Robert Pattinson definitely thinks his new film “Bel Ami” provides benefits over his run as Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” series. “There are lots of attractive women in the film,” he says. “I sleep with all of them!”
Rob is back on the promotion trail for the film, based on the 19th century book by Guy de Maupassant. He’ll be making stops at the Berlin Film Festival and likely the Glasgow Film Festival in Scotland.
“Bel Ami” will hold its world premiere in Berlin on Feb. 17, and will also screen at the Glasgow festival, which runs from Feb. 16 to Feb. 26. He stars with Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristen Scott Thomas. Thurman and Ricci are scheduled to be in Berlin as well.
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Rob loved the role because he finally goo to play a villain.. “My Bel Ami guy doesn’t have a conscience,” he told the Edinburgh Herald newspaper in Scotland.
“Most fictional characters are driven by some target, but he is like a reverse character. He’s so content to do nothing and thinks everything should just be given to him,” he says, explaining his character.
“But if someone slights him, or directs any insult at him, the most overwhelming energy grabs him and he turns into this absolute devil who will do anything.”
Rob likens the film to “Giant,” the 1956 George Stevens picture starring James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. Not a few people have compared Pattinson to Dean.
Dean plays Jett Rink, an oil wildcatter who wants to build an empire just to say “f*** you,” Rob says.
“Duroy is exactly like that but without any of the redeeming characteristics. The whole story is about these people trying to beat him down into remorse, and just as he’s about to touch it, something good happens to him again,” he says.
“And then he has another run of luck, right at the end, until eventually he stabs everyone in the back and then wins the lottery. It’s a happy ending for him and no-one else.”
Rob is philosophical about his role as the chivalrous Edward. “Doing something like Twilight opens doors and it closes others. You can say, ‘Oh if I was still unknown, then no-one would judge me,’ but at the same time, nobody would give a s*** either,” he says.
“It’s a weird little balance. And, most of the time, you are just completely guessing what people do, so I suppose doing scripts that you think are good is the way to go. And that’s what I thought about Bel Ami,” he adds.
“With Bel Ami, though, I guess there is something quite fun about going from Edward Cullen to playing a guy who pretty much abuses women to get money out of them. Edward so wouldn’t approve!”