You may have missed it in the feverish "Maps To The Stars"/"The Rover"/Cannes buzz, but in early May, Robert Pattinson revealed that he might make a movie with Harmony Korine. There weren’t many details at the time, but a few more nuggets have been revealed, and evidence suggests the sort of unlikely project Korine has made his name on.
In a recent profile in Esquire UK, Korine mentioned writing a Miami-set gangster movie for Pattinson. Could this be the Southern Gothic crime family picture Korine announced in early 2013? It’s very likely they are one and the same. Credit Pattinson for making this happen, as he reportedly called Korine out of the blue, and the next thing you know they were working together. Should any such project come to pass, it would seem indicative of the actor’s emerging modus operandi.
“I never went to acting school, so this is just me trying to get better," he said of his diverse choices, adding: “I’ve literally only done jobs which interest me. There have been two which I auditioned for and didn’t get, but other than that…” And Pattinson says he’s reluctant to get involved with big franchise films.
"A couple of offers, but with those things, if you express any interest, you have to do a screen test or whatever, and they make you sign a six-picture deal before you even know what the part is. It’s crazy. And I didn’t grow up reading comic books and stuff, so…” he explained.
Pattinson has more projects in development, including the previously announced "Childhood Of A Leader." The film is helmed by writer/director/actor Brady Corbet, although production has been delayed. “It’s about the youth of a future dictator in the Thirties,” Pattinson said. “Like an amalgamation of Hitler, Mussolini and some others. I don’t want to jinx it, but Brady is like a savant of film. I’ve known him for like eight years, and he’s only 25 now.”
Pattinson is only 28, and if he keeps making choices like these, he’ll be putting together one of the most fascinating filmographies of anyone his age.