Casting agents, a producer and an image expert weigh in on Robert Pattinson’s new look and tell HollywoodLife.com what cutting his signature luscious locks will do to his career!
Robert Pattinson almost gave us a heart attack when he showed off a freshly shaved head May 17. While we know that Rob chopped his locks for his upcoming role as a Depression-era circus veterinarian in Water For Elephants, we still miss his signature floppy vampire locks. But industry experts — including TV and film casting directors, a producer AND an image expert — tell us that R-Patz’s new look is a welcome change, and may actually HELP his career!
“Reinvention is almost as good as intervention for those grungy type of celebrities…ask Madonna (if you can get her down from the cross),” one LA-based television casting director tells HollywoodLife.com of the 24-year-old’s new cut. “I’d say with as many prepubescent girls are in love with him, he’d have a career if he became a unich. I’m sure if Robert did it, ‘dirty, bald vampire’ would be all the rage.”
A second casting director agrees. With or without his luscious locks, R-Patz will still be one of the most idolized heartthrobs in the world. “I think the bone structure makes the man,” she tells us. “His hair is great, but it’s not what is making him a star.”
On a more serious note, Lauren Lloyd, a producer, former casting director and creator of BigIsGood.TV, says Robert’s new haircut shows he’s passionate about his craft as an actor, and that he can certainly play other characters besides The Twilight Saga’s Edward Cullen. In fact, she thinks he may even be taken more seriously in the business now that he’s ditched the pretty boy ‘do!
“If he’s cutting his hair for a role, it shows that he’s committing to the role,” Lauren explains. “I think it’s a big move for him to say he’s an artist as opposed to just a teen beat kid.”
Whether or not we dig the new hairdo, it’s Rob’s quality of work that makes him so marketable, stresses Los Angeles-based image expert Michael Sands.
“By cutting his hair, he’s shedding his Twilight image and stepping into a new film,” Sands explains. “[Fans] should be concerned about whether or not the content is good. The new role is the most important thing. It’s not the aesthetics of how he looks.”
Don’t worry, Twi-hards! Water for Elephants starts filming in Los Angeles May 22, which gives Rob plenty of time to wrap this shoot and grow out his hair before Breaking Dawn starts production in Oct. Not all hair hope is lost!