Drama Di­rected by Safdie Bros is Ma­jor Break as UK Ac­tor Stars in Lead Role

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - BRye: p hMuen­nachem

Bri­tish ac­tor Robert Pat­tin­son first came to promi­nence with his role in the teen vam­pire se­ries Twi­light. Since then, the ac­tor has moved on to heav­ier dra­matic roles, the most re­cent be­ing his per­for­mance in “Good Time,” a crime drama di­rected by Joshua and Ben Safdie. Ac­cord­ing to a NY Post re­port this month, Pat­tin­son was fas­ci­nated by the brothers work af­ter see­ing a still from their 2014 drama “Heaven Knows What.” Pat­tin­son was re­port­edly so taken with the photo that he emailed the Safdies in 2015, urg­ing them to in­clude him in their next project.

“I fell in love with the pho­to­graph,” Pat­tin­son ex­plained in an in­ter­view this month with Jimmy Kim­mel. “We took a meet­ing and I was just over­whelmed with these guys.”

Ac­cord­ing to Josh Safdie, Pat­tin­son told the di­rec­tors that “what­ever you are do­ing next, I want to be a part of — even if it’s cater­ing.”

Ini­tially, the brothers re­buffed Pat­tin­son’s ea­ger re­quest, telling him bluntly that they felt he was un­suited for their next project. When that project, Un­cut Gems, stalled, the di­rec­tors re­lented, build­ing Good Time around Pat­tin­son, who por­trays a char­ac­ter at­tempt­ing to get his brother out of jail af­ter a bank heist gone wrong.

“Rob [Pat­tin­son] had a de­sire to get deep with a project and he looked to us and felt some type of con­nec­tion to us,” Josh Safdie said in an in­ter­view with Busi­ness In­sider this month. “Im­me­di­ately it changed our bud­get, it changed ev­ery­thing.” Cast­ing a well-known name like Pat­tin­son proved to be a boon for the di­rec­tors, whose pre­vi­ous work, in­clud­ing “Heaven Knows What” and 2013’s “Lenny Cooke,” had not gar­nered as much main­stream at­ten­tion. “Good Time,” which pre­miered at Cannes, has earned crit­i­cal ac­claim for the Safdie’s writ­ing and di­rec­tion, and Pat­tin­son’s per­for­mance in the lead role. Ben Safdie also stars in the film as Pat­tin­son’s men­tally hand­i­capped brother.

“Work­ing with Rob sent a mes­sage to the in­dus­try say­ing we are will­ing to play the game,” Josh Safdie told Busi­ness In­sider. “We are will­ing to work with the peo­ple that you guys have anointed as stars, and we'll work with them. And not only will we work with them, we'll do it in a way that will be so sat­is­fy­ing to them, that other ac­tors will want to do it. We're see­ing that, but Rob set the bar high.”

“Good Time,” re­leased on Au­gust 11, is now play­ing in se­lect the­aters through­out the coun­try.

Joshua and Ben Safdie

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