Robert Pattinson revisited one of his most popular films — despite expressing his distaste for it in the past.
The 32-year-old actor portrayed the vampire Edward Cullen opposite Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The 2009 fantasy film made $709.7 million at the box office and is hailed as one of the most popular teen flicks of all time.
Pattinson told USA Today he recently rewatched the film on TV “just the other day” and admitted, “it genuinely does have an incredibly good soundtrack.”
“I completely forgot, but the soundtracks were quite ahead of their time,” he said.
He and Stewart faced massive media attention over their on-screen and off-screen relationship at the time.
“It’s lovely now that the mania is not so intense,” he said. “People come up [to me] and just have very fond memories of it. It’s a really sweet thing. I think the only scary part was right in the thick of it all when it was very, very intense.”
He added, “Now the intensity has died down and it’s just very warm memories.”
Pattinson also shared his surprise as to how the film has withstood the test of time, saying, “It seems like with younger people in their late teens, early 20s, it’s sort of become quite a hip thing to like.”
“It’s a fascinating second wave of people appreciating it, which is kind of cool,” he continued. “I think when anything becomes a massive phenomenon, there’s always people who get annoyed it’s just everywhere. But now it seems like a retro thing: the soundtrack, the fashion. It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s so late 2000s.’”
In September 2018, Pattinson joked to Variety he was waiting to reprise his role of Cullen.
“I’ve literally talked to my agent about it. The amount of time I spend moisturizing — I am ready to play 17 at a moment’s notice. I’ve got the botox out,” Pattinson said while laughing.
He added, “I feel like I stopped mentally progressing around the time I started doing those movies. It feels like not a day has passed.”
Pattinson’s latest movie High Life opens in select theaters Friday