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Robert Pattinson says he 'doesn't think he can act' and will do 'art-house porn' if his career dies

INSIDER logoINSIDER 12/23/2019 Hayley Peppin
Robert Pattinson wearing a suit and tie © Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
  • Robert Pattinson says he gets nervous on every movie set as he "doesn't really know how to act."
  • In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, he said if his acting career took a turn for the worst, he'd get into "art-house porn."
  • The 33-year-old British actor said he "only knows how to play scenes three ways," so he often goes through rigorous creative challenges to get in the zone on set.
  • This has involved punching himself in the face, making himself dizzy, drinking mud from puddles, and even forcing himself to gag.
  • "One of the ways I've always thought makes that a little bit easier is if you shake up your physical state just before action," he said.
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Robert Pattinson says he gets nervous on every movie set as he "doesn't really know how to act."

Despite the 33-year-old Londoner enjoying a now lucrative 10 years in the industry, he joked to The Guardian that if his career went downhill he'd try his hand at "art-house porn."

In the personal and in-depth interview, the actor said he only really "only knows how to play scenes three ways."

To get himself in a zone and add authenticity to his characters, he often puts himself through rigorous creative and mental challenges just before shooting.

"I like doing whatever I can to not know what's going on," he said. "To be completely overwhelmed and disorientated. To feel like it's actually happening."

Robert Pattinson in a forest © Netflix

Pattinson said this "necessary" process has involved punching himself in the face, making himself dizzy, drinking mud from puddles, and even forcing himself to gag.

"Because I don't really know how to act, I kind of wanted to somehow make it real, and one of the ways I've always thought makes that a little bit easier is if you shake up your physical state just before action. You end up walking into a scene having a different feeling," Pattinson said.

His wild acting methods, which have sometimes involved throwing up, have been known to gross out crew members.

"It kind of puts everyone else off ... I don't know, I was too engrossed in my gagging," Pattinson said.

Robert Pattinson et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera © Getty

Pattinson said he used to be even "more insecure" when he was younger, with the actor admitting he "kept thinking people were disappointed when they met me." Nowadays, however, his concerns on set are more related to self-doubt.

"There is no harsher critic of myself than myself, so I don't need to worry about anyone else," he said.

When the interviewer asked what his "worst case scenario" would be if his career doesn't continue on its current trajectory, Pattinson responded with: "Porn... but art-house porn."

The actor also revealed in the interview he originally wanted to be a musician, and acting was never on the agenda.

But scoring the role of Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" as an 18-year-old back in 2005 paved the way for his movie career.

This eventually led to his casting as Edward Cullen in the vampire franchise "Twilight," which catatapaulted him to global fame and known as heartthrob "R-Patz."

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson are posing for a picture © Summit Entertainment

However, for the past few years the actor has stepped away from the limelight, instead choosing to star in a series of independent movies.

His latest projects include Netflix's period drama "The King" opposite Timothee Chalamet, and next month will see the release of "The Lighthouse," also starring William DaFoe.

According to The Guardian, Pattinson is a strong contender for an Oscar or Bafta nomination for his work in "The Lighthouse."

António Luís Alves Ribeiro Oliveira wearing a hat © A24

Pattinson has almost gone full circle, as he is also not only working on another Hollywood cult blockbuster - Marvel's reboot of "The Batman," which is scheduled for release in June 2021 - but he's also doing so in the very studio where he filmed "Harry Potter."

"I felt a connection to it, I don't know why ... I just really wanted it," he said of his upcoming role as the masked crusader.

He added that the role has a "power," which is why "everyone is attracted to it."

"It's an unidentifiable thing."

Read more:

Robert Pattinson gatecrashed the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' after drinking beer and eating pizza all day

Robert Pattinson is bewildered by the popularity of 'Twilight': 'It was a strange story'

Watch Robert Pattinson and Timothée Chalamet try out hilarious new accents in the trailer for Netflix's 'The King'

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