Says Robert Pattinson on last Twilight movie
Looking ahead ... Robert Pattinson is excited to face fresh challenges in his career
ROBERT PATTINSON’s real-life romance with his Twilight co-star turned very chilly recently – yet on screen things between them are scorching.The British actor ditched long-term girlfriend Kristen Stewart after she was snapped kissing another man.
The pair are said to be back together after Robert, who temporarily moved out of their shared LA home, forgave Kristen.
Even so relations seem to be cooler after the events of the past few months, unlike the passion the couple generate as Twilight lovers Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.
In Breaking Dawn Part 2 — the last film of a series which has taken more than £1.5billion at the box office — they steam up the screen with “the greatest vampire sex ever”.
Robert promises the newlyweds’ loving is pretty full-on... for a film deemed suitable for 12-year-olds.
The 26-year-old heartthrob says: “The sex is a lot wilder and more intense but I think it works better.
“We wanted to do something different, we had to figure ways to make it sexy even though it’s supposed to be 12A. The idea was for us to have the greatest vampire sex ever.”
That proved slightly awkward at times — especially as acting out the bedroom thrills got him, Kristen and the rest of the crew giggling.
Robert admits: “It’s awkward doing close-ups in front of a big crew with the camera operator in your face and you’re supposed to show ultimate ecstasy. Kristen and I would start to laugh and the cameraman was laughing, too.”
There hasn’t been too much laughter for the pair off screen recently.
Kristen, 22, often looked glum after the revelations about her fling with Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
Meanwhile, Robert has deftly changed the subject when quizzed about their relationship. But he knows such questions are all part and parcel of life in the spotlight.
He says: “If you’re a performer, and that’s essentially what an actor is, you are performing for an audience. So you can’t whine and moan about the fact that you’ve accomplished what you set out to do, which is to attract a following for your work.”
Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens here on Friday and after attending various premieres the sun will finally set on Robert’s Twilight career.
Recalling the last day of shooting, he says: “It was hilarious considering we spent the entire series filming in the most miserable conditions in Canada.
“Then we ended up on a beach in the Caribbean filming for two days.
“It was fun. It was also a smaller crew and it was just me and Kristen.
“We literally did the last shot as the sun was coming up in St Thomas in the Virgin Islands and everyone stayed on the set to take in the sunrise.
“It was a wonderful way to end things.”
After making five Twilight films in as many years R-Patz is glad to be moving on.
He says: “I’m looking forward to working with new directors and playing many different kinds of characters. Playing Edward was frustrating for me because it was difficult to give him as much vulnerability as I would have liked because he can’t die and he can’t suffer the way humans do.”
What advice does he wish he had been given five years ago?
Referring to all those bare-chested scenes, he replies: “Start drinking vodka instead of beer and try to get a six-pack as early as possible.”
The films sparked a fanatical following, with devotees having their own nickname, Twihards.
Robert says: “It’s crazy how intense people are. I don’t know how long it will last. It would be insane if there’s the same tenacity in 15 years.”
When the first Twilight film was released in 2008, Londoner Robert, who now lives in California, attracted far more attention in the United States.
Now he says the interest is just as intense in Britain — but the comments can be crueller.
He says: “I used to be able to be in England and be fine. No one had any idea who I was. It came later in England.
“Now, it’s relatively similar. But I get a lot more abuse in England. That’s just a general English attitude. I did the same thing to famous people. It’s just your instinct.”
Between making the Twilight blockbusters, Robert has also starred in other, smaller movies, including Cosmopolis, Remember Me and Water For Elephants.
He says: “I’m not that interested in making big movies.
“I would rather work on smaller, independent films where you have more freedom to create unique kinds of characters and you don’t have to please a mass audience.
“When you’re part of a big movie franchise, there’s a ton of pressure on you that’s really nothing to do with the job at all.”
So is he happy the Twilight experience has come to an end?
He says: “In some ways. After the first one, as soon as people started referring to it as a franchise — a franchise is a Burger King or a Subway — it’s not a movie. It’s generally the people who are making money off of it that refer to it as a franchise. As an actor, it’s scary.”
Robert himself has done rather well out of the Twilight franchise. He was reportedly paid £8million for each of the final two films, plus he will get a 7.5 per cent share of the profits from their box office takings.
Not that he intends blowing his earnings on fast living.
Robert says: “Fortunately, I don’t really have any vices and I don’t have any extravagant fantasies about buying a yacht or something like that. And I’m such a bad driver I can’t even contemplate buying a great sports car.”
Despite all the hype, hysteria and attention that has followed them around for five years, Robert insists that he, Kristen and their other main co-star Taylor Lautner have managed to remain level-headed.
He says: “It’s strange to have gone through the same experience with Taylor and Kristen as well.
“It’s massive and it’s good to see people retain their sanity as much as possible. I’ve seen a lot of other people have minor amounts of fame and just lose their minds completely, like after a casting announcement, let alone having done a movie.
“It’s amazing to see that people manage to maintain their sanity.”