Robert Pattinson's 'Cosmopolis' Sales Boosted by the Very Thing He Hates

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Robert PattinsonIt must be really uncomfortable to be Robert Pattinson right now. Not just because I imagine that it's sort of difficult to cultivate that gravity-defying hairstyle of his on a daily basis (gel? Blowdryer? Repeatedly running his hands through his bangs in frustration every time someone called him "R-Patz"?), but because he's got to be stuck firmly between a rock and a hard place with all this Twilight scandal scrutiny he's under.

I mean, on the one hand: he clearly hates it, and who could blame him? On the other hand, it's great for his new movie Cosmopolis, which wouldn't normally get half this much attention from its publicity circuit.

While the ever-fascinating news of Kristen Stewart's infidelity has created a new wave of interest in Cosmopolis, in the midst of his promotional tour for the film Pattinson had some very choice words for the tabloids who are reporting on his every post-scandal move.

Pattinson recently sat down with the LA Times, and although his agent wouldn't let him do the interview alone -- and requested that reporters not focus on Twilight or his personal life -- he did share a few opinions about the downside of fame:

Media culture is a monstrous thing. You can't win. The annoying thing is that you can't attack them, but you can't defend yourself. The best thing you could possibly do is punch a paparazzi and give them their big payday.

Well, I don't know if that would be the best thing, Rob. In fact, I can see the headlines now: R-PATZ SO BROKEN UP ABOUT ROBSTEN SPLIT HE ATTACKS PHOTOGRAPHER, CLAIMS ASSAULT WAS 'JUST TO FEEL SOMETHING…ANYTHING'.

He also didn't mince words about being a perennial tabloid-cover king:

The tabloid industry does terrible, terrible things for the world. It makes people stupid. People say [tabloids] are about escapism, and people have got to get away from the misery of the world. It's like, 'No, people are lazy, and they don't want to try.' … Every time I've looked at a magazine like that, I've regretted it. I gain absolutely nothing from it. And neither does anyone else.

Unfortunately, that's the flip side of being the one of the most recognized young actors in the entire world right now. Like it or not, his offscreen romance with Stewart helped stoke the popularity of Twilight into a massively profitable cultural phenomenon, and now that their relationship has dramatically detonated in the public eye, the interest in his personal life has reached obsessive levels. It's a wildly awkward time to be promoting another movie -- or, depending on how you look at it, it's a great opportunity for boosting ticket sales.

Assuming the whole thing's not a giant PR conspiracy, I can't imagine how challenging it must be for Pattinson to be on a promo circuit right now, and gearing up for the inevitable Breaking Dawn 2 media blitz that's to come. But the silver lining may lie in the same tabloid attention he despises -- namely, helping Pattinson carve out a post-Twilight career by continuing to be a box-office draw even when he's not a sparkly vampire.

Do you think Robert Pattinson's relationship troubles will ultimately help his Cosmopolis ticket sales?

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Tw Poppy

Without Kristin he is nothing.... On twilight.. Pst twilight, he is basking on the publicity of the scandle to promote his nes movie cosmopolis,,,,, without Kristin his career is really in the rut and he knows it... That's why he is being selfish by hanging n not making a decision on their relationship..... Goodness sake he is no angel... At least Kristin took full responsibility for her mistake!!!!! And she deserve better... Sweeney is right.... He is not ny a douche bag he is a leach.....!!!!

Tracey Craw

There is no way Kristin is helping his career!!! She sucks her acting is so bad....I don't get were you people think she made him or something...your out of your mind

Kimberly Sparks Canady

I am not going to see the movie because of the breakup.Yes I want to see it because I really like him in movies.I did notice him because of Twilight but after watching him in interveiws you couldnt help but love him he seems really funny and sweet and I like his awkwardness makes him that much more appealing.I hate he is going through all this public humility can you imagine everyone watching your every move to see if you are going to break I have not bought one magazine about the scandel I dont beleive any of it other then people magazine .some men side with kristen women with rob but I dont care i just hope they find happiness and people will leave them alone to work it out and just enjoy their movies.

nonmember avatar moi

I love Rob! Can't wait to see Cosmopolis and not because of the scandal I have liked him since HP. The media culture he was talking about was clearly the scum paparazzi that follow him endlessly and hiding waiting to snap a photo and or make up stories about him and who he has been with. Love Rob wish continued success.

Angel Lauren Villani

Reason for most females watching Twilight? Rob and Taylor, not Kristen. Guys watching it? Still not Kristen. She sucks at acting and isn't really pretty so how is she helping his career. shuuuuutupppppp. lol The only thing this indiscretion on Kristens part is doing is RUINING the last movie for me. Dumb slut! =P

nonmember avatar tracie

Kristen is not helping him. She is hurting him. He has always had more fans than her. She didn't have any good movies before twilight and swath don't count because she was whoring the director. Thats prob how she got the job.

nonmember avatar Bratz

Twilight made him a star, he doesn't want to talk about it anymore.. TW POPPY you are right. Kristen and Twilight made him who he is. Such a Loser he became.

nonmember avatar thisisdumb

Kristen didn't make Rob who he is now.. People watched the first twilight movie because the books were good, and most people watch them for Rob and Taylor. Kristen didnt do anything.

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