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Apparently Robert Pattinson has discovered the secret to quick success in film.

Pattinson, 22, previously best known as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, and soon to be best known for his leading role as the dazzling Edward Cullen in “Twilight”, stars in “How to Be” – an independent film currently showing only at film festivals.

Pattinson plays Art, a socially awkward failing musician going through a quarter-life crisis. Despite the departure from his typical supernaturally attractive characters, fangirls still flock in the thousands to see Rob play a normal guy (sub-normal, even). Twilight fans have been a big portion of the audiences viewing the movie on selected screens around the world.

One devoted Twilight follower, Liz Waters, the creator of, traveled from Indiana to Kentucky for the showing of “How to Be” at the Derby City Film Festival in Louisville, Ky. on October 11. She was not the only one making a trek to solely see “How to Be” — as tickets went on sale the week prior to the showing, the directors of the festival recognized the special interest and advertised a possible second showing of the film if demand was high enough. Liz claimed that many of the audience members were decked out in Twilight gear, which actually caused speculation from the festival directors that they had only come to see Rob’s “pretty face”.

For some, this might have been the case. Some probably came because they hoped Rob would be in attendance, like it has been announced that he will be in Austin, Texas on October 18. Some might have merely come because they had heard he called into the Rhode Island Film Festival and wanted to be in the same room as his voice. Unfortunately for those hopefuls at the Derby City Film Festival, Pattinson actually called the New Orleans Film Festival for a phone interview instead, which occurred on the same night.

Waters says, however, that she was not there to simply drool over her favorite Brit. “One of my favorite aspects of the movie was that there was not one single trace of Edward Cullen in Robert’s performance. … It is roles like these that allow us viewers to see how versatile and brilliant he truly is.”

While her comment may sound a bit biased, Pattinson is receiving recognition for his performance from more than just Twilight’s rabid fan base. He received his first international film award at the Strasbourg Film Festival: Best Actor in a Feature Film.

About The Author

Liz McClendon is a two-time graduate of Virginia Tech and now spends her time traversing the internet, where she writes and continues her seemingly everlasting quest to be gainfully employed.

25 Responses

  1. joanne

    Rob is a fantastic actor. I went a the first screening of his film Little Ashes in which he plays Salvador Dali and he was amazing. People have started to compare him to Johhny Depp because of his versatility and I totally agree. Twilight might get him a huge fanbase but its his work on these other fims that will show the wolrd that he is a formidable actor who is going to be the next Hollywood Superstar. He’s a very brave actor without any form of vanity of screen. It ensures we see hand crafted unique characters with no echo of any past performances. I think he’s an amazing actor.

  2. Skip

    EW also did a great review of Rob’s song on the twilight soundtrack,,20234282_10,00.html#pagecomments

    ROBERT PATTINSON, ”Never Think”
    I’m not going to pretend I didn’t immediately skip to this track the second I dropped the preview CD into my colleague’s Discman (yes, someone in our office still owns a Discman). After catching a quick bite of the beautiful Brit’s folksy Whisky a Go Go performance on YouTube, I was eager to hear what the thesp would do on his first bona fide recording. He did not disappoint. The delicate guitar and laid-back vocals (compared by some to a young Jeff Buckley) would be the perfect background to Edward and Bella’s post-fight reunion in the hospital. We may not be getting Pattinson’s version of ”Bella’s Lullaby,” but this track leaves me wanting for nothing — well, maybe a personal serenade.

    I’d love him to play Jeff Buckley in the new film being developed. He’d also be a great John Lennon (again new film being developed). Robert Smith or Marc Bolan.

  3. Ruth

    Thanks for giving How to be more PR. I love this film and want it to get a cinema release. I’m even more excited by Rob’s role as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes.

    The trailer isnt out yet but will soon be. Here’s the marker page for the film. The film wont be released till spring 2009. Such a long time to wait.

  4. Mrs. Edward Cullen

    Rob is an excellent actor! When I was watching this, I kept on forgeting that was Rob because he looks so different with long hair!

  5. Orlaah

    Pretty boy.

    It really makes me hate him, even if he’s a ‘good’ actor.
    all the buzz surrouding him right now is Over the Top.

  6. Jenbarn76

    Twilight has introduced many new people to Rob and his talents. I personally liked him before Twilight. He is a great actor and has a bright future. I personally can’t wait to see How to Be and Little Ashes.

  7. katrinka

    i forgot he played cedic diggory in the harry potter movies, i just like him so much i wish i could meet him for ones. he so funny, kristen sweart is lucky to play bella. i love her charcter. damn i wish i play bella. well got to go. love you all:)

  8. jenny

    ho0la bueno pues ami me encanta la pelicula de creppusculo
    la verdad es la mejor Qe visto(bueno hablndo de vampiros) ninguna otra pelicula me gusto mas Qe esa me imagino Qe co0mo0 ho0ii so0n lo0z mtv movie awards(04/06/09) se llevara 5 premios la verdad es la mejor pelicula Qe pude haber visto……
    ¡¡te amo robert pattison!!
    B&:jenny cullen de pattison
    jajaja xD
    jajaja jenny was here!and jenny rules!!!!bye peace!


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