Robert Pattinson opened up about the racist backlash his fiance FKA Twigs has encountered and he speaks strongly against Internet trolls. He also reflects upon ‘The Twilight Saga’ and what it was like coping with such extreme and intrusive fame.
The 29-year-old Robert Pattinson is the star of ‘Life’ which sees him taking on yet another challenging role in a biopic, portraying the famed American photographer and photojournalist Dennis Stock. And in making the promo rounds, he’s making headlines as he’s broken his silence over the racism that he and his fiance, the biracial British music artist FKA Twigs have experienced.
Yes, it’s a sad state of affairs that in the second decade of the 21st century, a major star who becomes engaged to a music artist of another race must confront such ugliness. And one can be forgiven for thinking one has suddenly been transported back to the 1950s. But such has been the case since he began dating FKA Twigs after splitting from previous girlfriend and ‘Twilight Saga’ co-star Kristen Stewart.
Pattinson in addressing the racist trolling that has found his fiance one of its targets, said, “I was talking to my dad about this and I bet him that if he looked up Nelson Mandela’s funeral on YouTube, the first comment would be a racist one.” He went on to say, And it was, with like a million up votes. What I don’t get is why. I think it’s because most normal people are not commenters — I’ve never met anyone who’s left a comment on anything.”
He went on to label Internet trolls as “just demons who live in basements.” He continued, saying, “You have this weird thing where you end up trying to fight against this faceless blob, where the more you hate it, the bigger it gets, because it’s all in your head.”
And now, a few years away from the excesses — to put it mildly — of the fame that ‘The Twilight Saga’ gave him, he speaks on that as well, in some depth. He spoke about the intrusiveness of the paparazzi, saying, “You begin to feel like your face is fake, like it doesn’t really represent you any more.”
He continued, and added, “Which was something I had a massive problem with for ages. I find the most embarrassing photo that can ever be taken of you is when you’re in a bookshop and everyone can see what book you’re buying. They might as well just take a picture of me having a wank…”
He also spoke of the ‘Twilight Saga’ years as “something that ended up being quite helpful” and went on to explain how and why, saying, “Most people, throughout their 20s, really struggle with knowing what they want to do. I was living a massively accelerated life, compacting a billion different experiences, having to comprehend so many different things… there was definitely a bad side, but it was fun. It was an adrenaline rush.”
He did admit to Googling himself, calling it a “weird compulsion” to “reinforce my negative opinion of myself.” He said of the habit, “I go through periods where I don’t do it at all and feel glorious!…Then I’ll fall back into this pit. It really does affect you, and it all comes from some moron sitting on a comment board. It’s always that person who’s needling away at you, who you either want to destroy, or convince them to love you.”
As for his movie roles in the years since, which have ranged from his portrayal of a billionaire in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis Lawrence of Arabia in ‘Queen of the Desert’ he said, “What I’m looking for is unpredictable elements.”
You can see Robert Pattinson’s full interview here as he speaks on many other topics including past and future movie roles.
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