04/08/2011 at 11:00 AM EDT
On the big screen, Robert Pattinson
kicks major butt as the ever-undefeatable vampire, Edward Cullen.
And while he won't be sprouting fangs in real life, those moves he's mastered for the Twilight
movies might just come in handy one day – paparazzi, you have been warned.
"When the whole thing dries up and there's hardly any paparazzi around – I don't know, in 15 years or something – I like the idea of just one paparazzo coming out and trying to get a picture, and I just beat the s--- out of him," Pattinson, 24, tells Elle magazine
. "I mean, out of nowhere, when my picture's not even worth [money], and I've spent all my money, so you can't sue me!"
Until then, the British hunk, whose rumored real-life romance
with costar Kristen Stewart
has thrust him even further into the public eye, is fighting off the attention without actually fighting anyone.
Pattinson says he out-smarted – and angered – photographers in a recent run-in at Venice Beach. "A bunch of paparazzi were following me, and I thought the best way to deal with it was to stop my car in the middle of the street and say, 'I'm not leaving, and I'm not going to speak to you anymore,' " he says. "They got all pissed off because they can't just keep taking the same picture."
But it was no laughing matter: "They kept trying to get all these drug dealers to come up to the car. I was like, 'Oh my God, this is insane.' "
As for rumors printed about him, Pattinson tries to take them in stride. There was one story a few years ago that reported the British hunk was pregnant, about which he quips: "Yeah … That was true, though."