Robert Pattinson has wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival with his performance in Good Time, which has even been compared to Al Pacino’s in Dog Day Afternoon. In fact, not only has it been suggested that the Twilight actor could win the Best Actor award at the festival when the accolades are announced in a few days time, but there’s also been early speculation that it could lead to Robert Pattinson being in contention for the Best Actor trophy at the Academy Awards in February, too.
In Good Time, Robert Pattinson portrays Constantine “Connie” Nikas, who has to go through a dangerous journey to order to try and get his brother out of jail after a bank robbery does awry. All the while, Constantine has to try and keep out of the way of the law himself. As well as Robert Pattinson, Good Time also stars Barkhad Abdi, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for his work in Captain Phillips, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Hateful Eight.
But it was Robert Pattinson’s performance in Good Time that drew the most plaudits, with British film journalist Tim Robey suggesting that Robert Pattinson could ultimately claim the Best Actor award for his role, insisting that “he’s absolutely great in Good Time.”
Feed about to go ballistic, because Robert Pattinson could easily win Best Actor here. He's absolutely great in GOOD TIME
— Tim Robey (@trim_obey) May 25, 2017
Charles Grant, who is the features editor for Screen International, was just as unequivocal in his praise of Good Time after he watched the film on Thursday night. Charles Grant even went as far as to call it “Robert Pattinson’s best performance to date.”
Good Time premieres at Cannes Film Festival. Smart, entertaining crime drama delivering Robert Pattinson's best performance to date.
— Charles Gant (@charlesgant) May 25, 2017
Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter declared that Robert Pattinson had become the “breakout” star of the Cannes Film Festival because of his role in Good Time, which comes from Joshua Safdie and Ben Safdie, the filmmaking siblings from New York City.
The breakout of the Cannes Film Festival turns out to be…Robert Pattinson?… https://t.co/GbOo3wp8Ov
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) May 26, 2017
Robert Pattinson has already done a pretty impressive job of distancing himself from his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight films. Over the course of five films, each of which were released between 2008 and 2012 and grossed a combined total of $3.3 billion, Robert Pattinson turned into one of the world’s most famous actors, especially because of his relationship with his co-star, Kristen Stewart.
That relationship eventually came to an end in 2012, and he has since started dating singer FKA Twigs, who he became engaged to in April, 2015. Since finishing his work in the Twilight Saga with Breaking Dawn – Part 2 back in 2012, Robert Pattinson has appeared in David Michod’s The Rover, David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars and Cosmopolis, and James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z, and each of these performances have drawn huge plaudits.
But none of these performances have drawn as much praise as Pattinson’s work in Good Time. The English actor has been in Cannes discussing and promoting the film, and during his exchange with The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Pattinson admitted that he was worried his celebrity status would ruin the shoot, which he described as “guerilla-style.”
“I was so nervous about people finding out about the shoot and paparazzi being there, just destroying the whole illusion of it. It was interesting. With the makeup and the look — we did these pockmarks on my skin — and no one recognized me. We shot an entire movie on the streets of New York, and not even a single person took a cell phone picture. It was crazy.”
Audiences don’t have long to wait until Good Time is available, as it is scheduled to be released through A24 on August 11, 2017. After its debut in the Cannes Film Festival, it now holds a 94 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. You can watch the trailer for Good Time below.
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