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Friday, November 13,2009

'Twilight' success has turned Robert Pattinson into a global star

By Rick Bentley

LOS ANGELES — Maybe it can be dismissed as simply his British background, but Robert Pattinson says he hasn't really been affected by the mountains of attention he's garnered since Twilight.

"I still feel I'm pretty much exactly the same, which is maybe not a good thing," Pattinson, who plays the always brooding Edward in the "Twilight" movies, says with a smile.

The actor is having a good time, which is easy when you go from being a bit player in a Harry Potter movie to being the obsession of fans around the world and having a steady paycheck.

He's been on three different sets since Jan. 14, including The Twilight Saga: New Moon and the follow-up, Eclipse. (The third film was Remember Me with Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper.) And he'll be on movie sets all next year, including the scheduled fall start for filming on the fourth Twilight Saga film, Breaking Dawn.

He's now getting offered more projects, which means fewer auditions and the ability to turn down work if he doesn't think it will be a quality project.

That attention comes with a price. Because of Twilight's box office success — more than $383 million worldwide — producers expect Pattinson to be both actor and fan-drawing star.

The biggest change in Pattinson's daily life is that he has less direct interaction with people because there's far more security on the movie sets these days. Occasionally, a fan will get through the security.

Pattinson finds it funny when older people come up to him to talk Twilight.

"There was a woman who came up to me the other day who must've been in her 90s and was saying this stuff. They say exactly the same things as 12-year-old girls. That's kind of bizarre," Pattinson says with a big laugh.

Some of the attention has been weird, such as the magazine cover that proclaimed he was pregnant.

"I was like, 'Wow.' But it was without a hint of irony or anything. I didn't really know what to make of that one. I don't know if that even qualifies as libelous because they can just say, 'Well, it's obviously fiction,' but it's printed in a nonfiction magazine," Pattinson says.

Via McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

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