‘Twilight’ success has turned Robert Pattinson into a global star

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

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.