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He CAN Be a Fine Actor if Twilight Isn't His Legacy

  • Aug 13, 2009
Robert Pattinson.  Before Twilight most of us knew him from those Harry Potter films as Cedric Diggory.  He's actually got quite a bit under his belt. 

Of course, now we know him as Edward Cullen from those Twilight movies.  Depending on how you look at it it could be a good thing.  In one instance because of Edward he's marketable.  Girls seem to like him for the same reason boys like Megan Fox... he looks good.  For me that always brings into question the acting ability.  But this time it comes from the fact that I don't even think Robert looks good with his hairdo.  But let's step outside of stuff like that.  When it comes to actors and actresses, one thing is for certain: Hollywood is fascinated with young and beautiful people.  And as a result we often don't get a deep sense of how well they can act.  

Unlike Megan Fox, however, Robert Pattinson actually starred in a movie in which he kind of had to act.  Does he have style?  Well, sure.  Apparently he played Edward so dryly as a stylistic choice.  Did it work?  Well, I'm not sure it does.  Twilight, of course, wasn't a fantastic film.  It was pretty wooden and had a pretty stilted script.  It could be that Pattinson's acting abilitiy isn't fully realized.  He did a fairly good job in the two Harry Potter films, but Pattinson has stated that he wants to move beyond teenage movies.  Well, Twilight isn't exactly helping that. 

But we're not here to talk about Twilight either.  We're here to talk about Pattinson.  Like Megan Fox he does seem to have a career ahead.  Unlike Megan Fox he has a chance to let his talents put that up for grabs.  Certainly he's attractive to the girls, but as I said before, he was in a film where he actually did have to act.  His style might need improvement, but it's nice to see that he wasn't there just for the sake of being looked at.  We can talk all day about the sexism that comes out of Hollywood (Megan Fox is casted to be hot, Robert Pattinson they actually wanted him to act), but this is a strange case.  Men get objectified too, but when they are there is usually the sense that they need to actually do something besides looking beautiful on screen.  We can talk about how dryly Robert Pattinson delivers some of his lines as Edward but when we discover this was intentional on his part we can sort of understand.  And perhaps the reason for that may be because Pattinson himself just isn't a big fan of Edward.

On the other hand, Robert Pattinson does seem to take his job quite seriously.  Even when disliking the guy he's playing.  It's a little too soon to say whether or not he's good at it.  And while he looks good, it would be a lot nicer if he had something else to his name... besides Twilight. 

So he has style, but not a long resume just yet.  He's incredibly good looking to most of the girls out there, but is he doomed to be another actor where his looks dictate his career?  There are many actors who grow out of that (Leonardo DiCaprio comes to mind) but they do because their talents are able to let them climb higher.  Pattinson hasn't really proven his talents yet, but at least the potential is there.  If he's able to reach higher...

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August 14, 2009
@devora If you've seen the latest Harry Potter movie, you can tell that Daniel Radcliffe is a *much* better actor than his two co-stars.
August 14, 2009
Great review.  Hopefully Rob Pattinson will have a career similar to Daniel Radcliffe.  Even though Daniel Radcliffe started out in a teen-esque movie series (and continues doing so), he has proven that he has real acting chops by taking on a more difficult and mature role in Equus.
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Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
a good actor, i really liked him in the harry potter movies. but hes just not the edward that i saw in my mind when reading the book...i'm sorry to eveyone who disagrees with me.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Really, what's not to like? Easy on the eyes, great accent and pretty swell actor.
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Robert Thomas Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor, model and musician. He is best known for playing Edward Cullen in the film adaptation of Twilight, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer, and for the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
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