’s IndieWire’s turn:

“Good Time”

Directors: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi
WHY IT MIGHT GET IN: Joshua and Bennie Safdie have been fixtures of the American film scene ever since launching their first two features, “The Pleasure of Being Robbed” and “Go Get Some Rosemary” (also titled “Daddy Long Legs”) at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight back in 2008 and 2009. Since then, the New York filmmakers’ admirers have only grown (Martin Scorsese has signed on to executive produce their next film “Uncut Gems”) — especially after their innovative and critically acclaimed “Heaven Knows What” premiered at Venice and Toronto in 2014.

Their newest film “Good Time,” starring Robert Pattinson as a bank robber, looks to be another big step forward for the Safdies. After seeing footage of the crime drama, which features the “Twilight” star trying to avoid a dragnet, “Moonlight” distributor A24 picked up the film last fall. -CO 

“Damsel”

Directors: David and Nathan Zellner
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska
WHY IT MIGHT GET IN: Austin-based sibling directors David and Nathan Zellner went from eccentric local favorites to nationally-beloved auteurs with the release of their Sundance breakout “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” a dark comedy about a Japanese woman who thinks “Fargo” is real and goes in search of treasure alongside her scene-stealing bunny, Bunzo.

The film was proof the Zellners could handle a bigger scale and name actors, which helped them land Pattinson and Wasikowska for this bizarre-sounding comedic western about a businessman wandering mountainous terrain with his fiancee. Early images from the set found Pattinson roaming the landscape with both a rifle and a guitar, which should give you a sense of the potential genre-busting style on display here. The Zellners are overdue to break out on the international circuit, and this is just the kind of strangely alluring story to do it. -Eric Kohn 

Selections will be announced from Cannes in mid-April, 2017.

Full list at IndieWire