Robert Pattinson, one of the renowned actors in Hollywood, gained worldwide recognition with the portrayal of Edward Cullen in the popular Twilight Saga. While the role did bring him fame and success as an actor, it also had its shortcomings as an actor for Pattinson. During his tenure in The Twilight Saga, he wasn’t able to give much time to other projects, and the ones he received were mostly focused on capitalizing on the teen heartthrob’s growing fan base. It also led him toward being typecast, where he mostly received offers for romantic stories.
However, despite all the challenges, he took it upon himself to change his career direction, as he started opting for more versatile roles and did every possible thing to express his range as an actor. One such movie role also includes his part in the 2017 film Good Time, for which he took some extreme measures.
Robert Pattinson Took Extreme Measures For Good Time
Robert Pattinson portrayed the role of Constantine Nikas, aka Connie, in the 2017 crime thriller Good Time. The film follows Connie’s attempts to free his disabled brother from prison. Filmmakers Safdie brothers shared that the Twilight star himself approached them for a role in their movie. Although they did not consider Pattinson for their film initially, they approached him after their producer asked them to.
Actor-direct Benny Safdie, who also starred alongside Pattinson in the film, said that he wanted to make his character as authentic as he could. He stayed in the same basement apartment as his character in the movie and tried to fully adapt to Connie’s lifestyle.
The Lighthouse actor said that he lived like a “freak” for two months and ate “cans of tuna” the entire time. Stating that living in that basement apartment was not a healthy lifestyle, he said, “I probably have mercury poisoning now because I ate it just out of the can.”
Sharing his experience working on the movie, Pattinson said that he was proud of the film. Good Time received a 6-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and has a 91% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite great reviews, it was unable to make it big at the box office, garnering only a little more than $4 million.
Good Time Helped Robert Pattinson Get Batman
Although Good Time did not make it big at the box office, the 2017 film and its lead star were highly praised by critics. It also opened new opportunities for Robert Pattinson to persuade the characters he wanted to portray. And reports also suggest that the director of the 2022 film The Batman was also impressed with the actor’s performance in the movie.
Sources close to the 2022 film told The Hollywood Reporter that Matt Reeves kept returning to Pattinson’s work in the 2017 film during the casting process. The names for the lead in the movie were shortlisted to Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult.
Reeves later confirmed the Tenet star’s casting as Bruce Wayne with a tweet in which he shared Pattinson’s gif from Good Time. The tweet was taken as a reference to how the actor’s work in the Safdie Brothers’ film helped the writer-director to cast him as Batman.
Good Time is available on Hulu.
Source: The Things