Thursday, March 12, 2009

Robert Pattinson Five Times


I skipped out on Twilight so I haven't seen his performance therein (although I have heard it referred to as "vacuum-like"), but I will grant Mr. Pattinson the fact that he made for an acceptable Cedric Diggory back in the day, and also, he's got a really beautiful jaw-line that totally transfixes me. So there's that in his favor! Plus his magical unicorn hair, of course. I'm all positivity!

Except not. Read this bit from his interview at GQ (where these pics are also from) about his role as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes:

"See, Little Ashes contains a fair amount of homoerotic activity, some of which is portrayed artfully and obliquely (Dalí and Lorca dive together in a moonlit sea) and some of which is, y’know, not (Lorca makes athletic, spiteful love to a woman while Dalí masturbates gloomily in a corner). It’s the kind of project you could imagine a guy in Pattinson’s place taking on post-Twilight as a way of telling the world he’s versatile and/or fearless. Except it wasn’t.

“I thought I’d never get another acting job again,” Pattinson says. “So I was like, ‘Yeah—why not try to do something weird?’ There’s all these gay sex scenes. And y’know, I haven’t even done a sex scene with a girl, in my whole career.”

(While he says this, he’s pinching the skin on the back of his left hand and sort of twisting it clockwise with his right.)

“And here I am, with Javier [Beltrán], who plays Lorca, doing an extremely hard-core sex scene, where I have a nervous breakdown afterward. And because we’re both straight, what we were doing seemed kind of ridiculous.”

(Now he’s sort of laughing.)

“Trying to do it doggie-style. Trying to have a nervous breakdown while doing it doggie-style. And it wasn’t even a closed set. There were all these Spanish electricians giggling to themselves.”"

I get what he's getting at (I almost passed out changing in a communal dressing room the other day, so I know from a fear of public exposure), but my reaction to this is mixed through with a total fucking exhaustion on the topic of listening to actors whine about doing gay scenes. He took the job (because it was "weird" apparently), he knew what he was gonna be in for going in, ya know? Bah, whatever. I've also got the fact that trusted source mB at The Blog Next Door says he's terrible in the movie and ruins it coloring my brain here, too.


Anonymous said...

Aw, cut us breeders a break. I like to think I'm a pretty open-minded guy, and I'm obviously able to appreciate male beauty, but translating that into a physical act of love, in the parlance of our times...I just picture myself banging on my brain like it's a busted toaster oven. I can't get it to work! I've never understood why models or actors or whoever has to fake being gay for a little while for a part or a shoot or whatever sometimes FREAK OUT, but I can certainly understand why they find it weird. It IS weird, if you're not wired that way, like trying to use your left hand if you're a rightie, I imagine. Not weird in a moral-values way, but weird in a "what the heck???" kinda way.

Unrelated: The Missus is obsessed with RPattz. OB SESSED. I've actually heard her say "I love his hot, flat face."

Anonymous said...

Clarification: When I say I can't get "translating that into a physical act of love," I just mean that I, personally, don't get physically attracted to men, like, wanting to make out with them and stuff. Obviously I can get how OTHER people could want to do that, girls or gay guys or whoever. I could do it for a role or what have you, but it'd definitely feel different and odd, and if an interviewer asked me about it I'd probably say so.

Jason Adams said...


I know I was a little harsh on the guy, he was less obnoxious about it than I've heard so many before him, and I'll grant him it's gotta be a little disconcerting faux-buttfucking in front of giggling electricians. And that's all he really said, was that it was basically a curious experience.

It's just we hear so much of this; I much prefer the way James Franco and Sean Penn (even though I wasn't crazy about the movie) handled it with Milk, by basically saying they loved doing it. Even if you're full of shit, ya know? Just shut up or lie or something, anything other than more of the same story where "gay" and "weird" are the buzzwords to your story.

Jason Adams said...

And no need to clarify, Sean, YOU RAGING HOMOPHOBE!!! ;-)

J.D. said...


Sigh, Cedric Diggory. I wish those days were still around.

Joe Reid said...

I was never 100% onboard with Franco and Penn and their brand of I LOVE MAKING OUT WITH GUYS HA HA HA HA! I mean, it was fun and it was funny, but I didn't find it admirable or anything.

Dame James said...

I never in a million years thought I'd be saying this, but let's cut Robert Pattinson a little slack (What's that chill? Oh right, I think hell just froze over). This is hardly the most obnoxious interview I've heard from an actor who has just made out with a guy on camera. I remember this one interview Heath Ledger (RIP) did for Rolling Stone right after Brokeback and it made him sound like a complete ass. It's a tricky path to navigate and I think Pattinson did an adequate job. Plus, Little Ashes is an European film so you know the sex scenes were more The Reader and less Milk and that's difficult for any actor.

GhoulieJulie said...

He's young, and after all, it was his first sex scene. We've all heard how awkward they are to shoot no matter what gender combination is involved, so I think he was definitely extra challenged and was just relaying his experience truthfully.

And no, this would have nothing to do with me being a straight girl that was sucked into the whole Twilight movie/book obsession, and omg! RP is so cute. No, not at all.