I like things where the moral compass of a character is quite vague robert pattinson told me when we sat down at the savannah movie film festival earlier this month for a public conversation about his life and career. The british actor had come to the fest to collect its maverick award in recognition ofhis breakthrough performance in benny dafdie and josh safdie drama good time which screened before our conversation and pattionson was describing what drew him to the part of connie nikas a desperate new york hustler who gets himself and his mentally challanged brother into a heap of trouble and then struggles to get them out of it. For his performance in the movie which he acknowledged was in a lot of ways against type and he added with a chuckle certainly the opposite of being an english person pattinson has received the best reviews of his career reportedly came close to winning the best actor prize at may cannes movie festival and now is in the running for a best actor oscar nomination.
Good time marks the latest development in a remarkable reinvention by the 31 year old who first came to promience in five twilight movie none of which suggested he was a particularly serious or capable actor. In hindsiht though it worth nothing that the first twilight the one he signed up to do before he became an international sex symbol locked into a multi movie franchise was directed by indie standout catherine hardwicke made on an indie size budget and possessed and indie feel. Additionally between each twilight installment he continued to make other movie most of them indies and since the release of the last twilight movie in 2012 he has worked exclusively on idies landing jobs with many of the best auteurs out there including david cronenberg twice werner herzog, james gray, anton cobijin, david michod and now the brothers safdie directors who have a very singular approach who have a very strict identity he says.
Pattinson admitted that he signed on tod o the safdies movie without having seen any on their prior movie or even a scrpt. The safdies had made only micro budget movie with non actors prior to good time but they were gung ho to make their first movie when pattinson reached out to them about collaborating after seeing a still from their 2014 movie heaven knows what about which he said there was just something about it that I really loved. In the end benny safdie decided to play connie mentally challenged brother and he and pattinson prepared for the movie by corresponding in character via email. By the time they got on set to shoot the movie pattinson was able to improv more freely than ever before including in scenes that were shot out in public where he went unrecognized under shabby clothes and heaps of flopweat. The experience of making good time he says was a career highlight not that he is opposed to ever being a part of another movie franchise its all about the director he says cracking if claire denis is doing spider man I am 100 percent down.
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