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.
“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.”
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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