By Paul Bradshaw
Did you know that Robert Pattinson lived in the movie Twilight?
Even if you lived under a rock in the late 2009s, you would still know that Pattinson used to be a teenage vampire because every review of his films needed to show it. Like Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe, Mark “Luke Skywalker” Hamil, Elijah “Frodo Baggins” Wood carry the most famous roles wherever he goes – at least until he plays Batman next year.
His latest, The Devil All the Time, as far away from twilight as possible, was certainly part of the appeal. The Devil All the Time, a rural pulp fiction in the town of Knockchemstiff, Backwoods, Ohio. A great thriller crowd with great performances like Tom Holland (Marvel’s Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Marvel’s Rest Barnes), Jason Clark (The Planet of the Danes of the Planet) and Eliza Scanlan (Little Women).
Pattinson, in fact, played only a small role in the film, but he still feels like a leader thanks to an uninterrupted performance that swaps and spreads to everyone else around. A sex-worm Southern preacher who, enraged by everything he can do from his small influence, decorates an entrance in a gaudy pirate shirt and dips two fingers into a gravy pot while one of the widows of the church looks at one of their granddaughters’ eyes. With smooth discussion. Influenced by a high-pitched voice and a spider’s walk, he feels a little bigger than life – his part is just enough to make him feel weird without leaning towards parody. Pattinson is one thing in a long photo filled with famous faces and big events.
He didn’t do it for the first time this year. Like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet blockbusters are straight-laced কোনও there’s no place for grandparents like the cool-growing sci-fi – but Pattinson was still able to act in the film’s background as a side-cop of a raffish gentleman based on an English intellectual. Christopher Hitchens may get the role of Bond in the John David Washington film, but Pattinson, who is mostly witty and interesting, pushed his effects to the limit again in another performance that seems to be deliberately different from everything else he probably did.
Most importantly, it differs from Edward Cullen. Appearing on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before Twilight (and before that as a model in every teen magazine), Pattinson played Cullen for the first time in 2006, after four sequels and a public affair with his co-star, Kristen Stewart. Stuck in a character he didn’t particularly like – when a journalist asked him in 2012 if he had taken anything from the set to remind him of his experience. He replied, “My dignity.”
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Talking to Vanity Fair around the same time, as the first part of the finale of the split, Breaking Dawn, is hitting the movie, Pattinson already seemed worried about the future. “There’s a huge reward,” he said, “but it’s amazing to be in such a special pigeon. Identifying a person with a personality is something that probably pays you the most – but it’s something that virtually every actor in the world doesn’t want.” ‘Because, like I wanted to play super-realist, like a thug or something, no one would believe me.’
The answer then was not for reality, but for abstraction – characters that seemed bigger than Tobylight even though the films they were in were smaller. To spend the last decade choosing an interesting, challenging, unusual role in the film, Pattinson created his own niche as an indie actor.
That same year he finished Breaking Dawn: The second volume he had in ear with David Cronenberg for Cosmopolis – a transformation of Don DeLillo’s destructive novel about a billionaire flowing through Manhattan behind a limousine. This was followed by the incredible Australian Western (The Rover), the stylish Dennis Stock Biopic (Life), an unfamiliar twist behind the beard of Lost City, and Warner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), Safdi Brothers (Good Time) and Claire Dawn. ).
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Last year he was seen overplaying the King in Duke of Guinea (complete with pento pantaloons and a dense French accent) and underplay Ephraim Winslow opposite William Daphne in the Gothic arthouse Horror The Lighthouse. His Devil All-Time blends in with his mannequin Reverend Preston Tigardin, and Pattinson is hard to even figure out who he was – a growing quartet of characters from different, difficult films that he plays with tremendous sensitivity and curiosity. 10 years later, it looks like he has finally begun to bury the heir to Tobelight. So why is he zipping up a batsuit and just entering the big studio franchise again?
Soon there will be a new Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeve’s Dark, based on DC Comics, fan response has already begun – Batman’s first trailer digs out old online comments about Pattinson’s ’emo roots’ (worse by Batman’s new eyeliner). Seemingly like taking on a really interesting character (he does) or finally seeing the opportunity to take one of the franchises with a bigger one, don’t expect Pattinson to make the same mistakes he did at the time. He was changing his pigeon hole for a batcave at the age of 21, but he knows better than anyone how to escape if he wants to.
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