Robert Pattinson became an international sensation, thanks to “Twilight’s” box office success, but surprisingly, he almost gave up acting altogether just a few years before he landed the part of vampire Edward Cullen.
Luckily for his fans, he decided not to hang it up. Since “Twilight” ended in 2012, he’s gone on to appear in 12 films covering a range of genres. Now 32, he has three new films in the works.
“High Life,” which is now in post-production, will be his first venture into science fiction. In the adventure drama written directed by Claire Denis, he plays Monte, one of several criminals sent on a long-distance space mission purportedly in search of alternative energy sources.
But there is a hidden reason for the trip. He’s accompanied by his estranged daughter and they become closer as the voyage nears its end.
in “The Lighthouse,” Pattinson stars opposite Willem Dafoe in a dark fantasy horror film about an old lighthouse in Maine. The picture is written and directed by Robert Eggers.
His third film is “The King,” an epic American-Australian historical drama about England’s King Henry V, directed by David Michôd. Filming began in June.
Henry ruled England after his father’s death in 1413 through 1422. He’s most famous for conquering most of France in the 100 Years War and assuming the French throne after his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt (1415).
Rob appeared in a couple of small English films and got his first big break playing Cedric Diggory in the 2005 blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
Before “Twilight,” Rob became so disillusioned with acting he was considering giving it up altogether. Fortunately for his legions of fans, an indie flick he filmed shortly before before he was offered Twilight part helped reawaken his passion for acting.
“I did [Little Ashes] before Twilight,” Rob recounts. “I was going to give up acting before that…I was just so disinterested in acting at the time. I just thought, ‘Oh a three-month vacation in Spain. Okay.'”
In Little Ashes, Rob plays the neurotic Spanish artist Salvador Dali. Researching and preparing for the role was therapeutic for the young Brit.
“It was so intense the whole time and everybody was speaking Spanish and I don’t speak a word of Spanish,” he says. “I was the only English person there for the majority of the time. It gave me a reason to really focus on the script and the research to a ridiculous degree.”
Pattinson invested so much time preparing for the role that he wound up developing a heightened sense of satisfaction from the process. “It was the one time I felt slightly satisfied,” he recalls. “I wanted to bring that intensity to every job.”
He’s followed the same philosophy toward acting, since “Twilight.” He’s picked mostly small, off-beat Indie films helmed by noted directors. Not all have been hits.
So, here are our picks for Rob’s Top 10 film roles since “Twilight.”
See a scene from “Little Ashes” below.