Robert Pattinson worried about Cosmopolis for two weeks
Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, 28-year-old billionaire Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) sees an ordinary day devolve into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. Directed by David Cronenberg, the drama film also stars Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand & Juliette Binoche.
Robert Pattinson spent two weeks ''worrying'' about playing a billionaire in 'Cosmopolis'.
The 'Twilight' actor locked himself in his hotel room for a fortnight prior to shooting the drama movie - which sees him play Eric Packer, a multi-billionaire Wall Street CEO - but he was calmed down by director David Cronenberg who reassured him that his talent would bring out the best in his alter-ego.
He said: ''The preparation, I kind of spent two weeks in my hotel room worrying and confusing myself. I remember the weekend before we started shooting, I called David to talk to him about it, to ask him 'one question' like, 'Want to talk about the movie for a bit?'
''So then I went round to David's house and he said, 'It doesn't really matter. Let's just start, then something will happen.' I think Eric Packer's impossible to approach like you would a normal character.''
The 26-year-old star felt the film script was more like lyrics from a song which he found ''easier'' to comprehend and as a result he didn't want to alter any of the words.
He added to FlicksandBits.com: ''What I liked about the script initially was its lyricism and just the rhythms of it. I mean, normally when you do a movie, you can kind of blur the lines and you can make it your own. But with this, I didn't want to change a single word, not even the punctuation.
''That made it easier, it's like you're doing a song instead of a movie. It was interesting, it freed you up. If you're trying to do something in a cerebral way, it becomes about ego and it's silly at that point. Actors aren't supposed to be intelligent.''