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Vanity Fair: Robert Pattinson Talks Twilight, Elephants, Being RPattz, Charlie Sheen

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 18, 2011 at 5:00AM

Vanity Fair's Nancy Jo Sales talks with Robert Pattinson about Twilight, Water for Elephants and -- of course -- Robert Pattinson. Here's a taste:
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Vanity Fair's Nancy Jo Sales talks with Robert Pattinson about Twilight, Water for Elephants and -- of course -- Robert Pattinson. Here's a taste:

On Kristen Stewart: “Oh, I don’t know. She’s cool. Even before I knew her I thought she was a really good actress. Like, I saw Into the Wild, and I thought she was really good in that. I still think there are very few girls in her class that are as good as she is. It’s funny that she’s the one doing this huge—thing.”

On doing something like Shakespeare: “If I did that now I’d get assassinated, [laughs]…Everyone would just be like, 'What the fuck?'”

On his admiration for the likes of Charlie Sheen: “I like crazy people who don’t give a fuck."

Water for Elephants director Francis Lawrence on Pattinson: “The Twilight films are so stylized,… you wonder what the actor can do. But then after meeting Rob I really calmed down. He has that thing; he’s magnetic. He’s a real movie star. He reminds me of James Dean. And he seemed a lot like [his Water for Elephants character] Jacob, someone who was just becoming a man, strong but uncomfortable in his own skin. People are going to be surprised. His performance was very nuanced and naturalistic.”

This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Celebs, Media, Twilight, Drama, Romance, Rob Pattinson


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.