Robert Pattinson Reveales Why He Was Nearly Fired From Twilight

Posted 2017/07/28 0 0

The Twilight star has revealed the unusual reason he was almost fired from the billion-dollar film franchise.


The Good Time actor, whose next projects include High Life and The Souvenir, made his name as vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s novels, but nearly lost his job while making the first instalment. While on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM [via The Playlist], Pattinson explained why the film’s producers were not very happy with his portrayal of Edward:

“If you’re going into a relationship with someone, the way to make it really intense is if you can barely talk to each other, you can barely touch each other, it’s incredibly serious all the time. That’s what teenage relationships are. But everyone kind of wanted it to be, like, ‘No, they should just be, like, happy and having fun. That’s what people want.’”

“I remember the producers giving me a copy of the book, and every single instance where my character smiled, they’d highlighted. I got a different colour highlighter and highlighted all the times he frowned!” Pattinson added.

Pattinson then revealed that his agents advised him to change the way he was playing Edward. “They were like, ‘You have to do the opposite of what you’re doing now, or you’re going to get fired, today.’ I came back after lunch and I was like [adopts very cheerful voice]: “Hiiiii! I wanna keep my job!'”

Pattinson concluded: “I was probably going a little too miserable, so some kind of compromise was OK.”

Elsewhere in his chat with Stern, Pattinson said he was “kind of” engaged to longtime girlfriend, R&B singer FKA Twigs, and admitted his reticence to talk about the relationship was due to the “Twilight crazies” he still has to contend with among the film franchises’ rabid fanbase.

“It’s one of the most frustrating things in the world, because you want to be able to [be public]. You get stuck in this position where you have to make a decision whether you want to let the crazy people in,” he said.

“For some reason with Twilight, there’s a crack troupe of crazies who think every single decision you’re making is creating some kind of conspiracy. To protect it, you create a big boundary — but that makes it difficult for your actual relationship.”