Robert Pattinson spent four years as vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” saga, and in keeping with the book, redefined the way vampires are viewed and played in films. But before “Twilight” he didn’t have a clue about vampires. So where did he find inspiration?
During one of his many stops to promote “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” Rob was asked by a Brazilian news outlet how he came up with Edward Cullen’s vampire mannerisms.
In the not widely circulated interview in Fantastico Brazil, he revealed the past vampire he used for inspiration.
“I mean, I remember when I was doing the first one, the one movie I was really looking at was “Nosferatu,'” Rob said. Because the book was written to make Edward seem so attractive, basically, I wanted to find, what’s the worst way you could possibly play an vampire,” he laughed.
Rob was referring to a 1979 West German vampire horror film written and directed by Werner Herzog, often considered one of the greatest New German Cinema directors along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
The picture starred Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, the stunning Isabelle Adjani and Bruno Ganz.
The film, a remake of the 1922 classic “Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror,” was praised by critics and was commercially successful as well. But Kinski played a vampire that was the antithesis of Edward–grotesque, ghoulish and bloodsucking.
“I think he did something so alien about his performance, I really liked it,” Rob said.
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