Robert Pattinson Talks About K-Stew, Shakespeare & “Two and a Half Men”

(Vanity Fair)

By Michael Lewittes

(Vanity Fair)

Robert Pattinson‘s new April 2011 Vanity Fair cover story is here! The Twilight star, who posed with an alligator around his shoulders, opens up about Kristen Stewart; what made him cry while filming Water for Elephants; how stardom messed with his head and a lot more.

“Even before I knew her, I thought she was a really good actress,” Pattinson says of Stewart. “Like, I saw Into the Wild, and I thought she was really good in that. I still think there are very few girls in her class that are as good as she is. It’s funny that she’s the one doing this huge thing [Twilight].”

As for how he spends his downtime, Pattinson reveals, in typical self-deprecating fashion, “I’m just so boring… I never change the channel in my trailer.”

“I just watch reruns of ‘House of Payne’ and ‘Two and a Half Men.’ I love ‘Cops’ – I think it’s my favorite TV show,” adds the actor. “God… I sound like such a loser.” About the possibility of acting in a Shakespeare play, he joked, “If I did that now, I’d get assassinated. Everyone would be like, What the f**k?”

On the elephant in his upcoming film Water For Elephants, he said, “She was the best actor I ever worked with in my life. I cried when the elephant was wrapped. I never cried when anyone else was wrapped [completed shooting].”

Meanwhile, Pattinson worries about the effects of massive fame on his psyche. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me… my brain doesn’t work anymore. I haven’t any memory. I can’t write. All I can do is sign my name,” he laments. “I tried to write the other day – it looked like I was writing in Braille.”

Fame has other odd consequences, observes Pattinson. “Like, trying to socialize with people. There’s this cautiousness about people which I just find really weird. Or I’ll be walking down the street, and people’ll be like, ‘F**k you!'” laughs the star. “And I get a lot of people wanting to beat me up. Men in bars and stuff. I just leave.”

Pattinson is happy to have a role in Cosmopolis, which will be a major departure from his Twilight role. “That’s the thing I was worried about, that people wouldn’t take me seriously enough to do movies like that, and I just got one [referring to Cosmopolis].” The star’s other future pursuits include writing a script based on a Lillian Hellman novel.

For more, check out the full interview in Vanity Fair, on newsstands March 3.

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