Robert Pattinson's newest film is a departure from his fan favorite role as Edward Cullen in the "Twilight" franchise and the actor admitted in a recent interview that he doubted he could perform the part but knew he had to do the film.
"I'd read the script, I think, a year before and thought it was amazing and I think someone just sent it to me for interest," Pattinson said in a recent interview provided by the film's studio, Entertainment One. "I was interested in it but I think there were other people attached and I thought I was too young and I don't know, I was at a point - I was doubting myself a lot."
"Then out of the blue, it kind of came out of nowhere and they were like, 'Yeah do you want to do it' and I was kind of amazed," he added. "I had no idea how I was going to play it but I like all of David's [Cronenberg, the director] movies a lot and it seemed like a no-brainer to do it."
Pattinson, 26, stars as Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire who rides across Manhattan in a stretch limo. His world is turned upside down as his life devolves into an odyssea with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. The film is directed by Cronenberg, who is known for films like "Eastern Promises," "A History of Violence," and "The Fly." The movie also features actresses Juliette Binoche and Sarah Gadon.
"One strange thing because you're in a car for the majority of the time, there's no camera operator really right there watching you and he's outside of the car and he's [Cronenberg] just working on the intercom so you can't really be that hands on," Pattinson said about working with the director. "But he's just incredibly sensitive to every little thing you're doing to the point where sometimes you don't really know what you're doing. You just kind of had a feeling about it."
"He always seemed to pick up on it when the things were interesting," Pattinson said. "Which is very reassuring."
During the red carpet premiere for the film, the actor spoke about the film's sex scenes, which he described as "bizarre."
"Some of the scenes in this were, like, complicated acting scenes, like during a sex scene - so it's a very strange experience," Pattinson told the Associated Press at the film's premiere at New York's famed Museum of Modern Art on August 13. "One of the sex scenes especially wasn't even supposed to be a sex scene - it was just a dialogue scene."
Watch the trailer for "Cosmopolis" below. The R-rated thriller hits select theaters in Los Angeles on August 17.