Before ‘Twilight’, Robert Pattinson pretended to be American during auditions


Robert Pattinson is a born and bred Englishman. But after realizing his British accent was hampering his chances of landing roles, the dusk star pretended to be an American when he entered the auditions.

Robert Pattinson landed his ‘Twilight’ role as the American Vampire in 2008

‘Twilight’ and ‘The Batman’ star Robert Pattinson in 2019 | Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Pattinson has portrayed a Briton in projects like vanity lounge and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at the beginning of his career. But in 2008, he landed his breakthrough role as dark American vampire Edward Cullen in dusk.

The actor reprized the role four times later dusk movies. He then played American characters in several films, including Maps to the stars, Some water for the elephantsand the devil all the time.

Until He Was Cast For ‘Twilight,’ Robert Pattinson Pretended To Be American During Auditions

Pattinson auditioned for several projects before joining the dusk to throw. And in a feature for QG, the British actor revealed that casting directors would “always wonder” if he could pull off an American accent. So, instead of admitting he was from England, Pattinson pretended he was from America.

“I always used to come as a different person, an American,” he recalls. “I would say, ‘Hi, I’m from Michigan.'”

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But everything changed when dusk has been freed. The film transformed Pattinson into an international superstar overnight. So when he went to audition with his American spiel for Transformers 2casting officials thought the actor was trying to be funny.

“I came in as a Denver guy,” Pattinson said. “And they called my agent and said, ‘What’s wrong with him? Why was he improvising? A really boring improvisation? ”

‘The Batman’ star admits he’s bad at auditioning

With the success of dusk, Pattinson became a Hollywood A-lister and didn’t have to audition as much. And he attributed that early fame to keeping his career intact, admitting he was “bad” at auditions.

“If I hadn’t been really lucky and had to audition all these years, I wouldn’t have had a career at all,” Pattinson told GQ. “I’m so bad at this.”

Early in his career, Pattinson competed for the same roles as Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield. And he remembers watching his fellow British actors pass their auditions.

“Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Garfield were so good at auditioning. It’s just amazing,” he revealed. “You’d see them, and then if you were waiting outside, you’d literally hear the casting directors inside saying, ‘Oh, my God! Oh my God!’ And you’d be like, ‘Holy shit, who’s inside?’ “

“And Eddie would come out and say, ‘Hey, mate,'” Pattinson continued. “I would do something thinking it was a comedy and suddenly hear those sobs. I think, ‘Who managed to get a sob out of this?’ And then damn Eddie comes out, damn it.

Pattinson’s new movie, The Batmanhits theaters on March 4.

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