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Robert Pattinson Almost Got Fired From The Set Of 'Twilight' Because He Was "A Little Bit Too Emo"

By Gina Florio··  3 min read
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It's hard to imagine a 'Twilight' world that doesn't have Robert Pattinson in it alongside Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. But that world was almost our reality. It turns out Robert didn't exactly have the easiest time on the set of 'Twilight.'

The vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen was one of Robert Pattinson's first breakout roles, and he was only 21 years old at the time they were filming Twilight. In a recent interview with GQ, Robert spilled the beans about what his time on set was really like.

Robert Almost Got Fired from 'Twilight'

Robert admits that he wanted to make his character of Edward "as arty as possible." There was a "strange tension" between him and studio because he believed the only way to play Edward was "a little bit too emo" for their taste. They simply didn't see eye to eye on the interpretation of the character.

He says he was feeling "just infuriated" by the whole thing. "It just seems so ridiculous talking about it now because I was literally enraged," he admits. "There's definitely something about being 21 as well, because I can't believe the way I was acting half the time when I think back on it."

"It just seems so ridiculous talking about it now because I was literally enraged."

Even though he was struggling, he didn't think it was that big of a deal – until his manager and agent suddenly flew in to meet with him on the day they were filming the scene of Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) going to Edward's home to have dinner and spend time with his family for the first time. They both told him that if he didn't change his behavior, he would be fired from the movie entirely.

"They were like, 'OK, so whatever you're doing right now, after lunch just do the opposite or you'll be fired by the end of the day,'" he recalls. That seemed to scare him straight. He switched up his attitude and the whole ordeal even "got me to smile a little bit."

Robert Had Actually Quit Acting before Twilight

The only famous role Robert played prior to Twilight was Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He experimented with method acting in order to embody Cedric, but he didn't find much success with it.

"OK, so whatever you're doing right now, after lunch just do the opposite or you'll be fired by the end of the day."

After he was done fulfilling his role as Cedric, he actually decided to leave acting behind for a little while. "I really thought I was gonna do music at that point," he said. "I don't know where I had the belief in that, because there was absolutely no one saying that there was a music career on the table."

But eventually, after doing tons of gigs, he "ran out of money basically" and chose to change paths back to acting. It's a good thing he did, because playing Edward Cullen propelled his career forward exponentially. Now he's taking on the iconic role of Batman in The Batman, which will be released on March 4.

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