So the last week brought us two rather inflammatory pieces of casting news - both of which featured everyone's favorite object of movie loathing, Robert Pattinson.
Those always anonymous internet sources had apparently linked Pattinson to play both Indiana Jones in the reboot of the franchise, and a young Han Solo in the Star Wars spin-off movies. Of course, as we suggested, it seems none of these rumors have a shred of truth about them. Despite this, people were eager to attack Pattinson for even being falsely associated with the roles.
In a new interview with MTV, the former Twilight star explains that this hate mongering could be the reason for these false claims. He jokingly stated:
People just [make rumors up] so I get bad press afterwards. 'Hey, how about you play Jesus!’ ‘No, he should just die!’ Great, thanks man.
He went on to reiterate he had not even met J.J. Abrams for a role in new [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158)franchise and was unaware Indiana Jones was even being remade, claiming:
No. I didn’t even know they were rebooting it!
I have to say, I'm not exactly a big fan of Twilight, but then I also accept - that as a misanthropic, twenty-five year old male - I'm not exactly the target audience for the franchise. However, I don't blame Pattinson for his involvement, and in fact his acting was not nearly the worse thing about the movies. If anything, Pattinson has proven in his more recent work, especially his collaborations with David Cronenberg, that he has some serious acting chops. Indeed, I wouldn't be adverse to seeing him in some new roles and I am excited for his upcoming movies [Life](movie:974904) and [The Rover](movie:395105) (which releases this weekend).
Sure, I don't want him to play Indiana Jones, but then, I don't even want Harrison Ford to play Indiana Jones again. Can't we just leave it at three brilliant - and one far less brilliant - Indy movies?
What do you think? Should people stop being so harsh on Robert Pattinson?
Does Robert Pattinson get too much undeserved hate?