Robert Pattinson has certainly played a variety of roles, but will he ever be able to shake the Edward Cullen attachment?
]]> “The Twilight Saga” nearing the end of its reign over pop-culture,
the actors are naturally beginning to eye projects outside the realm of
tween romance. Pattinson’s most recent project, “Water for Elephants,”
earned surprisingly positive reviews, though previous performances in
“Remember Me” and “Little Ashes” went all but unnoticed.
Taylor Lautner will try the role of action hero on for size in
September’s “Abduction,” while Kristen Stewart — no newbie to the
acting game — recently landed a coveted fairytale role in “Snow White
and the Huntsman.”
All three actors will need to choose carefully once they are thrown into
the terrifying (or fabulous, as we’re sure Stewart is counting the days)
Casting director Melissa Braun, of Grant Wilfley Casting, spoke to The
Hollywood Reporter about what the future may have in store for
“He has charisma, a presence and obviously can act. It’s just how well
he can develop that talent into something that people can see past,” she
says. “If you want to follow the path of Johnny Depp, that’s the thing
That got us thinking. Could Pattinson make a legitimate move from
heartthrob to disheveled Parisian? Ok, that’s not exactly what we meant
— Depp is a respected and incredibly talented actor who transitions
with ease from loony and lovable to dark and disturbed characters.
Though his recent turn alongside Angelina Jolie in “The Tourist”
garnered jeers from critics and viewers alike, it’s tough to dim that
shine Depp has spent years building.
At 24-years-old, Pattinson already has significantly more mainstream
success than Depp, who didn’t hit it big till the 90’s when he was
hovering around 30. Who knew he was 27-years-old when “Edward
Scissorhands” was released?
Thanks to “Harry Potter” and “Twilight,” the British born actor has
already earned himself some huge paychecks in addition to four leading
roles in smaller films.
One thing Pattinson does not have going for him are the Golden Raspberry
Nominations. The heartthrob has been nominated multiple times for the
Razzies, though he’s yet to win a statue. Despite a few blemishes in
Depp’s career, he has managed to steer clear of the less than flattering
“award ceremony.” The LA Times suggests that Pattinson is picked on
simply for being too pretty, though we think it has something more to do
with the cinematic quality of the vampire franchise that made him
We’re big fans of Mr. Depp and his incredibly broad range of acting
skills. From “Pirates of the Caribbean” to “Sleepy Hollow” and “Public
Enemies,” we’ve stayed glued to his every subtle expression and fascinating
swagger. So what do you think? Does R-Patz have what it takes to emulate
Depp’s successful career? Or will the aging “Twi-Hards” wane in their
support as years go by?
We’d like to see Pattinson shake the “Twilight” mold, but only
time will tell how effectively he can transition… and how much the public
will allow it.