A Rob Patz movie where he is not a temperamental undead

I am not a big fan of RPatz. I leave the screaming and fangirling to TwiHards. While I was maybe one of the first to own Twilight, the book, I was never a fan of the franchise. Yet, I always believed that there is a great actor hiding behind the bad body paint, gold contacts covered eyes and kiss-worthy lips.

I am not sorely mistaken when I first saw “Little Ashes” where Rob played Salvador Dali with such flair and talent that I was able to erase the scowling face of Edward Cullen out of my head, and concentrate instead on the weird yet exceptionally talented painter whose life was unfolding before my eyes. Rob’s commitment to bring Dali to celluloid life was simply too marvelous and too wonderful. It was a shame that”Little Ashes” did not generate the much-needed earnings in the box office.

So, I am sincerely curious and itching to see this new movie, starring Rob Pattinson as a young veterinary student, opposite Reese Witherspoon and (my new favorite character actor) Christophe Waltz (from Inglorious Basterds). “Water for Elephants” shows the protagonist played by Rob Pattinson as he discovers the greatest adventures of life with a traveling circus.

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, RPatz discussed life after fame and the travails that go with it. He comes off as a excruciatingly shy person who eschews the life under the limelight, and sincerely hankering to be recognized not as a “character in a movie” but a serious actor. He speaks quite eloquently and the interview was at times peppered with cuss words. He is as real as he can be. And it is undoubtedly charming and endearing, you can’t help but root for him.

“This thing with everyone knowing you…it’s weird, because people have this one-sided relationship where they look at your picture and feel they know you more than someone they actually know……I don’t really know myself that well.”

— Robert Pattinson. “Escape from Twilight Zone”
Vanity Fair April 2011

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