It's hard to pass a newsstand nowadays without the brooding eyes and perfectly unkempt mane of "It" guy Robert Pattinson staring back at you. Rabid fans know him as vampire Edward Cullen from the movie "Twilight" and its upcoming sequel "New Moon," but the British actor says he's never been in the biz to gain notoriety.
"I don't want to be an actor for the sake of it," he told the U.K.'s AnOther Man. "I don't find any particular pleasure in being an attention-seeker."
The 23-year-old actor graces the latest cover of the men's fashion biannual, themed around heroes and villains. In a pictorial shot by Hedi Slimane and styled by Nicola Formichetti, Pattinson appears very James Dean-esque, donning a leather jacket while executing one of his signature hair tousles.
It's hard to believe with the meteoric success of the "Twilight" franchise — from the best-selling books to the nearly $200 million-grossing film — that Pattinson couldn't even buy a copy of the novel before his audition. "It's strange because even though the figures show that the books were successful and sold millions of copies, you couldn't even buy them in London," Pattinson said. "I tried a couple of bookshops and they weren't available. Hardly anyone I knew had read them apart from one girl, a friend of my sister."
Even after filming wrapped in Vancouver, few realized just how big the vampire love story would be. "I don't think even the production company had any idea the extent of the success they had on their hands until the weekend of its release," Pattinson said.
Pattinson, who calls acting "the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," has a few upcoming projects that don't involve fake blood and colored contact lenses, including 2010's "Remember Me" alongside Pierce Brosnan and "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin. But the actor says he feels surprisingly ill-suited for most projects. "Annoyingly, there are so few parts I feel I can add anything to, or that I want to do," he said.
The AnOther Man issue with Robert Pattinson on the cover hits U.K. newsstands October 1 and lands stateside on October 19.
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