Robert Pattinson Made Gloomy EDM Music While Stuck Isolated In His ‘The Batman’ Batsuit
‘The Batman’ star Robert Pattinson is a musician
Pattinson is most recognized for his role as the vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight film franchise. But what some may not know is that he’s also an accomplished musician.
The Batman actor plays multiple instruments, including the piano and the guitar. And he sang two songs for the Twilight soundtrack — “Let Me Sign” and “Never Think.”
In a 2008 interview with the LA Times, Pattinson revealed that he had only performed at small local venues before Twilight. And he suggested if acting doesn’t work out, he’ll fall back on music.
“I just played in pubs and stuff,” Pattinson said. “Music is my backup plan if acting fails. I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.”
“I used to love playing live at open mic nights,” he added, noting he’s given up doing live gigs after becoming famous. “It’d be cathartic. I mean, it was really key for me.”
He made music while stuck in his ‘The Batman’ Batsuit
Fame may have gotten in the way of Pattinson’s musical performances. But the actor continues to pursue his passion in his downtime.
In an interview with GQ, The Batman star revealed that he spent a lot of time in the Batsuit between shots. So he would head to his makeshift tent and try to read and create music.
“I’d be in the tent just making ambient electronic music in the suit, looking over the cowl,” Pattinson recalled. “There’s something about the construction of the cowl that makes it very difficult to read books, so you have to kind of almost lean forward to see out of the cowl.”
Robert Pattinson couldn’t leave ‘The Batman’ set in his Batsuit
The Batman movie was filmed in London in 2020 during the pandemic. And Pattinson revealed that there were times when he felt isolated in his “bubble” of a set.
“The nature of the shoot was so kind of insular,” he told GQ. “Always shooting at night, just really dark all the time, and I felt very much alone. Even just being in the suit all the time. You’re not really allowed out of the studio with the suit on, so I barely knew what was going on at all outside.”
But while the world was bogged with the worry of COVID-19, the actor continued to focus on his superhero role. And he admitted working on the movie was a difficult, but welcome distraction.
“I just always had this anchor of Batman,” Pattinson said. “Rather than thinking you’re flotsam to the news, you could feel engaged without being paralyzed by it — I was so incredibly busy the whole time, doing something that was also super high pressure, by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
“I was still playing Batman at the end of the day, even though the world might end,” he added. “But just on the off chance that it doesn’t end — Even if the world burns down, I’ve just got to get this f***ing thing out!”