Robert Pattinson Says He Tells Every Director ‘I Have No Idea What I’m Doing’

Robert Pattinson is a quickly becoming a veteran actor, but admits he doesn’t think of himself as a pro when it comes to his profession.

The actor, 32, stars on the fall cover of Interview Magazine and opened up to his “The Lighthouse” co-star Willem Dafoe about his insecurities regarding acting.

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“With every single movie I’ve done, I’ve felt a compulsive need to tell the director on the first day that I have no idea what I’m doing,” he admitted. “And I think in a larger corporate structure, people just don’t take that well. I don’t think I’m ever going to get to a point where I feel like, ‘Oh, I’m a professional actor with a set of tools ready, and I’ll be able to tell the story using whatever colours you need.’ I mean, I’ll literally do a movie specifically because I think I can’t do it. You just hope you don’t drown. And then when you don’t drown, you hopefully figure out how to swim.”

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But when it comes to his audiences, he really focuses on the art, not the “marketing” aspects. “When I’m making a movie, I don’t think about who’ll watch it at all. I mean, I do want to help get people to the movie. That’s really the only time I think about it. There’s a part of me that likes the art of marketing. I feel like a lot of actors don’t even want to think about the commercial prospects of a movie.”

And even though Pattinson has called himself “shy” in the past, he loves the shock factor of interviews, “I definitely do get a certain high from it. There’s a little gremlin inside of me that thinks, ‘Just say something shocking. You’re only here for a few minutes, say something terrible.’ There’s a kind of perverse glee I get from that. But I’ve given my publicist a number of heart attacks.”

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