ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

I'm sorry to break it to you guys, but it doesn't look like we will see Robert Pattinson zipping about in spandex as a superhero any time soon.

The 28-year-old star was interviewed at about his role in [The Rover](movie:395105) at the Sydney Film Festival on Friday, and conversation turned to his suitability for more 'hero' style roles. Although interviewers were focusing on Pattinson's physique, he seemed to think there were psychological issues at play. Rob explained that;

It’s not really about the physicality. Those leading guy roles are all extremely confident characters and I am just not that confident. I would feel weird faking that confidence. The action guy who does the little quip at the end of killing somebody? I would sound like a psycho

The British actor went on to tell interviewers that his co-star Guy Pearce was also not the type to be thrust to the helm of a movie as an action hero. Rob said that;

We’re not really considered for those normal leading man roles — well, maybe I was for a little period after Twilight. I guess I gravitate towards niche things but also those are the things I get offered

Pattinson, who spent a month filming in the rough conditions of the Australian outback filiming David Michod’s hotly-anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom said that the closet he would ever get to playing a classic leading man is a T.E Lawrence in the upcoming [Queen of the Desert](movie:570407) .

I was playing Lawrence of Arabia! They are huge shoes to fill

Don't be so hard on yourself Rob! We all think you have the potential to make a great hero. That being said, Pattinson's comments do make the rumors of him being cast as Indian Jones seem a little more far-fetched...

Robert Pattinson wouldn't be the only actor to be cast as an unlikely action hero though. Check out 5 other actors who made the unlikely leap!

4. Matt Damon

Back in 1999 Matt Damon was best known for his quiet and thoughtful roles in Goodwill Hunting and The Talented Mr Ripley. Although the thought of casting him in an action role got many people chucking, the actor landed the lead role in The Bourne Identity in 2002.

Needless to say, Damon owned the highly popular series of movies and he has since rescued art from the Nazis in [The Monuments Men](movie:334527) and battled aliens in [Interstellar](movie:813746) .

3. Michael Keaton

Everybody knows that Michael Keaton was the best Batman, but when he was announced for the role there were wails of anguish. And, for good reason.

Before taking on his role as the caped crusader in the Tim Burton directed Batman, Keaton was best known as a comedy actor and, discounting Beetlejuice, a mediocre one at that.

Needless to say, critics were gobbling their humble pie when he totally made the role of Batman his own.

2. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Best known for her classically beautiful face and her svelte figure, Sarah Michelle Gellar was an unlikely choice for a brutal vampire slayer.

Although she embodied pure, psychological evil in Cruel Intentions, the closest Gellar had come to being action hero material was being ruthlessly pursued by a killer in I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Sarah Michelle Gellar totally rocked our worlds in Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer though. It is hard to think of a kick ass female action hero who has smashed so many monster balls...

1. Chris Pratt

Who would have thought that the lovably half-witted Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation would become a Star Lord in [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) ?! Not to mention that body transformation! If Pratt can do it, anything is possible...

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