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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart: Improper Movie Entertainers of Year

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will not win an Oscar for their roles in the “Twilight” series and are far from the most polished actors in Hollywood. But in terms of pure entertainment, they are all consuming.

No two people have dominated pop culture quite like KStew and RPatz. Critics may consider the “Twilight” series mediocre as films go. But they have captured the imagination of legions of fans around the world.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart Couple of Year
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The “Twilight” saga has held the rapt attention of a new generation of filmgoers for more than four years, and will have generated well over $1 billion at the box office, when all is said and done. Over that time, Rob and Kristen have become an industry unto themselves, generating countless magazine stories and an explosion in fan Web sites. Wherever they go and whatever they do, they generate major buzz.

So what makes Pattinson and Stewart so special? Mostly their on-screen chemistry. When they come together in a Twilight film, a nuclear reaction takes place. They generate so much heat and light, the strength of their chemistry alone makes the film’s overriding themes of passion, devotion and eternal love ring true.

Off-screen they have been endlessly entertaining as well. Their mysterious, closely guarded relationship has launched a thousand headlines and driven fans to frenzy. Yet we still don’t really know for sure: Are they a couple?

There are enough clues to suggest they are. But their determination to keep their relationship private in the face of relentless fan and media attention is the biggest sign of all of their respect and devotion to each other.

When it comes to their fans, they both have shown incredible kindness and patience. Seen from their perspective, fans can be intrusive, demanding and ultimately, maddening. Yet, Rob and Kristen always seem to give beyond what’s expected, whether it’s signing autographs on the red carpet or posing for fan photos on the street.

Even more remarkable, they have maintained a sense of perspective about their good fortune and shown a dedication to their craft, rather than to their celebrity.

“I got lucky with this,” Kristen said recently of “Twilight.”

“I got lucky with Snow White [and the Huntsman]. It also happens to be a big movie, but I would have done it if nobody knew about it. I would have done it with my friends, basically.”

And so it was with the first “Twilight” film. It was never meant to be anything more than a mid-grade, indie movie, It was filmed by a then struggling studio on a $37 million budget, paltry by Hollywood standards.

But it proved one Hollywood truism; never sell a love story short. Not since the 1970 film “Love Story,” with Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, has a movie reached so deeply into the psyche of tweens, teens and 20-somethings.

“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer infused her books with eternal themes. The films, in many ways, have ushered fans from adolescence into adulthood, right along with Bella, Edward, Jacob and the rest of the cast.

When the last Twilight film “Breaking Dawn, Part II,” hits theaters next year, it will mark the end of era for so many who have grown up with the films. They’ll hopefully come away moved by some of its life lessons; the meaning of love and devotion, the importance of family and the need to respect others, no matter how different.

And, most importantly, that, yes, it can happen to you.

It’s hard to say what will happen to Rob, Kristen, their lives and careers, once Twilight has run its course. But it’s pretty safe to say whatever path they choose, it will be on their own terms.

The ever self-effacing Rob probably said it best: “If I can get one percent of the ‘Twilight’ fans to follow my for the next 20 years, then I’ll probably have a career.”

Add your own special scene or moment involving Rob and Kristen below in the comments section.



  • Andreas

    Still don’t get it do they?

    Pattinson isn’t “improper.” He’s real. And it’s a breath of fresh air in Hollywood. We don’t want our stars, chest-waxed and Kardashianed within an inch of their plastic, affected lives. People want to see real emotions, real reactions and real people.

    And that, ladies and gentlemen is Rob Pattinson — and to a lesser extent — Stewart.

  • Brett13

    To Page MacKinley. A breathtaking post.

    Agree with every word.

  • Page Mackinley

    A thoughtful piece from this site.

    Present company excepted, it’s interesting watching some critics bend themselves out of shape over the fact they don’t have the final word or get to tell the market what they should enjoy or support. Stephanie Meyers books hooked a following — but Pattinson and Stewart defined a pop cultural phenomenon.

    It really has been extraordinary watching both these actors, but Pattinson in particular, navigate their way through a notoriously difficult industry and the complications that must have attended. One can only imagine the countless times Pattinson may have wished he could clarify, change or do-over certain aspects of their experience. But through it all he has remained authentic. And it is that quality that is the real touchstone of why the public has responded to both him — and Stewart — the way they have.

    There may well also be other factors at play too. Vanity Fair photo-shoots notwithstanding, the Ali McGraw/Ryan O’Neal comparison is well observed. Whether consciously or unconsciously, Pattinson and Stewart do indeed emulate these two iconic figures that, for many, represent a more elegant, disappearing America. One could wax lyrical about why a love archetype seems to persistently demanded by successive generations. Think Anthony and Cleopatra, Samson and Delihah, Edward and Mrs Simpson, John F Kennedy and Jackie, Ali and Ryan, then Farrah and Ryan — but suffice it to say Pattinson and Stewart are its present incarnations.

    No doubt sociologists could tell us why every 5-7 years or so, two people are seized upon in all kinds of arenas, but more often, either politics, film or royalty — to symbolize an ideal. Usually pedestaled for the projected enjoyment of the masses, the ‘chosen couple’ nearly always become objects of a sub-textual violent desire by media (and perhaps the public) to be vicariously consumed.

    Typically this is being played out already by some critics’ dismissal of Pattinson’s abilities. Media, being the sound-bite merchant that it is, loves to rhapsody about “teen rabid fans” or “menopausal moms” as being the (undiscerning) extent of audience-goers interested in Pattinson. Certainly these are present — and their money’s as good as anyone’s — but they are not the whole picture.

    As a mid-30’s screenplay writer from the UK who loves movies and complex characters, I have seen little in recent years in terms of actually interesting, fresh screen presence that has impressed me as much as Pattinson has. Do his looks have something to do with that? Of course. But wasn’t it the same with Newman, Taylor (Elizabeth), Redford and Bogarde (Dirk) — amongst others?

    Reverse prejudices based on Pattinson’s physical appeal can be considered both limited and churlishly motivated, especially considering Pattinson did not enter the fray thinking a great deal of himself — and further, whose previous roles did not play up that component. Looks may get you a knock on the door, but only talent and depth holds interest. Megan Fox, case in point.

    That the TS audiences have been largely female is somewhat smugly held against them as evidence of their non-credibility. Would the same argument be levied if bus-loads of males had camped outside duplexes? Apologies if anyone thinks this plays the gender card, but the observation stands as valid.

    The truth is modern movie-making isn’t just big business, it’s epic monster-making business. Funded by financiers who make the Koch brothers look like Greenpeace activists, Pattinson and Stewart’s agents clearly made canny business decisions to position their ‘talents’ in a franchise which — if it worked — would advance their charges considerably in the player stakes. That no-one could have anticipated the ensuing success would become as exponential as it has, is now the topic of countless talking-heads and avid note-taking by the industry. It’s probably a tad sweeping to say it comes down to one or even two factors, but really it’s self-evident.

    As we close out 2011, Patterson and Stewart — deservedly — emerge as the names to watch and invest in. Undeniably, the presence and depth both brought to their roles elevated an over-mined genre, and breathed life into an inexplicably resonant story. Unassailable fact: A relatively inexperienced young man with no discernible media training, or seemingly any desire to be the next typical ‘star-from-a pod,’ stormed America with a charm inoffensive not seen in a very long time.

    It was Pattinson’s astonishing comic persona, and candour on the horrifically gruelling press junkets he undertook — not to mention his iconic turn in Twilight et al – that enabled him to capitalize on the expert way his team have handled his rise. Likewise Stewart’s steely, immediate performance, behind-the-scenes guidance of Pattinson and her uncompromising attitude towards the press, note her as an actor wise beyond her years.

    One hopes Pattinson never loses the qualities that first made people sit up and take notice. Paradoxically, it is the very doubts, fears and ‘humanity’ that all creatives feel, that is the fuel and portal through which an actor can connect with a role, audience — and themselves. If Pattinson, as Brosnan advises, “keeps his wits about him,” he will follow his own compass, choosing and writing roles with dimension and nuance. One often hears hear about how limited parts are for women in the industry, but the same could equally be said for their male counterparts and the fare they are offered.

    The very different male actor ‘template’ Pattinson embodies has the potential to pack more than glib one-liners and popcorn fodder — simply by bringing the totality of who he is to the moment. What millions young and old recognize in this young man is the bright uniqueness he already possesses, not some ‘construct’ that needs to be borrowed or copied from others. This is what makes an actor great — and a person greater.

    As we near release of Cosmopolis and SWATH one hopes critics will be able to put down the tall poppy scythes long enough to realize the TS does not define Pattinson or Stewart — and further — see what the insightful can: The faces at the top of the tree have reshuffled and the determined consumer power of an unfairly denigrated demographic has spoken.

    Emphatically.

  • bess

    As a true twihard fan, [and there is many of us out here BD has made over 650k so far worldwide at the box office], I don’t care if Rob, Taylor or Kristen ever win an Oscar. I enjoy the TS movies and will enjoy for many years to come. There is many stars who never win any awards, so what. Its what happens at the box office,what the fans enjoy seeing and I love Rob and Kristen chemistry.



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