Life af­ter Death

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - VICKI ROACH

ROBERT Pat­tin­son doesn’t have much faith in ei­ther gar­lic or cru­ci­fixes. The 26- year- old English­man is bank­ing on a soul- tem­per­ing pil­grim­age to some of the world’s most arid desert re­gions – first the Aus­tralian Out­back and then the Mid­dle East – to free him from Ed­ward Cullen’s im­mor­tal curse.

Af­ter five films shot in Twi­light’s nether­world, the softly spo­ken English­man is keen to im­merse him­self in ma­te­rial that is a lit­tle, well, earth­ier.

Fu­tur­is­tic thriller The Rover and Mis­sion: Black­list, based on the true story of US Army in­ter­roga­tor Eric Mad­dox, would both ap­pear to fit the bill.

In Sydney for a spe­cial, fan- ori­ented event to ‘‘ pro­mote’’ Break­ing Dawn Part 2, Pat­tin­son iden­ti­fies the lim­i­ta­tions of play­ing the same char­ac­ter over and over again as the thing he will miss least about the phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful vam­pire fran­chise that cat­a­pulted him to star­dom.

‘‘ Be­cause [ Ed­ward] is kind of in sta­sis, it’s dif­fi­cult to play af­ter a while,’’ Pat­tin­son says, pick­ing his words care­fully.

‘‘ You do five movies where your whole mo­ti­va­tion is this re­la­tion­ship and it’s never, ever go­ing to change.

‘‘ You don’t die. You don’t get hurt. You don’t age. So you are kind of stuck.’’

Af­ter in­hab­it­ing the un­dead heart- throb’s pearly white skin for more than four years, one might have thought Pat­tin­son ( pic­tured with Twi­light co- star Kris­ten Ste­wart as Bella) would hardly have bro­ken a sweat go­ing into the fi­nal in­stal­ment in Stephe­nie Meyer’s grand gothic ro­mance. But he says the re­verse is true.

‘‘ It’s nerve- rack­ing when you go into, like, the fifth movie, you’re think­ing: ‘ I don’t know what else to do’. You have nowhere to go!’’

Thank­fully, the in­tro­duc­tion of Bella and Ed­ward’s child, Re­nes­mee, gave him some­thing to work with.

The ac­tor says he en­joyed work­ing with soon- to- turn 12- year- old Macken­zie Foy, who plays his fast- ma­tur­ing vam­pire child as she grows up. But it was the an­ar­chy of the in­fant per­form­ers that re­ally added some fresh blood to the fran­chise. ‘‘ Be­cause all the vam­pires are very stylised in their per­for­mance, as

soon as you get a baby in­volved, it shakes ev­ery­body up.’’

De­spite his ten­der years, Pat­tin­son has al­ready had a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence with dra­matic fa­ther­hood, most re­cently in Wa­ter For Ele­phants.

But, he says, the real thing is not even on his hori­zon. In fact, the idea hadn’t even oc­curred to him un­til re­cently, when sev­eral of his friends started hav­ing chil­dren.

When asked what he will miss most when he leaves the Twi­light world be­hind, he says: ‘‘ I’m not sure yet. It’s like be­ing part of a boy band and go­ing solo after­wards.’’

Pat­tin­son has al­ready set about re- po­si­tion­ing him­self as a ver­sa­tile lead­ing man in films such as Wa­ter For Ele­phants and Bel Ami, with Uma Thur­man and Christina Ricci.

But it was the pos­i­tive re­views for David Cro­nen­berg’s weird ur­ban odyssey Cos­mopo­lis that fi­nally lent him some se­ri­ous, art house cred­i­bil­ity.

Post Break­ing Dawn Part 2, Pat­tin­son has a slate of films lined up to prove he is no one- char­ac­ter won­der. He is jug­gling seven fea­tures in var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘ I don’t un­der­stand how it’s go­ing to hap­pen. I am kind of shuf­fling them around as we speak,’’ he says.

Pat­tin­son in­sists he has no grand plan for his fu­ture. ‘‘ I got lucky this year with a bunch of stuff that is all over the place.’’

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