Robert Pattinson Insists He’s ‘Just A Pawn’ In ‘Cosmopolis’

Hear more from the actor during 'MTV First: Robert Pattinson' on Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com!

It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally going to see Robert Pattinson tackle his most adult and challenging role yet in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis.”

Based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name, the action-packed thriller and #1 most-anticipated movie in our MTV Movie Brawl follows a day in the life of young billionaire financier Eric Packer (Pattinson) in the not-too-distant future as he’s chauffeured through Manhattan on his way to get a haircut and his world is falling apart around him.

When MTV News caught up with Pattinson at the film’s New York premiere Monday (August 13), we asked how he felt about the pressure of carrying the film in the lead role.

“It’s on David!” Pattinson said, putting all the credit (and blame) with his director. “I keep trying to say, ‘It’s his movie, it’s not my movie. I’m just a pawn in it!’ It was kind of scary at the beginning. It was also good that no one had too big a part so I couldn’t be too confident,” he joked, trying to undersell his performance and significant amount of screen time. “But I had many chances to redeem myself throughout the movie.”

Speaking to expected comparisons between his work in the very adult and heady “Cosmopolis” versus his career-igniting role in the “Twilight” franchise, Pattinson said he hopes his latest movie helps inspire artistic discussions about both films.

“I think the sort of cultural relevance of being in ‘Twilight’ and coming through that, I was always afraid of it before, like being in an overwhelming movie, but I think it makes it more interesting and sort of creates a lens to look at it,” he said. “Maybe it will be cool.”

“Cosmopolis” also stars Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, K’Naan, Emily Hampshire, Samantha Morton and Paul Giamatti and opens everywhere Friday.

Don’t forget to tune in to MTV First: Robert Pattinson on MTV and MTV.com at 7:49 p.m. ET. on Thursday, August 16, to hear everything Pattinson has to say about making the film and see an exclusive “Cosmopolis” clip!