In just over a month, Robert Pattinson springs back into theaters and Twi-hard hearts as vampire Edward Cullen in “New Moon,” the second installment in the “Twilight” franchise.
Although the role has turned the British actor into a world-renowned hunk-du-jour, Robert isn’t yet comfortable with the attention that comes with not just fame… but fanaticism.
“To be honest, I still don’t really understand what’s going on,” he told Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald during a recent interview in France. “Like yesterday, I was having lunch down the road. We were in this place for a couple of hours and suddenly there was like 400 people outside on the street. It was just so nuts and it’s like that all the time now.”
Robert said the second film, however, which stars the ab-tastic Taylor Lautner as werewolf Jacob Black, might retune some of the attention he gets, since he’s not the star.
“I’m not the lead in the second film. Taylor is,” he said. “I appear in Bella’s dreams. So I’m in it but the focus is not on me… I’m more of a supporting role in this one, which is why I felt so free…I don’t have to hold the movie or worry about the fans. I think I did it better without all those pressures.”
Another thing the actor doesn’t have to worry about is feeling too attached to the film musically. While he appeared on the first film’s soundtrack, Robert lets bands like Death Cab for Cutie take the lead this time around.
“When the first film came out I felt like a complete tosser,” he told the paper of his music’s appearance on the CD. “It looked like I was trying to be cool or something, like Eminem. You know, be in a movie and then do a song for the soundtrack. But I didn’t look cool, I just looked ridiculous.”
But while the soundtrack was uncomfortable, Robert isn’t planning to hang up his microphone any time soon. He recently showed off his singing chops when he karaoke-d with Hugh Jackman, whom he will star with in “Unbound Captives,” while in Japan.
“We went karaoke singing,” Robert recounted. “We were singing Abba songs, it was pretty funny. It was sort of an Abba song sing-off, you know, last man standing.”