“Batman” star Robert Pattinson covers the June/July 2020 issue of GQ Magazine. Self-portraits by Robert Pattinson, taken in April while in isolation in London.
Can I ask why The Batman is something you wanted to do? I can think of a lot of reasons to want to do it. But I can also, frankly, think of a lot of reasons to not want to do it.
What are the reasons not to do it? [laughs]
Well, you just starred in a Christopher Nolan film; Nolan has already made three iconic Batman films. Also, I think of you as being a pretty specific actor, and Batman is as much of an archetype as it is a character to be played.
I think sometimes the downsides—which I’ve definitely thought about—the downsides kind of seem like upsides. I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character. I was watching the making of Batman & Robin the other day. And even then, George Clooney was saying that he was worried about the fact that it’s sort of been done, that a lot of the ground you should cover with the character has been already covered.
The film studio hired a trainer who left Pattinson with a Bosu ball, a single weight, and a sincere plea to use both, but right now, he says, he’s ignoring her
I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” he says, sighing. By “you” he means other actors. “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped.” He says that back when he was the star of the Twilight franchise, “the one time they told me to take my shirt off, I think they told me to put it back on again.” But Batman is Batman. Pattinson called another actor on the film, Zoë Kravitz, the other day, and she said she was exercising five days a week during their exile from set. Pattinson, well: “Literally, I’m just barely doing anything,” he says, sighing again.
Cover: Shirt by Dior Homme
First Image: Jacket and Shirt by Dior Homme | Pants by Burberry
Second Image: Blazer and Pants by Paul Smith | Scarf (worn on head) by Turnbull & Asser | Scarf (worn on neck) by Dior Homme | Socks (yellow and pink) by The Elder Statesman | Flip-flops, his own | Necklaces by Alighieri
[Photo Credit: Robert Pattinson/GQ Magazine]
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