Robert Pattinson takes on a role unlike any he's ever played in David Cronenberg's new adaptation, Cosmopolis. Even though he immediately loved the script, he still had reservations about doing the movie, according to the film's writer/director.
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In a new interview, Cronenberg describes his first phone conversations with Pattinson. During these talks, Cronenberg sensed that Pattinson was afraid of the project "in the way that actors often are afraid," which is that they don't want to ruin the movie by giving a subpar performance, thinking that there might be another actor that would better serve the role.
If Pattinson didn't completely trust himself, Cronenberg had enough confidence to compensate, saying, "I had no doubt that he was the right guy."
It was this same confidence that kept the set running smoothly, according to Pattinson.
"I've never really worked on something where the director had ultimate control," says Pattinson, explaining that his other projects consisted of "everyone questioning everything." Pattinson says that the respect and control Cronenberg commanded allowed the actor to focus solely on his performance, which came "instinctively."
The film, based on the novel by Don DeLillo, chronicles one day in the life of multi-billionaire asset manager Eric Packer (Pattinson), who travels aimlessly through New York City in his limousine. The 28-year-old loses fortunes while conducting investment trades from the back seat, and watches his world fall apart as a result of his self-destructive decisions and questionable encounters.