Robert Pattinson Is Currently Ghosting His 'Batman' Trainer

Evan Romano

From Men's Health

  • Robert Pattinson opened up about his current state of isolation for a new GQ cover story.

  • He says that he's currently ignoring his Warner Bros. approved trainer.

  • “Literally, I’m just barely doing anything,” he said.

Recent history has generally shown Batman in pretty damn good shape. Affleck? Jacked. Bale? He can get his body to do whatever what he wants it to do. Even Batman of video games and animated series has been, well, huge. The next on-screen Batman will be played by eccentric leading man Robert Pattinson in 2021's The Batman, and while Warner Bros. certainly wants him to join those who have bulked up before him, he's not exactly feeling motivated at the moment. In fact, Pattinson said in a new GQ cover story that he's currently ignoring—ghosting, as the kids say—the trainer provided by the studio

“I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” he says in the story, that "you" referring to other actors. “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped.”

Pattinson goes out of his way to make it clear that he's never been one for all this working out and getting buff stuff. He recalled a time on the set of Twilight that called for a possible shirtless scene. “The one time they told me to take my shirt off, I think they told me to put it back on again,” he said.

The story details that Pattinson is currently isolated in an apartment in London the studio set him up in—he normally lives in Los Angeles—and his trainer (whom the studio also set him up with) left him with only a Bosu ball and a single weight. The trainer desperately wants him to make use of both, but he hasn't exactly been motivated. From the sound of it, he's been thinking about just about anything but working out.

Fortunately for The Batman (and director Matt Reeves, and Warner Bros.), this mindset that Pattinson's found himself stuck in hasn't proven to be a trend. Pattinson recently called, Zoë Kravitz, who will play Catwoman in the upcoming film—she's still working out five days a week while they're all away from set. Pattinson says he just can't compete with that right now. “Literally, I’m just barely doing anything,” he said.

Luckily, Pattinson got the Batman job for more than physical prowess; with his roles in movies like Good Time (from Uncut Gems directors Josh and Benny Safdie), The Lighthouse, and High Life (and a key role in the upcoming Christopher Nolan film), he's sure to be an inspired choice to play Gotham's Dark Knight. He'll just have to make his way back to the set first.

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