Robert Pattinson opens up on how 'Twilight' changed his life
On the 21st November 2008, the best-selling book Twilight was adapted for the big screen, and it was a huge hit. While the many nay-sayers who had criticised the books came out in full force to mock and belittle the movie, it definitely connected with its target audience, with the other entries in the series receiving the Hollywood treatment soon after.
By time the final film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, hit the cinemas, it seemed that the cast were a little glad to leave it behind them. It's easy to imagine it can be exhausting being on press junkets talking about loved-up vampires and werewolves for for five or so years - and you can definitely tell it took its toll on actor Robert Pattinson, who played undead heartthrob Edward Cullen.
Pattinson had said enough enough negative things about the series that he made it onto our list of actors who absolutely hate the characters that they are famous for, but some of these comments are pretty damn entertaining to read. In fact, there's an entire tumblr blog dedicated to the times he mocked the series.
Pattinson, who referred to his technique as looking "slightly constipated and stoned," said of the character:
"He's the most ridiculous person... the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy. Plus he's a 108-year-old virgin so he's obviously got some issues there".
However, it seems that after a little time away from the series, which he's used to broaden his palette and appear in a variety of arthouse movies, he may have come to terms with the way it changed his career.
He was promoting his latest movie, Damsel, when he was asked about the original film - which is going to be ten years old later this year (feel old yet?). E! News asked, "It's been 10 years since Twilight, when you think back 10 years ago, what's one of your fondest memories from the film?"
Expressing shock that it had been ten years (you and me both, Rob), he answered, "the whole thing". He went on to say:
"That first movie was great. It was really, really fun.
"It was a massive turning point in my life. I had an entirely different life after. I wasn't entirely sure I was going to be an actor until after that movie so I'll always appreciate it."
I imagine Pattinson probably has some mixed feelings on the movie at this point in his career. After all, even if he isn't a fan of Edward Cullen or the love triangle he got tangled up - it definitely gave him a springboard to launch the rest of his career.
Who knows, by time the first Twilight movie becomes 20 years old, maybe the actor will straight up love it? Either way, the year will be 2028, and we could have seen two reboots of the teen romance by then.