Robert Pattinson in surreal bubble, in and out of "Cosmopolis"

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:16pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In David Cronenberg's philosophical new film, "Cosmopolis," Robert Pattinson plays a young, emotionless, obscenely rich financial visionary who rides around New York in a limousine as he slowly becomes unraveled.

For the "Twilight" star, who became one of Hollywood's highest earning actors and biggest heart-throbs, his new role may be the greatest test yet of whether he can carry over his young vampire romance fans to the R-rated indie film.

Pattinson, 26, stepped out in New York this week to promote the film in his first public appearances since his "Twilight" co-star and girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, admitted cheating on him with a married British film director and issued an unusual public apology.

But the break-up with Stewart, 22, was getting just as much attention as "Cosmopolis," if far fewer answers.

Asked how he was coping, the British actor told Reuters at a press event for the movie: "There is this whole thing about wanting to know more and more about celebrities. But really, all that everyone wants to do, is they want them to be celebrities again. However ridiculous that is to say, no one really wants to know."

And in giggly television interviews this week with "The Daily Show" and "Good Morning America," Pattinson repeatedly dodged the topic that made world headlines and shocked millions of "Twilight" fans.

"I've never been interested in trying to sell my personal life and that's really the only reason people bring it up. The reason you go on to TV is to promote movies. That's the only way to do it," he told "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.

He went on to describe his life as "like being on the craziest theme park ride."   Continued...

Cast member Robert Pattinson arrives for the premier of the film "Cosmopolis" in New York, in this August 13, 2012, file photo. REUTERS/Keith Bedford