Robert Pattinson is opening up about what goes through his head once a project of his has wrapped.
During a recent conversation with his The Batman co-star Barry Keoghan for Wonderland magazine, the Twilight star asked him if he still feels connected to his films once they’re done.
For Pattinson, he said, “I used to really struggle to watch myself. Now, once it’s finished, I feel quite disconnected. I mean, not disconnected in a bad way, but it’s kind of like if…”
The Saltburn actor noted that he feels “just drained” and that once a movie is “done, I’m done.” Keoghan explained, “I try to give what I gave on the first day, on the last day. I always try to keep that in mind and that’s what, playing the lead for the first time, I was like I’m gonna give the exact same energy I gave on the first day for the last day. Just give it my all, because sometimes, you know the end is coming and you can kind of be half in, half out. But that scene may fall in the middle of the movie.”
On the other end, when initially going into a project, Pattinson said, “I almost get more nervous when I don’t feel nervous.”
“That’s why whenever I start a new job… I mean it doesn’t really help that I’m hardly doing any jobs at the moment, because I wish I was doing more,” the Water for Elephants actor said during the conversation that was conducted before the actors strike ended. “I just feel like now I’m back to the start again. I know the next time I do something, I’ll be like, I can’t remember how to do any of this stuff. It’s kind of nice to go into it as an amateur every time and be like, ‘This is a huge mountain to climb.’ It’s like being a total fake again.”
Keoghan proceeded to chime in, saying he feels “being familiar with this stuff is dangerous because you kind of lose spontaneity.”
“The nice thing about the job as well, in general, is that if something worked in a previous movie and you’re like, ‘Oh everyone said that was good’ and instinctively you go, well, everyone liked that – I want to do that again,” Pattinson continued. “And then next time round, everyone just says it’s shit and you’re like, what the fuck? … You’re forced into reinvention.”
In September, during a conversation with comedian Jordan Firstman for Interview magazine, Pattinson revealed that he actually has a fear of not being able to fully commit to a role and give it his all.
“I have a deep, deep fear of humiliation,” he said at the time. “And also, you sort of know it’s down to you. You can say it’s a shitty script or the director’s a dick or blah, blah, blah, but at the end of the day, no one’s going to care about the reasons. You’re the one who everyone’s going to say is lame. And the vast majority of people will say you’re lame even when you tried your best.”