Twilight vamp Robert Pattinson plays a bloodsucker of an altogether
different kind – the Wall Street kind – in his new movie Cosmopolis, on
Blu-ray and DVD New Year's Day, and the film's director David Cronenberg
tells ETonline that he was actually quite impressed with what Rob
brought to the table, and that after the baggage of casting -- once you
get to that point when you're on set and cameras are rolling -- "Twilight is irrelevant."
"He surprised me every day with good stuff," says Cronenberg. "I
don't do rehearsals, and I try not to shape the actor's performance at
first. I want to see what his intuition is going to deliver. And then if
there's a problem then I start to shape it, nudge it, manipulate it a
little bit. I did very little of that with Rob."
Based on the novel by Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis follows one day in the
wild life of multi-billionaire asset manager Eric Packer, who travels
aimlessly through the streets of New York City in his limousine while
conducting investment trading from the back seat. As the day progresses,
it devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to
tear his world apart.
Stars, they're not like us. Especially when they front a major fashion brand.
Kristen Stewart is the face of Balenciaga. And yes, the job has major perks.
"I've had four excursions through the store. Isn't that a little bit
mind-blowing? It's so weird walking out with that. I walk around with my
hands in my pockets," says Stewart, miming herself pointing to things. "I like that. I like that too. I've been so (expletive) lucky."
She's a big fan of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, who's parted ways with the brand and was replaced by Alexander Wang.
"I'm so not the type of person who'd be into selling a brand. He is
one of the only guys I'd do that with. I don't carry bags very often," says Stewart, referring to Ghesquière.
She’s nuts for A&E’s Duck Dynasty, a show about the family that specializes in duck calls.
“I am obsessed with it. I was watching it and totally zoned out. I
never laugh at TV even if it’s funny. I never laugh out loud. This show,
I was cracking up. I was dying laughing,” says Fanning.
So she spread the word to her best friend, Kristen Stewart. “I
called Kristen and told her she had to watch this show. I think it’s
the best show ever. They make those duck calls. It’s insane,” says Fanning.
Q: In the movie, you have some racy scenes with Kristen Stewart. What was it like to film those scenes?
SR: It’s a strange thing. I never had to do that much of that sort of
thing before, and they’re not the sort of scenes that I relish. There’s
not a lot you can do or play, necessarily. It’s like a fight-you hit,
you duck. It’s all quite orchestrated.
I was pretty uncomfortable. She was 19, and I was nearly 30 and married.
(laughs) We’re mates, but it was weird. You do it as quickly as
possible, unlike in real life. You want to try to get it right the first
or second time, so you don’t have to do it a lot of times.
My grandparents went to go watch it, and my grandfather’s 90. I said,
what do you think of it, and he said, you were very good, but it was a
bit racy in some points. He said, it’s not really my generation, and I
said, it is your generation, you were there.
Q: Did you know Kristen before you worked together on this film?
SR: No, I don’t come into much contact with stars in my daily life. I’m married to a German one (actress Alexandra Maria Lara).
I knew the Jodie Foster move she was in (‘Panic Room’), but I didn’t
realize it was her. I had seen ‘Into the Wild,’ and my younger sister
loves the ‘Twilight’ movies. Kristen tried to explain to me the plot for
the one that just came out (‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2′),
and it sounded bonkers. (laughs) It’s like, he’s a vampire, and he’s a
werewolf. I get pregnant by the vampire, and the child grows at an
enormous rate, and comes out almost at toddler age. I thought, this is
very unusual for children’s’ entertainment. (laughs) But I didn’t know
anyone before starting.
Q: You and Kristen had great chemistry, so how did you guys develop that?
GH: I think it was from being around each other for the four
weeks before we began filming. We were all in the same room all day,
everyday. We went over material, and were reading a lot of the writings.
That was a time for us to share with each other, like anything one had
Also, Walter shared with us what he discovered on his research. All day,
everyday, it was Sam, Kristen and I in this apartment with Walter,
listening to jazz, reading. It was one big study hall, so that’s where
it came from.
Also, she’s not a hard one to get along with. She’s really great, and
really dedicated to this. Everyone who was in this was great, and
accepted everyone else as a family.