SO SAD! '90210' Actor Matt Lanter Says He Was Almost Cast As Edward In 'Twilight,' But Wasn't 'Beautiful Enough!'

Mon, October 11, 2010 5:51pm EDT by 16 Comments

Matt Lanter is pretty attractive to us, but apparently the casting directors on Twilight didn’t think he was as much of a stud as Robert Pattinson!

The Twilight Saga has become the biggest franchise in the world, leaving 90201‘s Matt Lanter scratching his head and wishing he had a British accent and more of a chiseled jaw! The 27-year-old actor was up for the role of Edward Cullen, but lost out to R-Patz for a very petty — yet important — reason.

“I actually did [tryout] … and then Robert Pattinson got it,” Matt said on the talk show, Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer, Oct. 11, explaining, “[The casting director] said that I was not “hauntingly beautiful enough.”

Talk about harsh! Luckily, Matt wasn’t totally left out of the Twilight loop — he played Edward in the recently released spoof, Vampires Suck and dished with HollywoodLife.com exclusively about his experience.

“It was fun. I mean it was a weird, funny, wacky version of Edward, with the high hair and a
constipated look on the face all the time…and the much paler version,” he said to us at his Handprint Ceremony at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City on Oct. 7. “But it was fun. It’s such an iconic character now; it’s so huge!”

Despite losing out on the real Twilight, Matt says there aren’t any hard feelings.

“Oh, I’m Team Edward for SURE,” he said.

Who do YOU think is hotter: Robert Pattinson or Matt Lanter?

–Kirstin Benson, with reporting by Lindsey DiMattina

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roni

Posted at 2:43 AM on January 4, 2012  

lol thats kinda funny … Matt lanter is so much hotter and prettier than robert pattinson !!

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zerub saleem

Posted at 4:41 AM on November 15, 2011  

matt lanter is alwayz best and owsum thn , robert pattinson . .. . . . lovly 1 . . .. .

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isabella

Posted at 5:30 PM on November 29, 2010  

wow big mistake should have picked matt!

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mol

Posted at 8:56 PM on November 27, 2010  

Rob is THE hottest man ever.
Obviously Matt is hot, but come on. Its Rob Pattinson. He is like a real life god. <3

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Jenny

Posted at 6:15 AM on November 25, 2010  

Matt Lanter much more attractive!!!! He has very beatiful eyes!!! And body … mmm…sweet …

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nenu

Posted at 7:13 PM on November 24, 2010  

i’m sorry, robert pattinson is exactly THE MAN. he is the sexiest and funniest.. and the most important thing, is that he is always Rob.
he play the best Edward Cullen some one could ever play. and he can show that he didnt has to have THE BODY to play our dream man.
ROBERT PATTINSON ROCK!

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Jen

Posted at 5:28 PM on November 24, 2010  

Don’t worry, it wasn’t that close. Catherine Hardwicke said she auditioned 5,000 actors for the role before she found Rob. So Matt was probably in good company.

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irem

Posted at 7:13 AM on October 30, 2010  

I think robert has a bit more vampirey look..

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Tamara

Posted at 1:55 PM on October 18, 2010  

I’m sorry, Matt Lanter is more beautiful, has more body and is more cute
face.

1st: do not have the big nose robert
2de: Not as pale
3rd: have more body

Buu, there artas more things and qualities that have not tian Matt Lanter
Robert Pattinson

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marla

Posted at 8:19 AM on October 14, 2010  

Actor Matt Lanter is very beautiful but not EDUARD CULLEN enough

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Aj

Posted at 1:28 PM on October 12, 2010  

I’m sorry, but Robert still rocks it! :D

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mimi

Posted at 7:29 AM on October 12, 2010  

matt lanter is the best <3

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kelly

Posted at 1:07 AM on October 12, 2010  

i agree he does look like a pretty boy. plus he doesnt have robs amazing jaw line, personality, accent, or hair.

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renate

Posted at 10:05 PM on October 11, 2010  

we do not need a pretty Boy …..we need a loving sexy guy who doesn’t think his looks are going to buy him some P,,,<<<y . I need an Edward who sees me as the person I am

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Emil

Posted at 8:36 PM on October 11, 2010  

Too bad. He’s way hotter than Robert Pattinson.

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Emma

Posted at 6:14 PM on October 11, 2010  

When I read comments by these other actors it feels strange to know just how close Twilight came to not being a cultural phenomenon but just another movie. Thanks Catherine Hardwicke.

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