Robert Pattinson on Mission: Blacklist: “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone.”

Metro had a chance to speak to Robert Pattinson during Breaking Dawn Part 2 promo and he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. We excerpted the portion with the mentions and bolded the ones specific to MB:

What drives him

As evidenced by recent choices — including David Cronenberg’s challenging “Cosmopolis,” which featured him getting a prostate exam — he’s not afraid of risk. “I signed up for a lot of stuff in the last year. I was really fixated on working with a lot of people who are kind of dangerous,” he says. “The business part of show business has really just taken a big s– on the show aspect of it, and so I think anyone who has any visibility should be trying to do something that is really, really subversive. I think it would be interesting trying to get really subversive stuff into the mainstream. You’re in the cinema not just as a consumer but as a participant.”

It’s that sensibility that led him to sign up for the lead in “Mission: Blacklist,” a film to be made in Iraq next year. “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone,” Pattinson offers of the film, which is based on a true story. “It’s about this guy call Eric Maddox who was an Army interrogator who almost single-handedly found Saddam Hussein. No one really knows the story of it, and the story’s absolutely amazing and kind of hilarious in some ways and bizarre.”

Comfort zones

That project teams Pattinson with French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who used real Liberian child soldiers for his last film. “I think that’s like his thing,” says Pattinson. “I wanted him to be in his comfort zone, so we were both pushing, saying we need to shoot this in Iraq — that’s the whole point.”

You can tell where his passions lie by the fact that, during this interview, the actor talks more about “Mission: Blacklist” than “Twilight.” But promotion for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ must be done. The story finds his Edward and Stewart’s Bella protecting their child from killer vampires. It’s already predicted to be the highest-grossing effort in the series. And the actor is busy lining up another high-profile project, lest he lose his ability to get the riskier ones made. “This year I’m thinking I should probably try to do a movie which at least one person will see,” he says, “so I’m trying to figure that out now.”

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VIDEO: Robert Pattinson talks about filming in Iraq and his parents reaction

Excerpt from MTV:

Nerve-racking as “The Rover” is, it pales in comparison to the real-life dangers presented by “Mission: Blacklist,” Pattinson’s upcoming war movie based on the true story of Army interrogator Eric Maddox, who was involved in the capture of Saddam Hussein. The role requires Pattinson to film in Iraq, which understandably made his family members uncomfortable at first — but the actor thinks his loved ones are beginning to warm up to the idea.

“My parents seem to be coming around to it now,” he said with a laugh. “That’s strange. I don’t know what happened.”

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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