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Robert Pattinson: Fame Has Made Me Totally Neurotic; Believe It?

Robert Pattinson has struggled with fame, which he never expected.

Robert Pattinson has struggled with fame, which he never expected.

Robert Pattinson says his “Twilight” fame is based on blind luck and he’s totally neurotic as a result. From panic attacks and body dysmorphia to “overall tremendous anxiety,” fame has made him a basket case. So what would he rather be doing?

“I’d prefer to get drunk,” he says.

Rob opens up about the burdens of fame in a new interview in Australia’s Sunday Style magazine. He’s globetrotting right now to promote his Dior Homme fragrance.

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His comments are among the most revealing and the most introspective yet into how stratospheric global fame has affected his personality since playing vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” Saga films

“I just didn’t expect any of this, and I didn’t ask for it,” he candidly reveals. “It was literally all luck. I just stumbled from job to job.”

Indeed, in his previous big-screen role, he played Cedric Diggary, a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

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It was a one-shot deal. His character was murdered by Peter Pettigrew with the Killing Curse, on the orders of Lord Voldemort in the same film.

While Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson rode the movie series to fame, Rob was relegated to a couple of indie movies until “Twilight” came along.

“It’s difficult to remain sane. It’s really difficult,” he says about all the “Twilight” adulation he received.

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“In the beginning I didn’t even notice my life had changed so massively, because I was always working. I suppose eventually I got used to it,” he says.

But the adjustment was painful, especially walking the red carpet.

“I get a ton of anxiety, right up until the second I get out of the car to the event, when suddenly it completely dissipates,” he says.

“But up until that moment I’m a nut case.”

He says he suffers from body dysmorphia, an affliction in which someone is overly concerned about their body, especially perceived imperfections.

“I suppose it’s because of these tremendous insecurities that I never found a way to become egotistical.” says Rob, who is known for his self-deprecating humor.

In a way, the end of “Twilight” has set him free.

“I’m 27 now and I can feel people looking at me differently,” he says. “It’s a weird year. With ‘Twilight’ ending and other films I’ve done, like ‘Cosmopolis,’ I suddenly feel like I’m being treated like an actual actor.”

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