Never underestimate the healing power of a pint of ice cream.
For Robert Pattinson's first television appearance since girlfriend Kristen Stewart admitted to and publicly apologized for her "indiscretion" with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart presented the actor with a carton of Ben & Jerry's and the calming reassurance that "we're just a couple of gals talking."
Pattinson, sporting stubble and a sharply tailored blue suit, laughed and seemed in good spirits despite the media attention that has followed him and his "Twilight" co-star since the incident came to light last month. However, the actor did decline the treat, joking, "I'm going to split my Spanx. I'm double-Spanxed."
And though Pattinson didn't speak about Stewart directly, he did acknowledge the rather prickly situation he's found himself in. "My biggest problem in my life is that I'm cheap, and I didn't hire a publicist," he said. "I'm going to hire a publicist."
While the playful back-and-forth between Pattinson and Stewart centered largely around his recent heartbreak, talk did eventually turn to Pattinson's upcoming movie "Cosmopolis," which he was there to support.
"Trying to explain what the movie is about is physically impossible," Pattinson said of the film based on Don DeLillo's novel and directed by David Cronenberg. "It's a very kind of eccentric — it's one of the only things I'll ever do where I can say I don't think this will ever be made again, or it hasn't been made before. Regardless of how people see it, at least it's something new."
Pattinson ended his segment with a challenge for the "Twilight" fans watching.
"If any 'Twilight' fans have tuned in, I genuinely want to make 'Cosmopolis' have a higher opening weekend than 'The Dark Knight [Rises],' " he said. "But the problem is, it's only opening in six cinemas. It's going to be a challenge. ... Just buy, like, eight tickets."
"Cosmopolis" opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday and goes wide August 24.
Pattinson is set to make several more appearances in support of "Cosmopolis," including a stop at MTV on Thursday, August 16, where he'll debut an exclusive clip from the film, followed by a 30-minute interview with Josh Horowitz on MTV.com. It all starts at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV. Tweet your questions to @mtvnews using the hashtag #AskRob.
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!