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On being Edward

FAISAL MOHAMMED NAIM
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Interview Robert Pattinson on the serious business of playing a vampire

Match on! A scene from Breaking Dawn
Match on! A scene from Breaking Dawn

H e is the most romantic vampire on earth, whose heart still beats — and that too for a human. Meanwhile, he sets the hearts of the fairer sex on fire. Robert Pattinson, the face of Edward Cullen, the vampire longing for love in the Twilight series is a British actor who rose to stardom with the role. He is upbeat about the latest instalment of the movie, “Breaking Dawn Part 1”. Excerpts from an interview:

How changed is the Edward Cullen of the newest “Twilight” instalment?

The Edward in this part I guess is the happiest one, more controlled and tolerant. He is more content, as finally after more than a hundred years of solitude he is getting married.

What is the most difficult thing about being Edward Cullen?

Maintaining the consistency in facial expressions. Many times I feel I just repeated a scene. He expresses his emotions through his body language which has to be very controlled. Because in Cullen's case, eyes don't say it at all. And of course the blood cravings. Initially I was apprehensive about the role, but gradually I was able to stand up and deliver, and lived it to perfection.

Edward Cullen established you as an actor in the film industry, but overshadowed Robert Pattinson, the person. Has it worked in favour or against you?

People recognise me more as Edward, and not Robert. They say, “Hey Edward, you did great…” I don't know if it is in favour or against, but it is actually not a very good feeling to be somebody else. They know Edward and not me as what I am. But professionally I guess I have been able to create an impact and have given a face to Edward Cullen, like Pierce Brosnan is for James Bond. And that is what an actor wants I guess. But I am sure I will have a life after “Twilight”. I am just not sure what it will be.

FAISAL MOHAMMED NAIM

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