"Rob, he's popular," says Cronenberg with deadpan understatement.
"I couldn't have cast Rob without 'Twilight' just as I couldn't have cast Viggo (Mortensen) without 'Lord of the Rings,'" says the director whose previous three films — "A History of Violence," ''Eastern Promises," ''A Dangerous Method" — starred Mortensen. "The fact that somebody who has clout is willing to do a movie that's difficult is a gift to a director because you're not only getting the right guy as an actor, but you're getting financing interest and you get to make the movie. This is not an easy movie to get made."
Pattinson seems energized by the freedom of choice in front of him following the final "Twilight" installment, which will be released in November. He's lined up parts in gritty films far from blockbuster size: "Mission: Black List," a military thriller, and "The Rover" by Australian director David Michod ("Animal Kingdom"), a role he says he fought for more than any before.
Embarking on "Cosmopolis" appears to have been a process of letting go for Pattinson — of self-awareness, of worry, of fear. Asked if he now feels certain he's an actor, he quickly replies, "No."
"As soon as you start existing in a certain world, you feel like you have tremendous amount of baggage all the time," he says. "You get stuck in this rut where you want people to think you're something else, but you're too scared to do what that is to actually be the other person.
"Then you get a gift like this movie where it's way easier than I thought it was," he says. "You just do it. It doesn't really matter if you fail."
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