Want To Know Why Robert Pattinson Was ‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke’s Leading Man?

“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke’s search for her Edward was a tough one. It’s not like Robert Pattinson was really a known quantity in Hollywood before he landed the role. In the video below, Hardwicke reveals to MTV’s Tim Kash the initially negative response she received after casting Pattinson.

And now he’s RPattz: Twilighter heartthrob and heavy favorite to win for Best Breakthrough Male Performance on Sunday at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Crazy, right? Tune in at 9pm EST to see the results, and click here to watch the rest of our interview with Catherine Hardwicke.