Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson both attended the Cannes Film Festival in France this year. Although it’s not a new spot for the former couple to appear, they have been linked by Vanity Fair — though not romantically. It seems as though Stewart and Pattinson have similar goals in their careers following their incredible Twilight fame.
Although Stewart and Pattinson have both appeared in a number of films since The Twilight Saga came to a close, the two haven’t had the easiest of times reinventing themselves. Both are still most well-known for their roles in Twilight and haven’t really been able to scoop such huge films — and maybe they never will (perhaps simply because of the fandom). However, both actors have certainly tried, and their work over the past several months has proven that.
Robert Pattinson seems to have landed a winning role in Good Time, which has been receiving tons of positive reviews since it’s debut. There is already some chatter about Pattinson being nominated for awards for his role as Connie Nikas. According to Vanity Fair, Pattinson has been praised for his work, and the role is unlike any other he has taken on. His performance is said to be exceptional, and his fans cannot stop talking about this movie.
“Pattinson is at bat again, and he appears to have connected with the ball. He’s the star of the competition entry Good Time, a bank-robber-on-the-run thriller from New York brother duo Benny and Josh Safdie. In the film, Pattinson, playing a petty criminal named Connie, sports a Queens accent and a shifty intensity; Connie’s a no-good guy trying to do right by his brother, Nick, who is developmentally disabled. (He’s played by Benny Safdie). It’s a dream kind of role for an actor looking to be taken seriously—all muted and serious and streetwise—and Pattinson seizes the opportunity with understated confidence. It’s not a showy performance, but Twitter was nonetheless abuzz with effusive praise for Pattinson after Thursday morning’s press screening. So, it worked!”
Meanwhile, Stewart brought her short film titled Come Swim to Cannes this year after debuting it at Sundance. She directed the short and has plans to make it into a full-length film. The emotional 17-minute short is described as a “metaphorical rendering of a feeling, of the overwhelming oppression of heartbreak and grief” by the Journal Times.
“You don’t realize when you’re trudging through that water, you feel so alone. We’ve all been there. But when you’re in it, you feel like you can’t participate in life,” Stewart explained. “I am so sensitive it drives me crazy. It’s funny (that) the first movie I wanted to make was basically just a movie about somebody who is like, ‘You don’t get it! It’s horrible.'”
And while Stewart has been at Cannes before, this is the first time that she’s attended as a director, something that she’s super excited about. She is trying something different — chasing her dreams — and this could really prove to be the boost that she needs in her career, so many years after Twilight.
“Oh my God, I’m like tripping out. It’s crazy. I mean honestly, I think Thierry (Fremaux, festival director), is being nice to me or something. He’s just like, ‘OK you can show your little movie here.’ I’m like, ‘Thank you,'” she said.
Are you interested in seeing Robert Pattinson’s latest film, Good Time? Do you want to watch the Kristen Stewart-directed Come Swim? Please share your thoughts on the career paths of these two actors in the comments section below.
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