Actor Robert Pattinson is headed to the Toronto Film Festival this coming weekend for his black-and-white old sea shanty period horror tale “The Lighthouse” which has so far drawn rave reviews.
The film, in which Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play lighthouse keepers in the middle of nowhere, first screened at Cannes back in May to a rapturous response and immediately in its wake Pattison flew back Los Angeles to do a costume test for Warner Bros. executives and director Matt Reeves for his leading role in “The Batman”.
Speaking with Variety ahead of the fest, Pattinson spoke about trying on the Batsuit for the first time and the emotional impact it had:
“It’s maybe the craziest thing I’ve ever done in terms of movie stuff. I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does!!! You’re literally in the Batsuit.’
You do feel very powerful immediately, and it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’
You’re trying to think of the way to balance, how to bring something new to it and not want to scare people off, and work in the confines of the costume.”
He also spoke about the backlash he received upon the news of his casting. He responded quite healthily: “To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting. It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog. There’s no expectation of you.”
Pattinson scored the role as he began working on Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and so has already spoken with “The Dark Knight” director about tips, mainly involving movement in the Batsuit.
“The Lighthouse” opens in theaters on October 18th from A24. “The Batman” is slated for a June 2021 release.