Here is what MSNBC is saying about Rob’s ability to become known for a role other than Edward Cullen!
Pattinson’s turns as Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Stephenie Meyer “Twilight” series of novels has made him wealthy (a reported $27.5 million in 2010 alone) and famous. Now comes the hard part: Establishing himself as a respected thespian beyond his signature role as the toothy blood-sipper. Next he stars opposite Reese Witherspoon in the Depression-era circus drama “Water for Elephants,” which opens April 22.Head over to MSNBC to see the full article!
Will audiences bite?
“I believe that the role of Edward is so inherently ridiculous that I refuse to dismiss Pattinson as an actor based on it,” explained Mary Pols, movie critic for Time Magazine. “Pattinson has a better chance than most. He’s got name recognition to get in to see directors, he hasn’t disgraced himself in these ‘Twilight movies’ — even if the hearts of middle-aged film critics do not beat faster for him — and he has the marketing power of a fan base that will keep giving him chances.”
Pattinson has established a virulent fan base around the world. Vanessa Corn is a part of it. She runs the site, “strictlyrobpattinson.com,” which focuses on the actor’s work beyond “Twilight” and Edward Cullen.
“I am a major fan of Rob’s,” said Corn, a wife and mom who lives in Chicago, works a day job as an administrator and has been operating the site for just over a year. “I definitely don’t think that ‘Twilight’ showed his acting strengths, but I am positive we haven’t seen his best.
“[T]’Water for Elephants seems very promising in that regard, especially after seeing reactions from critics who — up until now — have been more than happy to pan him and write him off as simply ‘that vampire guy.’ I think his best so far has been ‘Little Ashes,’ where he really turned himself into Salvador Dali and showed people the other side of him, the very private side.”