The 32-year-old actor has made a name for himself by playing sullen and dark characters, but in his new Western film (with a twist), Damsel, he’s taking on comedy.
“It was really fun. I really wanted to do one for ages,” Pattinson told ET’s Katie Krause at the Hollywood premiere of the film on Wednesday. “I mean, I've played a lot of serious psychopaths so I thought I'd play a funny psychopath.”
The film turns the Western archetype on its head thanks to Pattinson’s co-star, Mia Wasikowska’s, character, Penelope.
“It seemed kind of subversive. Most Westerns, the archetype lead cowboy is someone who's sort of, they can handle anything and it’s them against the world and they come to save the damsel but pretty much every single male character in this movie is completely inept,” Pattinson explained. “They think they’re trying to save the damsel but actually they’re incapable of anything at all. They’re incapable of saving themselves.”
Pattinson himself has worked with many strong boss ladies in his lengthy career, and named a few for ET. “Oh tons! I mean, I've worked with some real powerhouses. Definitely Mia is one of them, obviously. Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman,” he said.
But what about his Twilight co-star and ex-girlfriend, Kristen Stewart?
“Kristen Stewart, Kristen too! Kristen Stewart as well, yeah, yeah, yeah,” he insisted. “Catherine Hardwicke, too. She's great.”