VIDEO: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire talks about Robert Pattinson, filming in Iraq and Mission: Blacklist

Fantastic interview with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire by Agentinnen.Net. Tons of insight into his work ethic but he starts to talk about Mission: Blacklist, Robert Pattinson and Iraq after around 18:30.

Couple of highlights (via):

  • “My character in Mission: Blacklist is a tough character because it’s not at all what we can imagine from Robert Pattinson or what we know with this guy. It’s going to be very interesting. I’m sure it’s going to be great because he’s really intense.”
  • On Robert: “I know he’s a great actor…I’m really excited to be working with him on this film.”
  • “We’re going to do the set in Iraq. We’re going to work with Eric Maddox. It’s going to be interesting.”
  • He’s going to work with professional Iraqi actors.
  • “To do a good movie, you need to take risks and try to find different ways to do films. Not doing it the same way as everyone is doing it. We have to try and change. Try to imagine some different stuff and different way of working with the actors and shooting the film.”
  • “Going to Iraq for me is really important because it’s going to be so different from shooting there as to shooting in LA in a studio, for example, even for the actors, being there and understanding how it was and meeting the Iraqis. You need to understand the structure and everything. It’s part of the process.”
  • At 24:00, he starts to talk again about his pre-production experience with Mission: Blacklist and the prep work – 5 weeks in Iraq, sleeping in Saddam Hussein’s palace etc.
  • At 26:00 next project is Mission: Blacklist filming next year (we know it’s scheduled for summer 2013)

NEW: Robert Pattinson talks Mission: Blacklist – Will film entirely in Iraq; Starts in a month

In the September issue of Black Book magazine, Robert Pattinson is on the cover and in his interview, he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. The key points in the article are filming will be entirely in Iraq and Rob leaves next month.

The article was from the perspective of Rob’s heart (???) so keep that in mind when you read the excerpt:

Transcript:

After Twilight hit, things changed. Rob, as they say, broke. “My circle of friends narrowed pretty quickly.” Says Rob, “I like to be the parasite, not the other way around.” We stopped going out. We stopped performing at open mics. Now I hardly ever race anymore. Now, when he’s not being Edward or Eric or someone else, Rob lives like the Hermit of Silver Lake. He wakes up and makes himself some juice. He reads synopses of books on Amazon for a few hours. He makes himself soup and peruses some scripts. Largely these are just words, congealed and bland like day-old porridge, microwaved rehashes of other supernatural epics. Occasionally, I spike when something he reads intrigues me. Like his next drama by the French-Liberian director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who’s last film, Johnny Mad Dog, is about Congolese child soldiers. This one will be filmed entirely in Iraq. We leave next month. Perhaps there, the bullets whistling by, or at least the possibility that a bullet could whistle by, will cause me to throb. Until then, we’ll bide our time in the back of a car, idling at an intersection and waiting for the light to change. Jeff asks if we’d like to go anywhere in particular, but we’re not sure. “I never go anywhere.” Rob says matter-of-factly, “I don’t even know where anywhere is.”

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AUDIO: “Eric Maddox Is One Of The Most Fascinating People I’ve Ever Met & The Story’s Amazing” – Robert Pattinson

MissionBlacklist France got the chance to talk to Robert Pattinson at the “Cosmopolis” Premiere in Berlin and asked him why he chose the role of Eric in “Mission: Blacklist” and also about scouting filming locations in Iraq

Transcript:

Question: Hi! One of your next projects is Mission:Blacklist. What made you choose this role and are you really going to scout locations in Iraq?

Robert Pattinson : I read the script. I thought the script…I didn’t even realize that the script was a real story and then they told me it was a true story. I met Eric Maddox who it’s based on. He’s one of the most fascinating people I have ever met and the story’s amazing. We’re looking into Iraq, I mean he was there, I mean it’s quite difficult obviously to go there, but I think it would be a good thing to do to go and start… you know.

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