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He Still Hates Being in the Spotlight, but Robert Pattinson Has Fond Memories of His Twilight Years and Plans to Keep Sparkling
One thing that hasn't changed for Pattinson since the early days of Twilight is his determination to carve out a diverse resume of acting roles. "I think Rob Pattinson is actually the strongest actor of the three," says Variety's film editor Josh Dickey, comparing the Twilight leads. "He's choosing stuff to do that's not typical career-building moves. He's doing darker, more adult material-he's just doing what he wants to do." Pattinson recently made the rounds promoting the psychological thriller Cosmopolis and coming up are a "futuristic Western" costarring Guy Pearce and a based-on-a-true-story film in which he plays the U.S. Army interrogator who helped topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. "The story is crazy, absolutely bizarre," Pattinson has said. "We're going to shoot in Iraq next summer."
But no matter how far afield he goes professionally, Pattinson will always have a special fondness for the role that made him a phenomenon. At a recent press event, when a reporter asked him what he thought about the rumors that a new cast of actors would possibly remake the Twilight films, Pattinson didn't even pretend to be diplomatic. "I would rip them," he said. "I pity the person who takes over. I would make a campaign against them." And at MTV's VMA ceremony in September, the actor made his love for the epic even clearer, declaring onstage, "It's been an amazing journey, and we'd like to thank all the fans of the series for your incredible enthusiasm from the beginning until now."
ROBERT THROUGH THE YEARS
From tousled and scruffy to sleek and sophisticated, Pattinson has shown off many different looks since he first became a heartthrob in 2008.
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