It’s hard to imagine the Twilight franchise without Robert Pattinson, but according to the actor, he was nearly fired from the movie over “tension” about its direction.
In an interview with GQ, the 35-year-old opened up about his experience on set.
“I was 21 and kind of wanted to make it as arty as possible,” he said. “We had this strange tension where the studio was a little bit scared to make things a little bit too emo and stuff, and I thought that was the only way to play it.”
Seemingly embarrassed of the way he’d acted at the time, Robert said that he was “infuriated” on set and didn’t realize it was close to losing him the job — that is until his manager and agent flew out to intervene.
“It just seems so ridiculous talking about it now because I was literally enraged…I spent so much time just infuriated,” he said. “There’s definitely something about being 21 as well, because I can’t believe the way I was acting half the time when I think back on it.”
“[I] just thought everything was fine,” he said. “Then at lunch, they were like, ‘OK, so whatever you’re doing right now, after lunch just do the opposite or you’ll be fired by the end of the day.'”
According to Robert, the conversation was enough to change his attitude and “got me to smile a little bit.”