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Robert Pattinson beyond the Twilight saga. Escaping from the condition of Matinee Idol
(Almost) every movie teen idol went through this, from Johnny Depp to Leonardo DiCaprio: having achieved success with a series of films or TV programs aimed at younger audiences, were they called 21 Jump Street or the blockbuster Titanic, afterwards they had to prove their real acting value confronting themselves with more difficult and mature roles, even succeeding in being nominated at the Oscars (and not just once). In the United States male stars flattered by fans as that are known by a term, “Matinee idol”, that comes even from Rudolph Valentino’s time and that indicates the young age of the fans who, since they can’t go to the cinema at night, crowd the theaters on the first show of the afternoon (that is the Matinée). No doubt Robert Pattinson is the contemporary matinée idol who, as many colleagues before him (even less lucky, like River Phoenix or Christian Slater) with the explosion of the Twilight saga has found himself in the eye of the storm, besieged by fans and paparazzi and constantly on the covers of the tabloids. Now, while the saga moves towards the two final episodes of Breaking Dawn (which November 16, 2012 will establish the end of the cycle based on Stephenie Meyer’s books) Pattinson is trying to build himself a future choosing roles that are different from the vampire Edward Cullen. For his first step towards emancipation and the new career post-Twilight, the British actor has chosen Remember Me, a family drama directed by a veteran of TV series as Allen Coulter, who has worked on the Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Nurse Jackie, and soon on the upcoming series about the prohibition signed also by Scorsese, Broadwalk Empire (from September 18 on HBO in America). As a further guarantee to get out of the condition of matinée ido,l Pattinson has then wanted for Remember Me a high level surround with veterans such as Chris Cooper (Oscar in 2003 for Adaptation), Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin and the new Lost star Emilie de Ravin. The result is a definitely good movie, in which Pattinson, with his interpretation of the rebel Tyler Hawkins, looks straight towards another great matinée idol as James Dean and his tormented acting in Rebel without a cause. Obviously, the comparison works just partially since the two guys, although the age is the same in both movies (24), can’t definitely be associated, the distance is still too much. However Remember me remains a good attempt to come out of the gothic sphere of Twilight, not a movie for twilighters or twi-hards, but one that can be enjoyed by everyone waiting for the other moves of R-Pattz, rapidly escaping from the condition of teen idol, called Bel-Ami, ambitious transposition of Guy de Maupassant with which he will have to stand up to females like Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Uma Thurman, and Water for Elephant,s in which he will have to confront two Oscar winners like Christoph Waltz and Reese Whiterspoon. Life’s hard for the matinée idol.