High praise for Pattinson
AMID the flashing cameras, fans and buzz of The Rover’s Australian premiere, its star Robert Pattinson was really just missing the Outback.
Pattinson, co- star Guy Pearce and director David Michod walked the red carpet in Sydney recently for Michod’s much- anticipated follow- up to Animal Kingdom, which is screening as part of Sydney Film Festival.
Hundreds of fans lined the street for Twilight star Pattinson, some of whom had been there since early that morning.
The anticipation seemed too much for one, who climbed over the barrier for a closer look before realising it probably wasn’t a great idea to stand in the middle of three lanes of CBD street traffic.
When the stars turned up, one lane outside the State Theatre was blocked off to allow Pattinson and Pearce to meet and take photos with the crowd.
Cars crawled past as people, realising what the fuss was about, pressed against windows with their phones, trying to get a snap.
Pearce said the turn- out wasn’t shocking because Pattinson “deserves it totally”.
“It’s pretty full- on though,” he said. “I’m glad it doesn’t happen to me all the time.”
Pearce would have experienced a taste of such hysteria over the years, particularly on Neighbours, but admitted “it was never quite this mad”.
Michod knew this kind of fanbase existed when Pattinson signed to star in The Rover, but he didn’t really know what it would feel like to be around it.
“With Rob, it’s Beatlemania,” he said, adding one of the most rewarding parts of the experience was “realising the guy who’s at the centre of this bizarre bubble is actually a really wonderful gentle, humble, interesting, funny human being”.
The Rover was filmed over seven weeks in remote South Australia.
And for Pattinson, being in the Outback allowed him to feel more free.
“I really miss the Outback, I loved it out there,” he said, adding he would also miss Australians in general.
In The Rover, Pattinson plays Rey, a young, simple Southern American who finds himself alone and forced to help Eric ( Pearce) – a cold, angry loner – find the gang who stole his car.
Pattinson’s performance, filled with tics and vulnerability, has been called “career re- defining” and for Pearce, seeing his younger co- star play Rey was “utterly heartbreaking”.
“In fact, I don’t think I worked on the first day. On the second day I went out and was watching Rob do some stuff and I was really quite taken by what he was doing,” he said.
“I’m embarrassing him by saying this right now, but I just found it a really extraordinary, really beautiful performance.”
THE ROVER Now showing at The State Cinema