High praise for Pat­tin­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - CARIS BIZZACA

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

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