Robert Pattinson is one thrifty fella.
Earlier this summer, the British actor was named to Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actors list, pulling in an estimated $26.5 million dollars in a year for his work on films including “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” and “Water for Elephants.” So you’d think the 26-year-old heartthrob would have a fleet of luxury vehicles at his disposal, one fancier than the next. Think again.
Last night, the “Cosmopolis” star appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and revealed that he recently purchased a car for $2,500 off Craigslist. And it gets better: the Chevy Silverado pickup truck is over a decade old. “I got a 2001 Silverado. It’s beautiful. Solid car,” Pattinson gushed, noting, “I buy everything off Craigslist. Every single car that I’ve bought.”
This particular purchase was made three months ago and brought Pattinson out to Chino Hills, California, a rather random spot in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The seller, who didn’t recognize the world-famous star, “was this guy who lived with his parents,” Pattinson recounted. “We were talking about gas prices, going, ‘I know man. It’s crazy.’” The wealthy movie star, who described himself as “incredibly cheap,” went on to detail the negotiation process with the seller. “He didn’t really understand the concept of negotiating,” he laughed. “I [talked him down] 300 bucks and his comeback was, ‘What about 50 bucks more?’”
Pattinson also shared another story about the first car he purchased in California following the success of the original “Twilight” film. “The first car I ever bought was $1,000,” he said of another Craigslist buy. “I thought I negotiated it myself, but I just got reminded that I had just moved to L.A. and I turned up with my agent and my manager literally to negotiate the price of a $1,000 car.”
The actor previously spoke with Yahoo! about that set of wheels – a 1989 BMW – that has since gone to the great car lot in the sky. “It’s beautiful,” he said last fall. “It’s an old BMW. It’s a minor classic that cost $1,000.” However, it “blew up,” he said. “I still have it. It’s just blown up.”
Pattinson’s Wednesday night chat session with Kimmel didn’t include any mention of Kristen Stewart, who was caught cheating on him last month with her married “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders. He did, however, make it clear that he’s no longer living with her in the $4 million home they once shared in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. When Kimmel noted that the last time Pattison was on the show he had referred to himself as “homeless,” Pattinson shot back, “I still am,” and joked that he had been living in a “garbage can.”
Perhaps he should move into his Silverado, which has a little more room.
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