Whatever Robert Pattinson may or may not be going through in his personal life, work obligations and the chance to support a great cause saw him put all that to one side last week.
Just one day after appearing at MTV’s Video Music Awards to co-present an exclusive preview of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 final trailer, the Brit actor joined a host of stars at a Stand Up 2 Cancer fundraising special on Friday.
Pattinson joined stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Kouric, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Roberts, Michael Douglas, Seth Rogen and Matt Damon at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
The Cosmopolis star was not announced as a speaker before the event, so it was massive surprise to viewers when he followed The Bourne Legacy star Jeremy Renner onstage.
“See, this is what happens when you support this movement,” Pattinson said.
“Every cent goes to the kind of research that is finding real breakthroughs and changing the lives of patients and their families right now.”
Interviewed backstage, the 26-year-old spoke further about why he felt supporting Stand Up 2 Cancer was so important.
“Anyone who’s making a significant contribution to stopping cancer, I mean it kind of has to be done… everybody knows a bunch of people … who’ve died and survived [from cancer].”
The third year in Stand Up 2 Cancer’s history, the event raised $ 81 million in pledges with 100% of all public donations going directly to cancer research. Executive produced by Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen, the telecast was shown on all four big networks and multiple cable channels.
This isn’t the first time Pattinson has been involved in this particular issue. Last year, he endorsed the work of ‘Cancer Bites’ at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards. And more recently the actor helped raise over $ 50, 000 for the homeless in Arizona.