Robert Pattinson is set to star in two of the juiciest films in Hollywood: Christopher Nolan's thriller Tenet and in Matt Reeves' The Batman. But strangely, he wouldn't even be acting if it weren't for Harry Potter.
He told HFPA that starring as Cedric Diggory in 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire changed his world.
"It was very special. And I really like that movie as well… I wasn't going to be acting professionally if it wasn't for that," Pattinson, 33, admitted.
"It was a really nice environment on Harry Potter," he shared. "... Even compared to movies I've done since, it was very protected, the way the kids were treated. I've watched on movies where you see a kid who's got their tutor and it doesn't exactly seem like they're really going to school. I mean it's just kind of like they are fulfilling a legal requirement. But in Harry Potter, it was like they were at school and they were kind of doing work at the same time."
"I'm sure it didn't really feel like that for them," Pattinson continued of the rest of the cast, who included Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. "But, I mean, because I'd finished school, I was like, 'Wow. You guys are doing hours of classes and stuff.'"
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Pattinson claimed that the only thing propelling him forward in fact, is luck.
He said: "I've always been fascinated by someone who tells me, ‘I like your choices in that scene,' because I don't even know what the options are. I feel like you have a thick membrane of consciousness and you're digging inside yourself, trying to find one little idea and hope it works. It's an all-consuming terror and it has been there from the start. I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm just tossing a coin, relying entirely on luck."
Pattinson said that preparation for a role was pointless. "The lesson I always learn is don't ever bother preparing for anything because it's pointless," Pattinson said. "Every time I've heavily prepared a scene, I go in and they'll say something like, ‘Oh, by the way, it's zero gravity.' Or: ‘It's raining.'" And I'm like, ‘But I really wanted to play it this way! I've been thinking about it every waking minute!' It never works!"
Pattinson also has strong feelings about why he makes the choices he does for certain roles.
"And I never want to do something for an audience ... ever," Pattinson said. "I think it's literally disgusting."
He added: "It's just so disrespectful of people. ‘I made this for you.' You don't know me. How can you know what I want? And it also indoctrinates the audience into thinking that they somehow are special because someone said, ‘I made it for you.' They didn't make it for you. They made it for your money."
Pattinson concluded: "Everybody should be making things for themselves. If no one likes it, you just have to do it more. And put it out more places. And eventually someone will like it. It hasto work eventually. I call it the Charles Bukowski method."