On 'The Daily Show' Last Night, Robert Pattinson Was Painfully Charming In His First Interview Since His Break-Up with Kristen Stewart
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On The Daily Show Last Night, Robert Pattinson Was Painfully Charming In His First Interview Since His Break-Up with Kristen Stewart

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 14, 2012 | Comments ()

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I'll just say this: I think this was the first full interview I've ever seen with Pattinson, which made the English accent somewhat jarring. However, he was charming, goofy, and a little snorty. I hope to God he doesn't become the next Charming Potato: A guy we loathe that slowly ingratiates himself, because after this post and after this interview, he's definitely growing on me.

Here are the highlights from Robert Pattinson's first interview since his break-up with Kristen Stewart following her affair with her Rupert Sanders.

  • There was Ben & Jerry's. Stewart began the interview by bringing out a couple of pints of ice cream. "We're just two gals talking." Then later, "I just thought we could talk about, you know, 'Boy, you are better off, kick her to the curb."

  • Pattinson revealed that "my biggest problem in my life is that I'm cheap, and I didn't hire a publicist. And in every awkward interview," he doesn't have a script, like other actors. Pattinson acknowledged a need to hire a publicist.

    The "real issues" of the world are Twilight, so said Pattinson sarcastically.

  • Stewart: "When you're young and you break-up, it feels like the world is ending. This is the first time I've ever seen the world actually act that way ... here's my wish for you. That you get to handle your business in private."

  • The rest of the interview was about Pattinson's new film, Cosmopolis, which even Stewart acknowledged that no one who tuned in cared about.

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  • Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

    • David Sorenson

      Son of a bitch! I had a perfectly good cold black hatred going on for Robert Pattinson and you bastards had to spoil it! I hope you're all very proud of yourselves.

    • laylaness

      He'll always be Cedric Diggory to me.

    • Bandit

      I'm sure Pattinson is a nice guy; polite, charming and lovely all round. However, there is no need for him in the acting world. He doesn't offer anything unique and he is not that talented or charismatic on screen. He has no reason. Although, the same argument can be made for a lot of actors I guess...

    • coldblackheart

      Face it, there is no such thing as wrecking a happy home. This home was wrecked long before KStew arrived.

    • calliope1975

      I was charmed. He seems like a decent, personable kid who got sucked into the Twilight death machine. Jon was great with him.
      I think going on The Daily Show first was the best way to kick off his press tour. Heaven knows how the vultures of every morning show or entertainment program will treat the guy.

    • e jerry powell

      growing on you....

      ...like a fungus.

    • ,

      I know these are actual human beings with, presumably, actual human feelings, and that cheatings and breakups and whatnot still hurt a little, especially when you're young and don't have the vantage point of 40 or 50 years to look back on for context, but somehow I don't think it hurts QUITE as much when you have millions in the bank and a line of primo young tail (and probably more than a few primo "Twilight" MILFs) outside the door everywhere you go, willing to assuage your hurt feelings in amazing and possibly illegal in most Southern states ways.*

      I expect him to be photographed on the beach with a 38-24-36 in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

      *--I'm sorry, ladies, but one summer long ago I hung around some major-league baseball players, and the astonishing-looking women who waited outside the clubhouse after games hoping to snag a paycheck did little to elevate my opinion of womanhood in general, which I should note remains pretty high. Just my observation of my observations.

    • alwaysanswerb

      I didn't downvote you, but to be fair, a statement like "[...] did nothing to elevate my opinion of women in general" is inflammatory and kind of useless, even if you qualify it with a "but women are actually totes cool for real" later.

      I found myself in the vicinity of a few fraternity houses in college, but I'm not about to extrapolate that to men in general, not even for a second, not even in a halfhearted throwaway comment on the internet.

    • piedlourde

      Ding ding ding! Nail on the head.

    • ,

      A downvote? Really? Is that for my opinion about Pattinson or about women, whom I (mostly) hold in very high regard?

      Am I supposed to feel sorry for this guy? Am I supposed to "like" him? Why? Where was he when girlfriends dumped me? (Granted, that was 30-some years ago.) Nobody invited me to be go TV to talk about it.

      Lots of people we could like and sympathize with who didn't become multimillionaires adored by millions of women by playing "Let's pretend." I have little empathy for them, why should I feel anything for him?

    • Puddin

      Clearly you offended the small but powerful wannabe gold digger/star f*cker demographic of Pajiba.

    • hapl0

      Or maybe the downvotes are from people who don't think Rob is another pitbull with that pink thing hanging out.

    • TheOriginalMRod

      I've decided that one of the lurkers out there goes through and down votes just about everything I post... because we are supposed to not mock and be droll? or because we aren't supposed to be bitchy... or because we are supposed to care what other bitchy people think of our opinions... eh who knows.

    • $27019454

      I know almost zero about this guy except that he is reputed to be uber-kind to fans and very cool under fire. And he can sing. I saw only one Twilight movie and fell asleep. I actually like him: He's easy on the eyes, he's Cedric Diggory and he's in a David Cronenberg movie.

    • Pants-are-a-must

      He still seems like the most unfortunate guy in the world. It's almost endearing. Now if only he were talented as well. Can't have it all, I guess (unless you're Tom Hardy).

    • Stacey Bryan

      He was adorable. I think he handled it the best he could. I would go get a beer with the guy in a second. He seems great.

    • TheOriginalMRod

      Poor Cedric. He seems to be handling it pretty well. And getting ice cream too. It almost makes me feel sorry for Kristen Stewart... but sad, pensive, and confused do seem to be what she does best.

    • Maguita NYC

      Theirs was the oddest pairing ever. When they first hit the scene, they looked like brother and sister! Then the more you got to know about them, the more you realize that beyond her looking delicate and him looking scruffy, the rest of the expected North-American gender characterizations end there.

      She curses like a sailor, bites her nails, looks unwashed, and has a somewhat Sean-Penn-esque relationship with the paps. While he is always considerate of others' feelings, polite, gentle, and could not utter a curse word to save his life. The weirdest pairing, that I would really love to read about in later decades in some Hollywood Babylon genre book.

    • Andrew

      Hey, Pajiba, how about a list of actors we like in real-life/interviews whom we can't stand when they actually act?

    • lowercase_ryan

      Can't stand when they act or can't stand what they act in? There is a difference.

    • Pants-are-a-must

      Stephen Moyer, to be entirely honest. Very funny and charming in interviews, but I want to punch BEEL in the face repeatedly.

    • $23348352

      I love Stephen Moyer in interviews. Sort of dorky but smart and with charm that smothers you in giggles and melted butter.

    • Kate at June

      Every interview I've seen him on makes me want to cuddle him. He seems like a fantastic, dorky, adorable man

    • $27019454

      Like Gerard Butler!

    • Tracey

      I had the same reaction to the interview! He handled it very, very well. In fact, it's an argument in the column of why stars SHOULDN'T have publicists.

      He was adorable.

    • Carrie/Teabelly

      "here’s my wish for you. That you get to handle your business in private.”

      Eh? Said on tv in front of however many viewers after asking about said business?

      I haven't actually watched the video, since it is not available in my current location, but still.

    • Carrie/Teabelly

      OK, I managed to trick my computer into thinking I was somewhere else and it let me watch it (cos I'm such a fan). It didn't seem as weird after he'd done the rest of his ice cream bit.

    • tracey

      agreed. that felt super weird.

    • Maguita NYC

      The problem with Pattinson is not his charm in real life, it's the lack of it on screen, in movies.

      It is his lack of acting abilities that disappoint so much, because of his likability factor during interviews, you come to expect the same honesty on film.

      Let's see if Cosmopolis delivers.

      If it succeeds, and Pattinson delivers, can we call him Charming Crumpet?

    • jvb

      ::hangs head in shame:: he might have said that he decided to play the twilight shine monster as a self-loathing 150-year-old virgin. which would explain why he's unlikable in that role.

    • Maguita NYC

      Oh there-there, pat-pat, no need to be ashamed of having watched that charming crumpet, with his crazy hair, in interviews.

      So you're a closeted RPATZian, who cares! We may all get on that british-boy train after Cosmopolis ;) .

    • branded_redux

      Alluring Pudding?

    • Maguita NYC

      Crumpet Pudding?

    • Maguita NYC

      If he doesn't succeed, can we call him an English Crumble???

    • BendinIntheWind

      British Potato?

    • branded_redux

      Bewitching Chips?

    • Groundloop


    • BendinIntheWind

      Starchy Breeches?

    • Rochelle

      I've seen several interviews with him. He's very funny and should never hire a publicist. I've never heard another actor talk such trash about their own movie so charmingly. He's one of those rare actors I like as a person but hate as an actor.

    • Nadine

      He was growing on me until I heard, since the break up, he is apparently just as guilty of it and the difference is she was caught.

      So he goes back to my list of people who exist who may be lovely and attractive but I just can't make myself like entirely.

    • NateMan

      Cheating is bad, I suppose, but unless he porked a married mother, it's just not in the same league.

    • Quorren

      I've heard that too. It really does suck if he's also a cheater, especially with this OMG! GIRLS ARE SLUTS! attitude to her cheating.

      However, my personal conspiracy theory is that they were only together for the publicity with a dash of fuck buddy on the side.

    • NateMan

      It's not the cheating, or the sluttiness - I have always been a fan of girls who like to fuck and aren't ashamed of it. It's not even the married man part of it, much. It's the fact she nailed a married father. That's not cool. And no, he doesn't get a pass on it either, but considering how much more famous and recognizable she is - and she is, and she's totally content with that 99% of the time - she's gotta recognize she's the one who's going to catch the most grief in public.

    • Maguita NYC

      Love this.

      It is her prerogative to Tomcat (Kittypuss?) around, as much as she wants.
      The possibility of breaking a family though does not get a pass. Even with the understanding that in Hollywood everybody sleeps around, an environment she grew up in, and at the not-so-tender age of 22, she really should have known better.

    • Quorren

      I get that; it's not like she didn't know he was married when she was IN THE SAME MOVIE as his wife. It's the blaming the whole affair on her that annoys me. Even the directors father got in on it, saying that affairs just happen when men have to work with pretty little things. Just UGH.

    • Maguita NYC

      @quorren:disqus His father said that?? What an idiot! Talk about encouraging your son's irresponsible behavior by over-playing up his victimization at the hands of Eve's demonic manipulations.

      These poor-poor men, who have no self-control and always fall prey to those mean women's machinations. Why must they ALWAYS eat the damned apple!!!

      Whomever said that an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay, forgot to also add, that an apple a day, doesn't keep you safe from a quick roll in the hay.

      Heterosexual men should simply stop eating apples.

    • Nadine

      No SHIT, Sanders dad said WHAT?!

      Also for the record, I agree entirely, she made the more damaging mistake with her cheating, she ended a marriage and ruined some kids lives.

      Assuming of course Hollywood isn't just THAT cynical and awful a place, where even Sanders was in on the 'scheme'

    • Nadine

      Oh god, completely, it sounds cruel but I think it was an organised thing. When I'm really cynical I think she isn't even crying over HIM, she's crying SHE had to be the villain in the picture.

    • Kala

      The kid can go full "Charming Potato" if he can pick the right role. He went supposedly edgy with Cosmopolis (haven't seen it, so I can't say one way or the other), now he needs something a bit more fun. I don't think he'll ever have the same self-aware quality as Tatum, but he seems like a pretty likeable guy.

    • Miss Laaw-yuhr

      I read an interview a while back ready to get my hate on, but instead I was surprised as he was actually pretty self-aware. And self-deprecating. This combo is apparently my kryptonite. He creeping up on the charming potat-o-meter.

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    • space_oddity

      Why not? Don't resist. Join us here, it's much nicer. Not liking Pattinson just because of that Twilight stuff is just as silly as worshipping him for the same reason. He's not the greatest actor in the world, but every interview I've seen with him, he's charming, affable, and reasonably humble.

    • Snath

      It's not Twilight. It's that every time I see him, he looks like such a twat. He's just too cool for everyone and everything. That's just not that awesome, really.

      Apparently, though, it's because he's nervous and doesn't have a publicity agent? So all my carefully managed dislike is all for naught, as he's just a goofy weirdo who doesn't know what to say.


    • Pants-are-a-must

      Honestly, what CAN you say when you're the pin-up equivalent of Daniel Radcliffe? That he has no idea at all how to handle public situations makes him very approachable. (ETA: Daniel Radcliffe is cute, yes, but Harry Potter was not an object of human-sized pillows for far too many women)

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