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Star File: Robert Pattinson

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This young man is finding his way in to Hollywood heights since his breakthrough performance in the 'Twilight Saga'.

Let's take a closer look at the life and career of Robert Pattinson..

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This young man is finding his way in to Hollywood heights since his breakthrough performance in the Twilight Saga.

Let's take a closer look at the life and career of Robert Pattinson Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born on the 13th of May 1986 in London, England.

As a young boy he enjoyed a brief modelling career and got involved in amateur theater.

It wasn't long before he was spotted by an acting agent, who thought Robert's good looks and natural charisma would be well suited to the big screen.

After a couple of low key movie appearances, 19 year old Pattinson landed a part in 'Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire', where he played Hufflepuff prefect Cedric Diggory.

The British media highlighted Pattinson's performance, singling him out as "The British Star of Tomorrow", and "the next Jude Law".

But it would take him another four years to make his big breakthrough in the vampire drama 'Twilight'.

Based on the hugely popular book series by Stephenie Meyer, Robert found quite a few similarities between himself and his character, the vampire Edward Cullen.

Quote: Robert Pattinson "Don't really like going out in the daytime.

Don't really like sleeping too much.

Uh… yeah I guess there's tons of things.

I'm not really a big fan of biting people though." 'Twilight' became a massive blockbuster and Robert, virtually overnight, was transformed into a major Hollywood star.

Quote: Robert Pattinson "PATTINSON: Just don't think about it.

Try not to think about it as much as you can.

INTERVIEWER: How overwhelmed are you?

PATTINSON: Very, very, very." With his offscreen romance with costar Kristen Stewart also gaining media attention, and with a rapidly growing teen fan base, by the time the second 'Twilight' film, 'New Moon', hit cinemas in 2009, the attention had reached fever pitch.

Quote: Robert Pattinson "It's kind of… no, it's crazy.

To think that there are kind of… people like waiting everywhere around watching this.

I mean it's funny.

No, I wouldn't have imagined it at all." With more 'Twilight' films on the way, Pattinson eventually understood that the hype was here to stay and adapted a more philosophical approach to all the chaos.

Quote: Robert Pattinson "You can't really complain about it.

If you start thinking negatively about it then you go crazy and so… I mean, a couple of months ago I was going a little bit nuts, I mean I was kind of getting a little bit paranoid.

But um… I guess now you just sort of learn ways to deal with things.

I mean anything which is so profoundly different, when it's new is quite difficult to deal with… and understand.

But I mean I guess I'm coming to terms with it." There was though one major perk that came from achieving such amazing success.

Quote: Robert Pattinson "It's definitely nice being able to start… to sort of finance projects which otherwise wouldn't be financed, like things which just interest me personally.

I mean it's great to have that much control over your own career." Back in 'Twilight' land, the release of the third film, 'Eclipse' was following a by now familiar trend.

A massive success at the box office but increasingly negative reviews from the critics.

Pattinson was becoming more and more comfortable in the skin of his character… In 2011 he received better reviews opposite Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in 'Water For Elephants'.

The challenges of working on the film were certainly different from the average 'Twilight' experience.

Quote: Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon "PATTINSON: Having wild animals in every scene.

It's like there's always something going on.

WITHERSPOON: Yeah we didn't know what they were gonna do at any given moment, if they'd like break off their harnesses and run away." In early 2012 Pattinson experienced his first major failure with the costume drama 'Bel Ami'.

Stretching his acting muscles, Rob entered fresh territory playing an amoral womanizer… …but sadly, the movie was a box office flop that received, to put it politely, somewhat unkind reviews.

The remainder of 2012 was to turn out far from usual, however.

First, in a brave move, Robert went for something totally different by signing on for a new David Cronenberg drama called 'Cosmopolis'.

The movie got a mixed reception although Pattinson's performance was praised as the most mature of his career.

Premiering the film at the Cannes Film Festival, Robert felt that this time the stakes were really high.

With the 'Twilight' franchise now firmly behind him, in 2014 he re-teamed with Cronenberg and they returned to Cannes with the twisted love letter to the movie industry, 'Maps to the Stars', in which Rob's limo driver shared a steamy sex scene with Julianne Moore.

Quote: Robert Pattinson & Julianne Moore "PATTINSON: It was a lovely experience.

Just extremely sweaty.

MOORE: C'est sublime." The following year, Pattinson gave another smart performance as 1950s Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock, in Dutch director Anton Corbijn's movie 'Life', which chronicles the friendship between Stock and legendary actor James Dean.

In 2017, he was once again to be found making the rounds of the world's film festivals, promoting the adventure movie 'The Lost City of Z'.

Quote: Robert Pattinson "I mean in all honesty the reason I had the beard in the first place was because I was growing it because the real character had a really big moustache and I couldn't face just having a moustache for like six months, so I grew a beard and then James really liked it afterwards.

But I liked the look of it anyway.

It makes me look kind of the opposite of Charlie because Charlie is so slick in this movie." Still very much a young man finding his way in Hollywood, screaming girls, film critics and movie lovers all over the world will be keeping their eyes peeled to see how Robert Pattinson's career unfolds from here.

TITLES Robert Pattinson - Actor Reese Witherspoon - Actress

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