It 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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