From teen movies to auteur cinema
Actor, comedian, muse, the former London suburbanite has been the object of fantasies since his role as an intoxicating vampire in the Twilight saga and as a valorous wizard in the 4th instalment of the Harry Potter franchise. The road has been long but Pattinson has finally managed to extrapolate himself from the teen movie genre to land neatly in the world of auteur cinema. His beauty became ironic as he watched anarchy destroy New York behind the tinted windows of a limousine in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, a bold adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel. Next came Maps to the Stars by the same director, The Lost City of Z by James Gray, Remember me, Water for Elephants and Life by Anton Corbijn, a dramatic biopic in which he plays the photographer Dennis Stock
Undoubtedly badly directed in the early days, Rob was deprived of the right to a stratospheric career. The frenzy that surrounded the good-looking boy could have been a brake, a curse as terrible as that which affected child stars of the 90s. And yet despite everything, the actor has succeeded in renewing himself and above all completely changing course, getting noticed by indie directors who, intelligently, were able to see something else in him beyond the sex symbol.