Robert Pattinson Tells the Story of His First Kiss

Actor Robert Pattinson opens up in a candid interview about how he got the part of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter, the weirdest part of filming Twilight, and what it was like to be directed by text message for his most recent role in Good Time. (Also, he dishes on his first kiss and go-to karaoke song.)

Released on 9/7/2017

Transcript

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What was I thinking the other day? (laughs)
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It's actually, it's called the,
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it is the Interlude, on 12 Play by R. Kelly.
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They didn't terribly have it on karaoke themes,
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but if anyone listens to that song, it's referencing
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the name Robert quite a lot. (laughs)
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♫ Yeah, back in the day, they used to say
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♫ Can I knock your boots today
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♫ But they'd say
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No, what is the end of it?
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It's like, it's basically the whole thing
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is that how everyone used to say, No, Robert.
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No, Robert, no Robert, but in the end,
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it's like, Yes, Robert, you go, boy. (laughs)
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R. Kelly talking to himself, his name is also Robert.
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[Interviewer] Right. It's a very, kind of a
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life-affirming tune for Roberts. (laughs)
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My first job when I was
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15 or 16 is I was Reese Witherspoon's son in
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Vanity Fair, which I got cut from.
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I went to the screening, and no one had
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informed me that I was cut, but the
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casting director, Mary Selway,
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she felt so guilty that no one had informed me,
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but she basically gave me a sort of
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first run at the part in Harry Potter.
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So, I was quite glad I got cut in the end.
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I flew out to LA to actually audition
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for something else, which was told,
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I was told it was mine to take, just on a plate,
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and I went in and completely ruined
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the audition, and then, the next day,
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it was the Twilight audition, and I think
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I was in such a kind of nothing-to-lose state.
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It was quite easy for me to do.
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I never really quite knew how to play a
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vampire there, I sort of, I just sort of,
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I just played this sort of pale, pale person.
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It was such a wild experience, and what a
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strange way to spend my early 20s.
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I've always been interested in quite
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subversive, kind of, I guess things that scare me.
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I mean, even Twilight at the time, I mean,
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I really thought, when we first signed up to it,
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if it hadn't had been so successful, I think
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people would have thought it was really weird.
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It's a really weird story, but I think once
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it becomes mainstream, people, it's difficult for
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[Interviewer] people to see how strange-- I mean,
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the last-- The story is.
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I had to give her a caesarian by chewing
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through a placenta, and I don't even know how
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the medical, how it works, but
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I was definitely chewing through something.
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I saw
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a photo from
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Heaven Knows What, the Safdie brothers,
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Josh and Benny Safdie's previous movies.
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I just thought, just something about the photo.
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It was just on the banner of a website.
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I was just like, That's just an incredible photo,
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and I just asked around to see if anybody knew them.
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Met up with them in LA, and I just really, really,
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I loved them in the meeting.
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I hadn't seen any of their stuff at all,
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and just from the strength of that meeting,
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we were like, Let's just do something.
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It's called Good Time.
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Me and Benny Safdie, we went out a few times
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in character, like we got jobs at a car wash.
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Benny started pulling off people's
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windscreen wipers and stuff, and we were like,
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It's very real to me, actually, we were
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actually committing crimes.
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I have never done anything like it.
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We just kind of full on go in character,
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to just spend an entire day in character.
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[Interviewer] Wow. We did it a few times.
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We were shooting on the subway,
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and we were stealing so many shots,
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like shooting on a packed subway at rush hour.
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We were shooting on 35 millimeter
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cameras as well, big lenses.
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No one could really tell.
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I was just getting directed by text message.
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I can open a beer bottle with pretty much any object.
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I can open it with a teabag.
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I can do it with a dollar bill.
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If you fold anything the right way,
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you can get the right purchase on it.
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Takes a while.
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You rip up your hand a bit as well.
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That's my only other secret skill. (laughs)
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First kiss,
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it was on the roof of
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a building, and like around the corner from
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my house in London, 12, I think?
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11 or 12, it was quite old, isn't it?
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I guess it was a girlfriend, I mean
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yeah, we used to walk home from school together.
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And I remember them being like,
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What does my mouth taste like?
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Afterwards, like, really, really romantic.
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Said, That tastes like Marmite.
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I think we dated for a bit until
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it was revealed to me that she was like,
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Oh no, I've started dating someone else.
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I'm like, Wait, what? (laughs)