Robert Pattinson gained heartthrob status in Hollywood after rising to fame in the Twilight saga. However, the film’s director, Catherine Hardwicke, is now disclosing that the studio behind the franchise wasn’t always in favor of Pattinson for the role of Edward and had reservations about his looks during the casting process.
“When he came over to my house, he had black bangs for hair and was kind of out of shape because he was hanging out at the pub all the time,” Hardwicke revealed during an interview on the Watchalong podcast. “I thought ‘it works not just in person, but it works on screen.’ I had to be sure. Of course, in person, I just got carried away, but you have to be sure — does it really translate [to the screen]?”
After the “fun auditions” Pattinson filmed with co-star Kristen Stewart for the 2008 film, the footage was presented to Summit Entertainment, who were not entirely in favor of Pattinson.
“I sent it to Summit and he went over to meet them,” Hardwicke added. “They called me back and go, ‘Do you think you can make this guy look good?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I do. Did you see his cheekbones? We’re doing a makeover on the hair and everything and he’s going to start working out and he’s going to be gorgeous.’ But they didn’t believe it at first. He walked over there with a stained shirt… It was Rob.”
Pattinson ultimately secured the role, and the rest is history. Hardwicke also disclosed that the four finalists for the role of Edward were Pattinson, Ben Barnes, Shiloh Fernandez, and Jackson Rathbone. While Rathbone didn’t get to portray Edward, he did secure the role of Jasper in the saga.
Watch the complete interview with Hardwicke in the video provided below.
Source: Deadline Hollywood