Robert Pattinson is the newest teen heartthrob, but that’s apparently not the way he wants to be seen throughout the rest of his movie career. He has starred as Cedric the athletic hunk in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, and if being part of one of the biggest film and book franchises ever wasn’t enough, he took on the role of Edward Cullen in the teen blockbuster ‘Twilight’, instantly becoming a superstar. Since the film’s release, the rumor mill has been all abuzz about his relationship with costar Kristen Stewart; are they engaged? Dating? Is he head-over-heels in love with her?
No one is for sure right now, but Robert Pattinson will be involved in a very different relationship for an upcoming film where he tries to stray from his newfound glory as a supernatural superstar. His newest role in the film ‘Little Ashes’ is that of Salvador Dali, a slightly eccentric surrealist painter who also happened to be gay (or so we’re led to believe). The film will also take a look at his friendship with one of the greatest directors of all time and a favorite of film aficionados: Luis Bunuel. The main relationship that will be focused on, however, is that Dali had with poet Federico Garcia Lorca, a relationship that has been hotly debated throughout the years. The two formed a bohemian surrealist superpower of art and ideas along with Luis Bunuel, but when Bunuel left for Paris, Dali and Lorca may have become extremely close, and it is this aspect of their relationship that the film delves into. The film has already been shown at a few film festivals and will be released sometime in theaters in 2009.
It’s a great role for Robert Pattinson, considering gay is the new black in our society. With the past success of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and the recent release of the highly-anticipated film ‘Milk’ , which stars Sean Penn and portrays the life of California’s first gay elected official, as well as the passing of Prop 8, the film will be riding a wave of buzz about gay rights. Every little bit of tolerance helps, and Hollywood could help push society in the right direction.
But for Robert Pattinson, this film could be a very big career move that pushes him in the right direction: out of the teen idol trap. The most intriguing thing about this movie is the clash of crowds that it will draw. Very different types of moviegoers that rarely see the same films will be out to see this one: art aficionados, gay men, and lovestruck teen girls. Can you say blockbuster?