Robert Pattinson Talks Body Image Issues, Deepfakes, And His Hatred Of Public Dancing In ES Magazine
The mention of Robert Pattinson‘s name used to invoke mental images of a pasty gray vampire hopelessly devoted to doing a bit of horny high school neckin’ with Kristen Stewart in the Twilight franchise. However, those days are long gone because RPatzz is now a seeeerious act-TOUR! Although he’s been receiving critical praise for his performance in The Batman (with a sequel in the works) RPattz wants everyone to know he’s still not into the fame thing, supposedly. And in a new interview with the UK’s Evening Standard, he discusses the ugly side of success, which includes his reluctance to be a sex symbol as well as his hatred of dancing in public like the second coming of Elaine Benes. And being deepfaked.
This interview would be incomplete without RPattz peddling Dior Homme, and that’s what he did when talking about dancing in one of their ads:
‘I thought I’d broken my curse when I did that scene [it involves Pattinson performing an exuberant, freewheeling shimmy]. But then I went to a party a few weeks later — thinking I’m like Billy Elliot and as soon as I took one step on to the dance floor had one of the biggest panic attacks of my life. You know when you think you’re that guy and then suddenly, you’re just brutally humbled. Yeah, it felt like my dad had just caught me joy riding a car. I went cold; I think I left the party after that.’ Pattinson has spoken in the past about the fact that he’s uncomfortable with being the centre of attention, and he doesn’t like crowds.
Here’s the Dior ad where RPattz embodies the sexiest piece of spaghetti on anyone’s plate.
“maybe I’m not the best dancer in the world but I won a victory! – Robert Pattinson on Dior Homme ad dancing scene pic.twitter.com/mTpOX8B17Y
— RoBat (@Monsieur_HJ) February 28, 2020
And I guess it could be worse; they could’ve used his deepfake from HELL, which RPattz says is “terrifying. The amount of people who know me quite well and will still be like, ‘Why are you doing these weird dancing videos on TikTok?’ It’s really bizarre. You just realize that we’re two years away from it being indistinguishable from reality — and what on Earth am I going to do as a job then?”
Perhaps his rhythmless approach to dancing comes from his lack of body image issues. Of course, RPatzz understands that looking good is a huge part of acting. But he says he monitors himself in a way where he doesn’t succumb to the pressure.
In the past Pattinson has spoken about resisting the pressure to get ripped for his roles, including Batman. It was a joke, he says (‘although I got in so much trouble for saying that I don’t work out, even from my trainer, who was like, “Why would you say that?”’) but it certainly hints at his discomfort with being viewed as a sex symbol. It’s also, he points out, ‘quite embarrassing when you get into a pattern of answering questions about your workout because there’ll always be a guy who’s in better shape than you.’
‘And it’s very, very easy to fall into that pattern as well, even if you’re just watching your calorie intake, it’s extraordinarily addictive — and you don’t quite realise how insidious it is until it’s too late.’ Pattinson says he has never struggled with body image, ‘but I have basically tried every fad you can think of, everything except consistency. I once ate nothing but potatoes for two weeks, as a detox. Just boiled potatoes and Himalayan pink salt. Apparently it’s a cleanse… you definitely lose weight.
Since we know RPatzz lies in his interviews let’s hope he’s being truthful. That is, until a video of him doing the Wobble with free weights at the gym surfaces. Then all bets are off after that.
Here’s more of RPattz in ES Magazine:
Pics: Louie Banks/ES Magazine