Vancouver Sun Talks with David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson about ‘Cosmopolis’Cast Interview David Cronenberg Director Interview Robert Pattinson
Bob Thompson from the Vancouver Sun.com wrote this excellent article after talking with David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson in Toronto.
But Cronenberg said that Cosmopolis is less an excuse for socio-political diatribes and more about an opportunity to present a fresh story. And yes, the 69-year-old understands that the film hits screens as anti-capitalist protests abound worldwide.
The movie, based on the 2003 Don DeLillo novel, tracks the bizarre day in the life of young Manhattan billionaire investor Eric Packer (Pattinson).
“I wrote the script almost three years ago,” said the director. Still, he’s fine with the fact Cosmopolis might be associated with current events.
“The whole structure of the book was very rich in social meaning, and comment,” noted Cronenberg, who reflected the theme in his screenplay. “And any good piece of art has universal meaning and complexity, and it is provocative on many levels.”
The role is Pattinson’s most demanding, so far. But he knew that reality when he signed up for it.
“I’m in pretty much every scene in the movie,” he said. “It was terrifying for me until I started doing the movie.”
Apparently, Cronenberg helped him through some of the more difficult moments, but the actor soon realized extra effort was required because he would be expected to do the dialogue exactly as written.
“I quite liked mechanically learning lines,” Pattinson said. “I spent every night of the shoot going over them.”
Meanwhile, their partnership will continue in some form. “We are hoping to work together again,” Cronenberg confirmed.
“There are no greenlit movies, but we don’t want to stop with Cosmopolis. We had a really good time, and Rob (Pattinson) has become one of my favourite actors.”
Smiling bashfully, Pattinson can’t help but to nod toward Cronenberg, offering a quiet ‘Thank you.’
“That’s fantastic,” he said. “I didn’t think of myself, particularly, as an actor, until now.”
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