“When you read the book,” says Pattinson, … “it’s like, ‘Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.’ I mean, every line is liked that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108 year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.”1

Well, he just gave an excellent run down of what a bad character Edward is. And this guy would know better than anyone, since he was to act the role.

“I’ve spent a long time thinking, “How can I take the whole [Edward is] beautiful thing as an interpretation?” And I realized that it’s just Bella saying he’s so beautiful and she’s just in love with him and obsessed with him so he could be like a piece of cheese and she would think the same thing.”2

It’s funny because Bella’s character is legitimately like this.

I read the book and was like “Well this is really dumb, I’ll never ever… This is so pointless going up for the role.”2

Actually, this is quote mined, and doesn’t sound at all like that in context. Still funny though. :P

1 Empire Magazine October 2008

2 Comcast Summer Movie Guide

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  1. Lady Stardust on 14 September 2008, 23:01 said:

    He’s fantastic.

  2. Lauralot on 20 September 2008, 21:55 said:

    Robert Pattinson kicks ass. I disagree that being a virgin for 108 years automatically means there’s something wrong with you (if asexuals lived a hundred years…) but other than that, nail on the head.

  3. Ophelia on 22 September 2008, 21:08 said:

    Always in for some RPattz love. This guy is fantastic.

  4. Lazarus on 9 October 2008, 23:26 said:

    He might be a bad actor, but Gawd damnit, he’s hilarious.

  5. Snow White Queen on 19 October 2008, 18:22 said:


    hehe if he portrays edward as a manic-depressive THEN i might see the movie.

  6. The Word Shaker on 24 October 2008, 13:10 said:

    Holy God, Robert Pattinson summed up in that first quote my entire assessment of Edward Cullen’s character. I might just watch the movie now.

  7. Ivy on 14 December 2008, 22:11 said:

    I think I’ve fallen in love with Pattinson. He’s a smart good-looking boy who agrees with me. Forget Edward, I want Robert!

  8. Steph on 15 May 2009, 11:34 said:

    Robert Pattinson has to be giving the Twilight franchise’s PR staff a real headache right how…

  9. T on 29 May 2009, 21:46 said:

    sighs He explains the ENTIRE SERIES so freaking well… i mean, i love twilight, but this is bella the whole time “Edward is so beautiful, i never did anything good enough to deserve him…” i mean, COME ON, he is yours to keep, so stop asking yourself why he is yours, and actually LOVE HIM. Rob is hilarious……

  10. TwilightAliceCullen on 22 January 2010, 16:30 said:

    Extreamly weird

  11. randy on 18 July 2010, 04:46 said:

    the person who wrote the second quote is a retard

  12. SamJaz on 17 September 2010, 15:28 said:

    I like Robert Pattison. I hate twilight, so I hope he still has a career after it, because he damned well deserves one. The guy’s a brilliant actor. He just ends up getting cast alongside crap actors.

  13. Exir on 17 November 2010, 10:52 said:

    I think he got good reviews playing a young Salvador Dali?

  14. Bek on 18 November 2011, 07:29 said:

    I liked him as Cedric before I knew him as Edward. The fact that he was once in Harry Potter speak for his acting skills.

    The fact he was once in Twilight speaks for his or his agents choosing skills.

  15. BettyCross on 18 November 2011, 10:17 said:

    Outside of HP, the only Pattinson movie I’ve seen is Water for Elephants. I thought he was an American actor. I didn’t remember him from HP, so it came as a surprise when I found out recently he’s English.

  16. Michelle on 22 December 2011, 10:37 said:

    The only reason I watched Twilight in the first place was because of Pattinson. No, I don’t mean that i watched it because he was hot, it was because my sisters and i exclaimed it’s Cedric Diggory!! let’s watch it!

  17. Llama on 22 January 2012, 10:31 said:

    Well, he’s awesome alright. And maybe, he’s bad acting is the result of his dislike for the role… and the story.
    Personally, i also think Twilight franchise is the worst thing that came out. I mean, who would say openly those cheesy dialogues [Bella & Edward] they say to each other in real life. For me, I think the twilight story is like a story that was made by a ‘high’ person. xD

    But, Pattinson’s words are cool.

    Though, Not sure if he really hates it… or just trying to get more fans/viewers. Since, I think it’s a bit effective if that’s the case.

  18. BettyCross on 22 January 2012, 12:58 said:

    My fave comment about Pattinson is this:

    I know Robert Pattinson can act. I’ve seen him do it. He just never does it when Kristen Stewart is around.

    This isn’t original with me. I forget who said it first.

    I also saw RP in “Water for Elephants.” His American accent was so good I didn’t connect him with any HP character at all. I didn’t find out he was English till later.

  19. BettyCross on 24 January 2012, 16:25 said:

    One of the things we often forget is that in film making, a director can order a scene to be shot several different ways, with the actors playing a character in a different way each time. Each of these versions is called a “take.” The director then picks which one to use when making his cut.

    This sometimes causes great consternation to the actors, who seldom know which one the director picked until they see the finished movie. “OMG, I can’t believe he picked that take. That was my worst scene in the whole movie.”

    To make a long story short, Pattinson may have been under orders to “underplay” the role. Actors are at the mercy of their directors.

    Or as a drama teacher once expressed it to me, “Live theater is an actor’ art. Film making is a director’s art.”