Robert Pattinson Talks ‘Bel Ami’ And Says He’s Too Old to Return to Twilight

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

At the premiere for his upcoming film Bel Ami this week, Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson told Reuters that he would be too old to play his vampire character Edward Cullen again if Stephenie Meyer was to write a fifth novel.

Making his first appearance as the ever-youthful vampire back in 2008, when Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment released the first out of five films to be adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novels, Pattinson has since a big name for himself.

Playing the lead character as the love interest of Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga has to date earned around $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office already, and is to see its final instalment, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, to be released later this year on 16th November.

Whilst Breaking Dawn is the final novel in the Meyer’s novel series, which on the big screen was split into two films, Pattinson was asked if he would reprise his role if he was given he chance to.

Talking at the Bel Ami premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this week, the 25-year-old British actor commented that, “I’d be curious what Stephenie would write, but I just think I’d probably be too old. I’m already too old. But yeah, it’d be kind of interesting.”

Whilst Pattinson is mainly known for his role in Twilight, he has also had a couple of other successful roles in films such as Allen Coulter’s 2010 romantic drama Remember Me and Francis Lawrence’s Water For Elephants. With his upcoming role in Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s period drama Bel Ami, as well, there’s no doubt that there’s still much more work out there for his versatile acting.

Also adapted from a novel, Bel Ami is based on the novel on the same name written by Guy de Maupassant. Starring alongside Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Kristin Scott Thomas, Pattinson plays the character of George Duroy, a penniless ex-soldier, as the film chronicles his rise to power through his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women.

His role here is a big contrast to that of what we are used to with vampire Edward Cullen, but it is in these roles that he excesses in as he appeals to a much wider audience. “The character of Georges rarely comes up in any movies any more, because he’s unrepentant,” he said. “It was quite fun playing that and I don’t think I’ll ever have the opportunity to play him again.”

Despite the contrast, Pattinson also commented that he hoped to bring some of his fiercely loyal Twilight fan base with him to see Bel Ami. “The biggest disservice you can do to your audience is trying to repeat the same thing and get them to come just to get money or whatever.

“But if people are interested in what you are doing, then if you try and do interesting films on interesting subjects then I think it’s great.”

Aside from seeing Pattinson in the final Twilight film in November, Bel Ami is set to be released on 2nd March and he is also set to star in David Cronenberg’s upcoming drama Cosmopolis, which follows a multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan.

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