Actor Robert Pattinson’s career trajectory towards strong performances in serious arthouse films reaches a new apex with “Good Time,” a gritty crime drama set across one night.
In the film, he plays the bleached blonde Connie Nikas who tries to reverse a series of bad decisions and bad luck when a bank heist goes wrong and his mentally challenged brother is incarcerated.
Shot guerrilla style in New York City by Josh and Benny Safdie, the film crackles with an edgy electricity and takes big risks at numerous points. There was one point though that it got too outrageous, even for Pattinson. Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the actor was asked if there was one particularly outrageous scene cut from the film. He says:
“Oh, God! I don’t even know if I can say this. There are a lot of things in this movie which really crosses the line of legality. Like, it’s not even on the line. It’s way beyond the line… My character, Connie, has this affinity with dogs; he thinks he is a dog in a previous life and he thinks he has control over animals. There’s this one scene we shot – there’s a drug dealer who busts into the room, and I was sleeping with the dog and basically giving the dog a hand job.”
In fact, the Safdies initially wanted Pattinson to actually pleasure the dog himself:
“It was a character thing. I asked the trainer [about it] because the director was like, ‘Just do it for real, man! Don’t be a pussy!’ And the dog’s owner was like, ‘Well, he’s a breeder. I mean, you can. You just gotta massage the inside of his thighs.’ I was like, ‘Just massage the inside of his thighs?!’ I didn’t agree to do the real one, so we made a fake red rocket’.”
Pattinson says the scene will be an extra on the home video release. The movie itself, one of the year’s best and currently boasting a stellar 87/100 on Metacritic, opens on August 11th.
UPDATE 12:19am: The story has taken another turn. The Safdies have denied the story saying on Twitter: “LOL This is not true.” Whatever the case, PETA has now gotten involved and issued a press release saying on their site saying they are “currently investigating whether the law was broken in this instance.”
Source: ET Online