Robert Pattinson: A Dispatch from His Isolation—EXCERPT

Robert Pattinson is the cover of the June/July cover of GQ which ran his self portraits from his self isolation and quarantine with his girlfriend in London. Pattison lives in Los Angeles but was in London filming director Matt Reeves The Batman when the world ground to halt because of the Coronavirus pandemic.


The article reveals that there may be no single individual more suited for self-isolation than the actor: Pattinson, who turned 34 in May, has spent his adult life separating himself from the rest of the world… He was 21 when he was cast in the first Twilight, as the lead vampire in what would become five increasingly popular movies about teen lust in the Pacific Northwest. The final installment of the franchise, which turned Pattinson and his costar, Kristen Stewart, into two of the more famous people in the world, came out in 2012 and grossed over $800 million worldwide. But by that time, he was already mostly gone. He was starring in David Cronenberg movies. He was on sets in Australia, Canada, or New York City, where he prowled the streets in disguise, trying to develop the right outer-borough accent for Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time. He was playing innocents, strivers, outsiders, people who drooled and cried and jerked off, in movies from Werner Herzog, James Gray, Anton Corbijn. He was becoming, film by film, one of the most interesting actors alive. And when he wasn’t working? He was hiding out. From paparazzi, at times. From the Hollywood studio system, at others. From all the weird things the world throws at young actors who already have so much. He was wandering around houses in Los Angeles that were too big, in neighborhoods where he couldn’t go outside. “I spend so much time by myself, ’cause you’re just kind of always forced to, that I can’t really remember what it was like not really having that kind of lifestyle,” Pattinson says. Now he was talking to his friends and family, who were having to do the same thing. “I just realize, everyone is so, so vulnerable to isolation,” he says. “It’s quite shocking.”

Pattinson on working out: The film studio hired a trainer who left Pattinson with a Bosu ball, a single weight, and a sincere plea to use both, but right now, he says, he’s ignoring her. “I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” he says, sighing. By “you” he means other actors. “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped.” He says that back when he was the star of the Twilight franchise, “the one time they told me to take my shirt off, I think they told me to put it back on again.” But Batman is Batman. Pattinson called another actor on the film, Zoë Kravitz, the other day, and she said she was exercising five days a week during their exile from set. Pattinson, well: “Literally, I’m just barely doing anything,” he says, sighing again.

Read the full article here.

“I think everybody thinks it’s a pretty weird time.” At the link in bio, Zach Baron spoke with Robert Pattinson about #Batman, his upcoming films, and nearly burned down his kitchen. Self-portraits by Robert Pattinson