Robert Pattinson Compares the "Twilight" Movies to "Existential Art House" Films

Sara Delgado

The Twilight movie franchise might have wrapped eight years ago but one of its main stars, Robert Pattinson, is still contemplating its impact and he has found a peculiar way to describe the saga — to put it lightly.

If you are a RobPat stan, you’d have probably separated his work into two clear categories: Hollywood blockbusters à la Twilight and Harry Potter and not-so-hidden indie gems like High Life and Good Time. The actor has become a mainstay in both realms but he does quite see the difference and believes Twilight can actually be described as an “existential art house movie.”

“I look at the Twilight movies and I think in a lot of ways they seem more like sort of existential art house movies than the things that were intentionally that,” the actor said in a new interview with GQ. Looking at his newly-minted description of the movies, it looks like Rob’s feelings on the beloved Stephanie Meyer series might have shifted a bit in the last year.

Back in November 2019, RobPat described Twilight as straight-up “weird” story. “Twilight is about this guy, and he finds the one girl he wants to be with, and he also wants to eat her. I mean, not eat her, but drink her blood or whatever. It’s not that other people are telling them they can’t be together, it’s his own body telling him that,” he said back then. Existential art house movie with reluctant teenage vampire romance? Sounds like a great genre to me!

Descriptions aside, RobPat opened up about the marked distinction in his career further admitting that, over the years, he focused only on projects he felt connected to, which just so happened to be majorly independent. That ultimately lead to a lack of role offers for bigger projects because agents believed he wasn’t interested in big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. That is until he was cast for the upcoming Batman movie, slated to premiere in October 2021.

Much like the rest of Hollywood, production for The Batman is halted in light of the coronavirus pandemic but Rob is still the Batman even in isolation. That, to us mortals, means he’s on a meal plan and with a trainer’s rules to keep up the exercise from home, something he admitted he’s blissfully ignoring... by also referencing his Twilight character.

“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem. You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped,” Rob said about achieving the so-called Batman physique. “The one time they told me to take my shirt off [during Twilight], I think they told me to put it back on again.” Though co-star Zoë Kravitz is reportedly training five times a week superhero-level ripped, Robert is staying true to Edward Cullen’s ways and “literally just barely doing anything.”

Though we’re all looking forward to seeing him as the Gotham vigilante, it seems like RobPat can’t quite get Edward Cullen off his mind lately and, hey, we don’t blame him. Who knows, maybe that long-awaited reunion could come after all? Or maybe even a sequel? A new Twilight book is coming after all!

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