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And no actor is dazzling the studios quite like freshly minted heartthrob
Surely, the 22-year-old Pattinson could take the road of Ben Affleck, Eric Bana, Tobey Maguire and others by using his newfound fame to land a high-paying gig as a superhero. He's even said in the past that he would love to play Gambit in an "X-Men" movie, which Hollywood is coincidentally enough attempting to put together at this very moment.
Or the star could go the route of actors like
"I think if I did it, I'd do it under a different name and not promote it. ... Maybe I could just do it under 'Edward Cullen,' and we'll see what happens," Rob laughed when we asked him recently if he would ever put out a full-length album. "That would be pretty obvious. But, maybe? I don't like to look like I'm cashing in on stuff, so I probably won't do it for a while. I'm not really interested in having a music career. I don't care if people buy my stuff or not."
Instead, Pattinson will pass the time until "New Moon" by taking meetings and carefully selecting his next project. And his fans can bide their time with a few small films he already has in the proverbial can.
"I did it before 'Twilight,' and I assume it will come out at some point next year," he said recently when we asked him about "Little Ashes," a movie about the early days of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. "It's a tiny, tiny movie, and I don't know what would have happened [to it] if 'Twilight' hadn't happened."
Remembering that shoot opposite young actors Javier Beltran and Matthew McNulty, Pattinson said "Ashes" taught him several lessons he'd eventually bring to his work as Edward Cullen. "It was the first job I had where I had an opportunity to really obsess over something, and I brought that mentality into 'Twilight,' doing that as well. When I was working in Spain doing ['Ashes'], no one spoke English. I was the only one that spoke English on the whole set most of the time. So all I did was read about Dalí and just think about the script a lot. ... I realized that if you fight enough to find what the story is, it will start to form how you want it to form. So many actors are so subservient to their directors, they forget they are human beings — a director can't know everything."
The 2009 flick might also raise eyebrows among Pattinson's devout female fanbase, as it depicts a love affair between Pattinson's Dalí and Beltran's Federico García Lorca. "There was tons and tons of letters. There's a book of letters between Lorca and Dalí, where they make obvious references to their relationship, which is obviously more than just a friendship," Pattinson said. "Dalí says, like, 'Lorca tried to have sex with me.' ... It's a very complicated script, and before anyone would see it, I recommend that you read a biography of Dalí. Otherwise, you wouldn't get too much out of it."
Also sometime in early 2009, audiences may finally have the opportunity to see "How to Be," a tiny film in which Pattinson stars as an introspective young man seeking to better himself by hiring his own personal life coach. Co-starring Rebecca Pidgeon ("Redbelt"), the film has been making the rounds at film festivals all year, most recently making a stop at the Lone Star International Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas.
Beyond those two films, Pattinson is due to wrap up his "Twilight" media blitz by taking a brief respite over the holidays and then reporting to work on "Parts Per Billion," a drama that will put him alongside heavy-hitters such as Dennis Hopper, Rosario Dawson and fast-rising
This much, however, is certain: Wherever RPattz's career leads, he now has tens of millions of new fans who'll be watching.
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