David Cronenberg makes surprise visit at Queen’s University; talks Robert Pattinson and ‘Cosmopolis’

David Cronenberg made a surprise visit to a class at Queen’s University where he talked about filmmaking, ’Cosmopolis’ and Robert Pattinson’s love of cinema.

From Queen’s Journal:

His film Cosmopolis, based on the novel by Don Delillo, is in post-production. It stars Robert Pattinson as a Manhattan millionaire.

The film was shot in Toronto, a favourite shooting location of Cronenberg’s.

“I’ve never shot a foot of film in the U.S., even though a lot of my movies are set there,” he said.

Toronto also provided a refuge for Pattinson’s international celebrity, he said.

“When we were shooting on the streets, [Pattinson] had a lot of fans crowding around, but he could go to bars and clubs in his street clothes and people didn’t recognize him,” he said.

Cronenberg said Pattinson has a deep knowledge of cinema with a talent that stretches beyond what is shown in the Twilight Saga franchise.

“He’s a very serious actor. He wants to be great and takes the trouble to try and be great,” he said. “What he does in [Cosmopolis] will lay that question to rest, which a lot of people who are skeptical of Twilight are asking.”

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  • http://insteftershumbleopinion.wordpress.com Stefter

    I so want all the skeptics to be silenced!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MamaEsme2 Sus (@MamaEsme2)

    It makes me happy that Cronenberg is so supportive of Rob’s acting abilities! I think Cosmopolis will be a break-out role for him! Can’t wait to see it!

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  • susanrsm

    Ditto on both counts! :D

  • Kim

    I’ve been digging around and around for news and I’ve finally found some snippets of information. I’m French, so I had the idea to search a bit some French sites… on the site of French movie magazine Premiere, it turns out a Cosmopolis promo reel was shown at the Berlinale (the Berlin Film Festival) and they say it’s “incroyable”, which means “amazing, unbelievable”. It’s a very strong, positive word. I later found a forum frequented by some movie buffs, one of them runs a serious movie review blog, and some seem to be working in the industry (one had already seen a promo reel for On The road). Well, one of them mentioned again the Cosmopolis promo reel shown in Berlin, and he said that “les images ont mis la presse en transe”, which means “the media went wild when first images of Cosmopolis were shown”. All this sounds very promising, and I wish we could find more about this Berlinale promo reel… I’ve looked for more clues everywhere, but in vain!! I thought I would share. The first info has already been picked on some Rob fan sites, but not the second, which is limited to this French forum I found today.

    • satine76

      Kim, Thank you for this information. It sounds so exciting that the media and those who are serious movie buffs found the promo reel outstanding. I know this film will finally have validation for Robert’s acting skills. He will finally have a critically acclaimed film that shows he is not just another pretty face, but I still love that face and those hands. I am in great anticipation to see that teaser trailer.