“To set myself free from the Twilight saga, I agreed to a role  in Life,” says the actor who portrays the photographer of the movie star who died 60 years ago

New Italian interview in one of the biggest Italian papers, Corriere della Serra, kind of like their version of The NY Times, with Robert Pattinson about his role in Life, coming to theaters in September, 2015. Excerpt:

Robert Pattinson: “Twilight? I am proud to be a part. I’m no longer forced to look for work as I did, especially before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The popularity that ensued still gives me the peace of mind, even economic freedom, to select only projects I believe in. And Life is the proof.”

Robert Pattinson is going all out. He wants to distance itself from the role of teen idol in a saga that he certainly appreciates, but that still weighs on his status as an actor.

Pattinson plays the photographer Dennis Stock in Life, the year 1955, his turbulent friendship with the star (James Dean), the same one that gave him the opportunity to capture him in exclusive photos, both in New York (remember the famous shot of the actor with the cigarette in the rain on background of Times Square) and in his childhood home in Indiana.

What effect did it have for once not being photographed, but photographing the celebrities?

RP: I understand instinctively, that it may be difficult to deal with a star. When you’re on the red carpet, you don’t actually see photographers, you move, doing some moves, often studied, but in return you have no faces, only flashes. Of course, it was not easy for a photographer of that time, certainly not as it is today. For his part, however, Dean was able to keep his private life hidden enough. It was a different era, but no there was less desire to know the intimate details of his daily life than what happens today.

Idol of the young, beautiful, of course, not “cursed,” but still quite dark charm: when the script arrived did not think you would be right for the role of James Dean?
RP: I understand that you might think, but it would not be the right choice for both the good of character or for me. Comparisons would be made, I would be accused of presumption and, then, perhaps I myself would not be able to give that little extra something that DeHaan managed to do. From my point of view to portray Stock and his way of relating to someone is elusive, but in its way, charming, magnetic, and posed a challenge even more exciting than impersonating James Dean.

At the time of the story Stock was 27, he was already a father and struggled between work and family while pursuing his dream of becoming an accomplished photographer. You are almost the same age, 29, success has already happened but no wife or children, it seems that there couldn’t be a more distant character…

RP: At first glance, yes, but these are not the characteristics that most define a person. Becoming a successful parent involves variables that are not dependent on you, or rather, not on you alone. Half of it is luck and finding a person who, in addition to love, wants the same things that you want and at the time you want. I related to Stock in his determination of wanting to be an artist and also his touch of initial embarrassment that I often feel when I meet someone for the first time.

You are a shy person?
RP: No, but I need some time to trust someone before I open up.

Even romantically? (Pattinson is engaged to the unique English singer FKA Twigs)
RP: With anyone, even in love.

Did you ever fear that the label “from Twilight” may have an adverse effect on your future in acting?

RP: The success of Twilight is something special that I will never regret. Ever since I started this career I’ve tried to improve myself, to challenge myself with different roles from those I’ve already played. If in 10 years I’m still spoken of as just that guy from “Twilight,” the blame will be mine alone.