UPDATE: April 2013 has been removed from STATUS on Embankment Films site:
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.”
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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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.”
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)
The official website for the novel, Mission: Black List #1, has been updated for the film, news, Eric Maddox speaking engagements and more!
- If you’d like to purchase an autographed copy of the book, click HERE!
- If you’d like to read more about Eric Maddox, the role Robert Pattinson will play, click HERE!
- If you’d like to visit the film’s section, visit missionblacklist.com or the main section for the updated site, visit blacklisttraining.com.
Here’s a quick video trailer highlighting Eric Maddox’s story:
Robert Pattinson sat down with MTV a couple of weeks ago to promote his current film, Cosmopolis. During the interview, he discussed his future films and Mission: Blacklist was mentioned.
In case you can’t see the video, here’s the transcript of the section discussing Mission: Blacklist:
Josh Horowitz: That’s the word, that you may be shooting this film in Iraq. Are you looking forward to that? Is that the plan?
Robert Pattinson: The director is there now and I want to do it there. Obviously it’s quite difficult to shoot there. I think it’s a fascinating country. The director has been sending me pictures of the actual palaces where the US army was based and they’re beautiful. Just stunning. They look like Kubrick sets and they’re all empty just sitting there.
Starts at 1:20:
Robert Pattinson recently sat down with Time during press tour to promote his new movie Cosmopolis. He had this to say about his upcoming role in Mission: Blacklist:
I’m going to make this movie [Mission: Blacklist] about Eric Maddox, an Army interrogator who was one of the major people responsible for finding Saddam Hussein. He was working with JSOC [Joint Special Operations Command], which isn’t supposed to exist, and they found Saddam Hussein by themselves but they couldn’t say it was them. The story is crazy, absolutely bizarre. It’s a really cool director called Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. We’re going to shoot in Iraq next summer. In January I’m doing this other movie [The Rover] with David Micôd, who did the Australian movie Animal Kingdom—a futuristic western with Guy Pearce.
Filming is now set for Summer 2013.
Finally! Mission: Black List #1 is available on Amazon for Kindle! Are you going to purchase copy?
Now we can start organizing the book club again