Three years and three films into “The Twilight Saga,” Robert Pattinson can see the finish line for the role that made him famous.
With the release of “Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” he knows that the whirlwind surrounding him and his cast mates is about to peak. then subside. He says he’s relishing the end, and he’s taking it all in: the attention, the career boost and the way his peers have coped with the sudden fame of a film series whose fans are nothing if not fanatical.
“I am constantly amazed that no one has gone totally crazy,” he says, chuckling. “Everybody has their own way of coping. We’re all trying to be artists at the same time this whole thing is going on around us.”
The 25-year-old British actor has worked with Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz (“Water for Elephants”)and a former James Bond (Pierce Brosnan (“Remember Me”). But he says his contemporaries – his “Twilight” cast mates — “have taught me the most. They’ve grown up in the eye of the storm. I learn from how they’ve dealt with fame. For me, that’s obviously the most overwhelming … thing I’ve had to deal with. You learn a lot about the world and a lot about people when you and they go through something like this.”
That “something like this” has been in evidence since before the first film opened. Pattinson was an all-but-unknown 21-year-old, best known for a glorified cameo as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” when he landed the role that would change his life the instant he was cast.
Tim Guinee, one of his co-stars in “Water for Elephants,” recalls the paparazzi in helicopters above that film’s set, the scores of fans hanging around, “hoping to catch a glimpse of him. What an extraordinary amount of pressure this was for such a young guy to deal with and I was always amazed at the dignity and fortitude with which he dealt with all of it.”