The glory days are over. Rob’s new rugged movie roles have made it very hard to remember him as Edward Cullen, and apparently that’s the point!
A troubled Western star, a military interrogator, a limo driver lothario — these are just some of Robert Pattinson’s latest movie roles, and they’re about as far away as you can get from his role as a romantic vampire in the Twilight saga. Is Rob trying to completely abandon that part of his life, Kristen Stewart included?
Robert Pattinson: No Longer A ‘Twilight’ Poster Boy
Romain Gavras, who directed Rob in the ultra-sexy Dior campaign commercial, talked about how the 27-year-old is consciously trying to move on from his teen heartthrob days.
“Rob is extremely curious,” Romain told Italian magazine Io Donna. “He is leaving the phase of Twilight “poster boy” to play more mature roles. He’s already making interesting choices.”
Considering the bold and against-type movies like The Rover and Mission: Blacklist that Rob is now tackling, it’s hard to disagree with Romain. But there’s a difference between naturally evolving and conscientiously overhauling your persona, so why does Rob seem to be doing the latter?
Robert Pattinson: Why Is He Running Away From ‘Twilight’?
Well, on a personal level, Twilight was the thing that brought him and Kristen together, and kept them going. “When Kristen and Rob were filming the Twilight series, this was where they fell in love,” a source told HollywoodLife.com exclusively on May 28. After going through a cheating scandal and a bad breakup, Rob likely wants to distance himself with anything and everything that reminds him of that bittersweet episode.
Also, as much as Twi-hards may want to think of Rob as Edward Cullen, the fact is that’s not who he is — that’s not who he ever was. Rob once explained being a part of the Twilight saga as “gradually being put more and more into smaller and smaller boxes,” so clearly he’s been thinking about breaking out in a different way for a long time.
But we just can’t let go of Edward! Can you, HollywoodLifers?
— Andrew Gruttadaro