Robert Pattinson Says He Has a “Deep, Deep Fear of Humiliation” When Taking on Movie Roles

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By Joshephira Honey

Robert Pattinson is opening up about what he takes into consideration before accepting a movie role.

During a recent conversation with comedian Jordan Firstman for Interview magazine, the actor was asked if he ever had a project that he was just “not into at all.”

In response, Pattinson said, “Not really” but explained that he actually has a fear of not being able to fully commit to a role and give it his all, which is something he has to think about before deciding to play a part.

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“I have a deep, deep fear of humiliation,” he said. “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.”

The Twilight star has previously spoken about the anxiety he has surrounding his career and the pressure to remain relevant in Hollywood. While he loves doing indie movies, he told GQ magazine in 2020 that he came to the realization that he wanted more security after starting the year off with no jobs lined up.

“The problem which I was finding was, however much I loved the [indie] movies I was doing, no one sees them,” he told the outlet at the time. “And so it’s kind of this frightening thing, ’cause I don’t know how viable this is for a career. … I don’t know how many people there actually are in the industry who are willing to back you without any commercial viability whatsoever.”

Now, years later, the idea of finding his place in Hollywood, or society in general, is still on Pattinson’s mind.

“I’m constantly thinking that you’re just going to spend the vast majority of your life unemployed and desperate and kind of feeling like you’re a total failure,” he told Firstman. “I think that’s just what life is.”

The actor added, “I feel like you’re specifically at a maximum most of the time you’re doing a job, and you’re employed for three months. That’s the most stressful thing in the world.”

Though Pattinson may feel that way, he has definitely made a name for himself in the industry, from starring in indie projects such as The Lighthouse, Tenet and Damsel to taking on the role of Batman in Matt Reeves’ 2022 film.


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