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The Twilight saga's Robert Pattinson is starring in the new David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis and, in a new Premiere photo spread (from France), the actor "starred" recreated a few moments from Cronenberg's oeuvre, including Videodrome, Scanners and Dead Ringers.
From Premiere France: "To say that he got involved in the making of the photoshoot is an euphemism. The first images of Scanners and Videodrome we prepared for him as an inspiration for the future snapshots came back to us with an unexpected commentary: Rob was sorry that they weren’t more daring, wanting to push all the limits with this shoot – the complete opposite of what someone in his position would have asked. Two days later, the photograph Eliot Lee Hazel and his crew – sort of strange for this kind of shoot (a special effect makeup artist, a pregnant lady …) – met in a gloomy hotel in downtown L.A. to give the go-ahead of this shoot that lasted for exactly 13 hours. After seeing the results of this shoot, we’re ready to bet that you won’t look at Robert Pattinson the same way again. That the last pretense who might still weigh on the actor will fly away as fast as they appeared."
"Insanely rich and maddeningly complex." Why, yes. Cosmopolis was finally screened in Cannes, and it got the first straight A from the usually pretty tough Playlist. And this is a pretty thorough and competent review from someone who just watched it this morning.
And it was the most satisfying subtitling job in ages, just because the dialog is so rich, so abstract and so verbose. Totally in a class of its own, it was like doing poetry. And the film itself is more of a gallery piece than your usual summer blockbuster – and much more a piece of art than your usual arthouse fare.
He's excellent in the role, and also perfect for it. I'm sure Farrell would have been good, but RPattz has such a tabula rasa persona here (yes, the review got it right) that he perfectly complements the abstract nature of the entire piece. Also, his Leopold Bloom-like journey into gradual mutilation works wonderfully through a series of visuals played against his Adonis-in-marble perfection (sorry about that, I spent way too much time translating Bella Swan back in the day). Although he's anything but bland here, and this is by far his best role ever.
I'd be surprised if Cosmopolis doesn't get the Palme d'Or, honestly. Cannes is known for rewarding crap, yes, but they *did* honor Malick last year, so there's hope.
Also, I'm not sure that anyone noticed young Canadian actress Sarah Gadon in "A Dangerous Method", where she played a rather simplified, of necessity, version of the great Emma Jung, but she's brilliant here. Doesn't hurt that she's prettier than any number of current Hollywood starlets.
Alex Billington @firstshowing
Cosmopolis - Intriguing, contemplative look at how money corrupts this world. Philosophical, overlong, meh. Pattinson still wooden. #Cannes