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Ten years ago, no one would believe — of all the franchises in Hollywood — the blockbuster movie series that would yield the most compelling actors would end up being “The Twilight Saga.” We all know about Kristen Stewart’s extraordinary arthouse endeavors, but the Edward to her Bella is every bit as committed to diving deep into character and working with visionary directors. Robert Pattinson made legions of young women swoon, but the roles he’s chosen since the Stephenie Meyer franchise ended have been as colorful as his romantic vampire was pale.
Robert Pattinson Got 'Locked in a Room' to Read Christopher Nolan's New Movie, Says It's 'Unreal'
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Like Robert Redford and Brad Pitt before him, Pattinson exudes a profound ambivalence about his heartthrob status and a desire to be thought of as far more than a handsome face. And, like his predecessors, he’s done the work to prove it. Even going back to his YA origins as Cedric Diggory in the “Harry Potter” films or as Edward in “Twilight,” Pattinson brought something elusive and enigmatic to those roles. Just as he does in his latest triumph of character work in Claire Denis’ “High Life.”
Denis’ film unfolds slowly, deliberately, like a garrote-wire being pulled from its spool: every moment has been sharpened to its most powerful essence, every shot carefully calibrated with maximum precision. It takes an actor with an expansive skill set to channel Denis’ vision, and Pattinson...
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