Robert Pattinson’s name seemingly gets mentioned nearly every time a hot male role comes up in a new movie. But the actor seems to be missing more than scoring these days raising a question: Is Hollywood turned off to the “Twilight” star.
The popularity of the “Twilight” series has vaulted Rob to international fame, with a global fan base. And, his leading-man good looks would seem to make him a natural for so many roles.
Yet, Rob has no other projects in the works at the moment, although he’s being mentioned–again– to play the main character in an adaption of “American Idiot,” the hit Broadway musical based on the music of Green Day.
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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said a year ago Rob was his top choice for the role.
But he appears to be getting turned down for parts in Hollywood these days more often than he’s getting them.
Rob was reportedly anxious to play the late singer Jeff Buckley, whom he considers one of his heroes. Two biopics are said to be in the works.
Buckley, a musician, was 30 when he died by drowning in 1997.
“I’ve met actors who are keen on the part and Robert was one,” said producer Michelle Sy.
“Rob is obsessed with this project and is doing everything he can to land the part, a source told the UK’s Express newspaper in January.
“I met his mom who’s really great,” Pattinson said in April.
But the parts in the movies ultimately when to Penn Badgley and Reeve Carney, whom director Jake Scott said was perfect for the role.
More perfect than Rob?
Pattinson’s name was also widely reported to be in the running for the lead role in Steven Soderbergh’s Warner Bros. movie “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” along with Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Gosling, Leo Dicaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper.
The role, however, reportedly has gone to Cooper.
A rumor that he was also up for the lead in a movie about King Arthur called “Pendragon” was quickly shot down.
Rob, of course, did land the lead in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” with an all-star cast that includes Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon and Paul Giamatti .
But Rob wasn’t Cronenberg’s first choice for the film.
Colin Farrell was originally tapped to play the part. Rob only got it because Farrell dropped out to make “Total Recall.”
His last non-“Twilight” film “Water for Elephants,” with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz grossed $117 million worldwide in its 16-week run, according to Box Office Mojo.
The total take is highly respectable, given that the film only cost $38 million to make. But the numbers are nowhere near Twilight’s, and ticket sales in North America were only so-so, making up about half the gross.
The film received mostly postive reviews (61 percent on rottentomatoes), but Pattinson and Witherspoon were criticized for lacking chemistry.
For his part, Rob has said that he owes his popularity more to his vampire role than to personal allegiance, and foresees a day when the hype will die.
He’s also had the luxury of having his pick of scripts. He likens himself to British actor Hugh Grant, who made a name for himself in small romantic comedies.
Rob said he received tons of scripts to read after “Twilight” mushroomed, and confessed that he is picky.
“I never like anything, so it’s quite easy to decide what to do — I’ve never felt any pressure to do anything, particularly,” he said in one interview.
Rob reportedly wants to move away from roles that peg him as a “heartthrob” and is looking for meatier parts in which he might even play a villain.
In “Remember Me,” Rob played a tragic hero. And in “Water for Elephants,” he played another sympathetic character.
But “Bel Ami,” gives him his first taste villainy. He plays a ruthless lover intent on social climbing in Paris.
So far, however, that movie has had trouble landing a release date.
There is a possibility that Rob is considered by Hollywood bigwigs to be over-exposed. Soderbergh said he preferred to work with an actor that was less well known.
If so, Rob may be getting a lot less work than his fans would like.