Robert Pattinson recalls his Transformers 2 audition, saying he introduced himself with an American accent despite his natural British accent.
Robert Pattinson, star of the upcoming The Batman, recalls his audition for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, saying he faked an American accent for it. Directed by Michael Bay, the Transformers movies have grossed over 4 billion dollars over five films and have starred Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Stanley Tucci, and Mark Wahlberg. The franchise is characterized by its frenetic editing, CGI action, and lackluster stories, being widely panned by critics and loved by audiences.
Pattinson made his name through the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, becoming a household name. However, in recent years, he’s gone out of his way to avoid big-budget filmmaking, with critically acclaimed performances in Good Time, The Lighthouse, and The Devil All The Time. He’s followed those up with appearances in Tenet and the aforementioned The Batman to receive wider recognition to help his arthouse career, a common strategy for actors.
Pattinson recalls in an interview with GQ that when he began auditioning, he would cover up his natural British accent with an American one, so auditioners wouldn’t think he couldn’t perform roles written with American accents. However, after the success of Twilight, he became so well known that the producers for Transformers already knew he was British and were thus confused by his choice to come in with an American accent. Pattinson did not get the role. Read his full quote about it below:
“They’d always question it: ‘We’re worried about the accent…’ So I used to always come in as a different person, an American. I’d say, ‘Hi, I’m from Michigan.’ But then I was doing an audition for Transformers 2, right after Twilight had come out and I went in as some guy from Denver. And they called my agent and were like, ‘What’s wrong with him? Why was he doing an improv? A really boring improv?’ ”
Pattinson has been trying for years to successfully shake off the « teen idol » status that made him famous, choosing smaller-scale projects for their meatier roles, a move that has led him to receive critical praise for his work. Though it’s currently unknown if The Batman will receive a sequel, Pattinson’s unorthodox body of work will continue to grow, whether it finds mainstream success or not. In the end, it’s likely for the best Robert Pattinson didn’t land Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, even if the reason for not doing so was a silly misunderstanding.
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