Directed by Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland, The Sopranos), Robert Pattinson stars in the new romantic drama, Remember Me, the story of two young NYU students from very different worlds, whose summer romance leads to unanticipated revelations about their lives.
Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin, Emilie de Ravin and Academy Award winner Chris Cooper co-star in this heart-rending meditation on the human condition, the pursuit of meaning, and the transformative power of love.
Suzy Belton: What made you say yes to Remember Me?
Robert Pattinson: Tyler [Hawkins, the college student he plays] wasn't really coming from an obvious place and wasn't ending up in an obvious place either, so it gave you much more to work with, and it could be more of a character piece.
SB: With Remember Me, were there certain aspects of the character you could empathise with? He's a guy who likes to do his own thing ...
rP: Yeah, in a lot of ways. I saw right from the beginning that he was quite similar to me, and I kind of tried to tailor it to be even more similar, but then the more I tailored it, the more it became a fictional creation.
SB: Would you ever stand up for yourself to the point where you are going to fight with authority, like the character?
rP: That's one of the main things I liked about it; there are certain things which are like fantasy scenes of mine... he fights like a pitbull, and I was just like: "Yeah, I want to fight like a pitbull!"
SB: Were you at all intimidated by Pierce Brosnan in real life?
rP: I went to meet him for dinner just before we started shooting, and he's a really nice guy. He's kind of suave and he does look exactly the same all the time. He has great posture. He does this funny thing when we're out at a restaurant and there are people looking over at him, and it's a kind of posh French restaurant so there are a lot of older, banker-type looking people and they obviously had no idea who I was, and they were obviously just looking at him and making a little joke or whatever, and he goes up to their table and introduces himself to everybody at that table, and you can see that they all really like him -- I don't know what he said. He was introducing me as his son to people [laughs].
SB: Did this role feel very different from the other roles that you have played?
rP: Yeah, definitely, there's certain things about it; you can improvise quite a lot more, especially in comparison to the Twilight films. It's the first time I played somebody who is just a normal guy without some kind of social inadequacy.
SB: When will you shoot the last Twilight movie?
rP: I think I'm going to have to do Breaking Dawn at the end of this year.
SB: What's your best disguise in order to be able to walk down Oxford Street?
rP: Biting your nails works quite well! Actually, I was in HMV on Oxford Street on Christmas Eve buying presents, and not a single person noticed. And there were posters [Twilight and New Moon] everywhere!
SB: How do you deal with fame?
rP: I just try to keep working. Even ten years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio always talked about being able to take a break away from everything, but I don't think you can do that anymore. I think you need to capitalise [on] and steer your career... especially with a thing like Twilight, where it is such a huge universe.
SB: Is it a burden to you?
rP: It opens doors and it closes others, like anything does. You can say, 'Oh if I was still unknown, then no one would judge me', but at the same time, nobody would give a shit either [laughs].
It's a weird little balance. And most of the time, you are just completely guessing what you should do next, so I guess I'm just doing scripts that I think are good.
SB: Did the Twilight fans make shooting Remember Me in New York quite difficult?
rP: They were lovely. The paparazzi were like jackals.
SB: You said that you'd never asked a girl on a date like Tyler does. Is that more difficult now you're famous?
rP: Yeah, I would imagine. I'm much more self-conscious now because you can't afford to, like fail. You're kind of afraid of succeeding too, so you just kind of, you know... anyway you look at it ... HQ
Remember Me opens on April 2nd