Robert Pattinson was a little too serious in his TWILIGHT role – he almost got fired for not smiling!
Twilight alum Robert Pattinson was very open about his experience filming Twilight in a new interview with Howard Stern. Pattinson went on Stern’s radio show to promote his new movie Good Time, but ended up discussing his time as the brooding, beautiful vampire, Edward Cullen. Specifically, Pattinson revealed that he was almost fired from his iconic role because he wasn’t happy enough.
Pattinson said that he tried to tap into the Edward that was shown in the book – moody, with a dark sense about him and a low self image. But apparently he tapped into this side of Edward a little too much for the producers, making his relationship with Kristen Stewart‘s Bella a little too intense. Though Pattinson said that that’s what teenage relationships are all about:
“If you’re going into a relationship with someone, the way to make it really intense is if you can barely talk to each other, you can barely touch each other, it’s incredibly serious all the time. That’s what teenage relationships are. But everyone kind of wanted it to be, like, ‘No, they should just be, like, happy and having fun. That’s what people want.’”
Apparently, Pattinson didn’t know how much potential trouble he was in until his agents flew up to the set to set him straight, Pattinson saying that they told him to “‘do the opposite of what you’re doing now or you’re going to get fired today.'”
The producers were determined to make the actor see the happier side of his character, going so far as to give Robert Pattinson a copy of Stephenie Meyer‘s book that was highlighted every time Edward smiled. Though Pattinson just decided to get a different coloured highlighter and highlight every time his character frowned. However, Pattinson did concede in the interview that he “was probably going a little too miserable, so there was some kind of compromise made.”
Pattinson also discussed his Twilight auditions in the interview, divulging that he took half a Valium before his first audition, and a full one before his second, to calm his nerves.
You can watch the full, enlightening clip below: