Robert Pattinson Said Some of His Past Roles ‘Got Boring’: Why He Plays Characters With ‘No Shame’

Robert Pattinson has proven to be a versatile actor who has tackled the blockbuster Twilight series as well as many smaller independent movie roles. He’s had a steady stream of acting credits and will star in one of the most highly anticipated films of 2021, The Batman. With the experience of playing such varied roles, he’s definitely learned something about the characters he likes to play.

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Pattinson shed light on the roles that are more interesting to play

The actor talked about his career in an interview for the June/July issue of GQ, explaining how some of his past roles became boring to him.

“For a long time I liked doing parts about insecurity, where the energy comes from insecurity,” Pattinson said. “And then it kind of got boring a little bit, so then I liked to basically play the opposite, which is people who have absolutely no shame and no fear afterwards. And then they were kind of people who are very much on the front foot, like, dynamically making decisions.”

He added, “It’s weird. If you keep playing parts, it actually does start to rub off on you afterwards. So if somehow you keep playing passive losers, you kind of do feel like one after a bit.”

Pattinson reached a point where he realized that people weren’t seeing the movies he loved. “And so it’s kind of this frightening thing, ’cause I don’t know how viable this is for a career,” he noted. “I don’t know how many people there actually are in the industry who are willing to back you without any commercial viability whatsoever.”

Pattinson shared his thoughts on ‘The Batman’

When asked about taking on the role of Batman, Pattinson shared his thoughts about what he will contribute to what he referred to as “a legacy part” that’s been played by other actors.

“You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version,” he explained. “And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening? And also, do I have anything inside me which would work if I could do it? And then also, it’s a legacy part, right? I like that.”

He added how the “pushback of anticipation” by those eager to see The Batman “energizes” him, comparing it to some of the roles he’s played that few people have seen. “It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right?,” he explained. “In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy. [laughs]”

He’s not into working out for a role

To prepare for The Batman, a trainer provided Pattinson with a Bosu ball and a weight in hopes he would continue training through the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. The actor said he isn’t putting any effort into it, however. “I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” he noted.

He continued, “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean — he wasn’t exactly ripped.”