Robert Pattinson: I Took ‘Twilight’ “More Seriously Than Other Things”

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Robert Pattinson reflects on Twilight in a new interview tied to his Good Time press tour. In the chat, the actor admits to taking the Twilight Saga films “more seriously” than his other work.

Speaking with the HuffingtonPost, Pattinson was prompted to look back on his time as vampire Edward Cullen when the interviewer revealed Lionsgate hasn’t ruled out revisiting the Twilight property. While some are quick to assume he continually hates being associated with the five films or likes to downplay their significance, the movie star makes clear that’s not the case. ”It did inspire me at the time. And, really, it’s kind of awesome,” he said.

“It’s the way people interpret it,” Pattinson went on to explain. “People would excuse you for not taking something seriously if it becomes this mainstream thing and everyone’s fiending. I took it just as seriously — more seriously — than other things I’ve done.” And he seems well-aware that he will forever be linked to Cullen on-screen, no matter what. “It’s also like, you f*cking did it. It’s you! At the end of the day, the behind-the-scenes sh*t doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter,” he said.

His only gripe, it seems, is that Twilight is lumped into the “franchise” category with all other film properties that have multiple installments. He recalled, “I remember when ‘Twilight’ first came out, it was the first time I’d really heard film series be referred to as ‘franchises.’ And then you see everyone talking about the word ‘franchise’ as if it’s this revered term.”

Pattinson continued, “‘Franchise’ should not be about a movie. That’s a fast-food restaurant. Everyone was like ‘the franchise, the franchise’ the whole time. I just thought, ‘Shut up!’ It’s rote. All these actors are saying ‘franchise’ — it’s like, what are you doing? You’ve drunk the Kool-Aid!” And what about returning to that, er, franchise? “You never know,” he reportedly said.

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