Robert Pattinson opens up about his deepest, darkest fear: being humiliated on screen.
The Twilight alum and The Batman star told Jordan Firstman: interview magazine that there are no excuses for poor performance.
“I have a deep, deep fear of humiliation,” Pattinson said when asked if he had ever taken on a role he didn’t believe in. “And besides, you somehow know that it’s up to you. You can say it’s a shitty script or the director is an idiot or blah, blah, blah, but at the end of the day no one will care about the reasons. You’re the one everyone will say is lame.”
He added: “And the vast majority of people will say you’re lame even if you did your best.”
Pattinson continued about his worldview as a whole: “I mean, that’s how I see everything. I keep thinking that you will spend most of your life jobless, desperate, and feeling like a complete failure. I think that’s exactly what life is. I think it’s just part of it.”
The actor noted, “Most of the time you’re working a job, you’re at maximum capacity and you’re employed for three months. This is the most stressful thing in the world.”
Pattinson has told it before GQ In 2020, he realized that after starring in indie films like The Lighthouse and Good Time, he needed to expand his career to include more commercial films.
“I started unemployed at the beginning of last year,” Pattinson said at the time. “And I called my agent and I was just like – I had been getting good reviews on things – and I was like, ‘What the fuck? I thought this was a pretty good year, and I’m fucking starting the year like I’ve just done a bunch of trash.'”
He continued: “The problem I found was how much I loved this too [indie] Films I’ve made, no one sees them. And that’s kind of scary because I don’t know how realistic that is for a career… I don’t know how many people there are actually in the industry who are willing to support you without it being commercially viable at all.”
Pattinson is expected to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ sequel to “The Batman,” which is still in pre-production, and he will star in Bong Joon Ho’s sci-fi “Mickey 17,” due out next year. Both are Warner Bros. releases.