Where Robert goes, the vampire-obsessed tweens follow. His first notable role was as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter franchise, but it was his turn as the brooding vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight that had the girls swooning (and crying…and screaming…and fainting).
Who Is Robert Pattinson
Known for being tall, dark, and handsome with a modelling background, Robert Pattinson is now an established actor who became a breakout star after his major role in the billion dollar franchise, The Twilight Saga. After finding himself becoming the beloved dreamboat of millions of restless teenage fan girls, the actor has since gone on to prove his worth by starring in a multitude of experimental movies, most notably in the crime drama Good Time, and is currently filming an anthology movie for Warner Bros, donning the spiked edged cape and bat-belt in the role of a lifetime, Batman. Not only has he been featured on the Forbes celebrity 100 list, but Pattinson has also been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
Why is he so famous?
The model turned actor first gained recognition for his role as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a movie that made almost $900 million worldwide. He also featured in the follow-up, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, this time surpassing the $900 million mark by a long shot. It wasn’t long after that when Pattinson was cast in Twilight as Edward Cullen, the vampire who sparkles in sunlight. Twilight spawned four sequels; New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and went on to become a multi billion dollar franchise. Though Pattinson now seemingly holds contempt for the series, it was undoubtedly a huge tentpole in his career, made him a movie star, and opened doors in Hollywood that few other movies ever could.
Before the franchise had even wrapped up, Pattinson was trying to shed the perception people had of him – as a sparkling vampire in an adaptation of a young adult fiction novel – by taking on roles in more experimental movies. The first sign of this was when he played Eric Packer in Cosmopolis, the thriller directed by David Cronenberg, who is known for his visually stunning be equally as disturbing movies such as The Fly and The Thing. The actor’s collaboration with Cronenberg didn’t end there as they worked together on Maps To The Stars, which featured an ensemble cast including Julianne Moore and John Cusack. After that, Pattinson worked with the directing duo the Safdie brothers on Good Time, and with Robert Eggers on The Lighthouse, two of his most acclaimed performances to date.
In smaller circles, the actor is known for playing the guitar on the single “Birds” by the extremely secretive Sacramento industrial rap band Death Grips. His collaboration with the band was extremely bemusing to fans of both the band and fans of the actor, adding to both of their artistic and strange resumes. And most recently, Pattinson has made headlines for being cast as the new version of world’s greatest detective, Batman, on the big screen.
When did Robert Pattinson make it?
Despite claiming that if he wasn’t starring in the series then he would hate it, the Twilight franchise has done wonders for Pattinson’s bank account. The amount that Pattinson earned for starring in the final two Twilight movies is shocking. The actor was awarded $25 million for Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Breaking Dawn – Part 2 together, which is one of the highest ever salaries for an actor of such a young age, being 24 at the time of shooting the movies. Not only that, but the actor earned a percentage of the movie’s profits, and all totaled up it is reported that he has earned a massive $41 million from the two movies.
For the actor’s upcoming role in The Batman, he will be taking home $5 million, which is rather modest compared to the salaries attached to superhero movies these days. However, it is very possible that, just like he had with Breaking Dawn, Pattinson will receive a percentage of the take home profit of the movie.
In 2013, Pattinson returned to modelling as he was announced to be the new face of Dior Homme fragrance, the actor and fashion brand most have sparked a great working relationship because in 2016 the brand announced that he would be the very first ambassador of Dior Homme menswear, appearing in a range of advertising campaigns and print collection campaigns. Though it is unclear how much of a salary comes with being the Dior Homme ambassador, it’s likely to be in the millions.
What makes him so successful?
A lot of Pattinson’s success comes from his genes, as being tall, dark, and handsome landed him a bunch of modelling gigs when he was younger and has helped him score several movie roles, especially as Edward Cullen. However, his physique also got him in to trouble among dedicated Batman fanatics when he explained in an interview that he had no interest in working out. As Bruce Wayne is an iconic character known for being shredded, the actor maddened a lot of the fan base.
What is most interesting about the actor and how he has become so successful in Hollywood is the way he chooses his movie roles and how he is completely unapologetic. Trying to escape the effect that Twilight had on him, rather than diving into another franchise just to appease fans of the young adult novels, he attempted and succeeded to reroute his career by taking on roles in low budget indie movies. Pattinson has seen a ton of success from this, being praised by critics who once chastised him for starring in The Twilight Saga.
Even in his younger years, he was earnest and did what he wanted. Not being persuaded by the sight of dollar signs, he turned down modelling for Burberry after they offered him an upfront fee of one million dollars in 2010.
After having a huge part in two billion-dollar franchises and a third one on the horizon, Robert Pattinson has subtly accrued an estimated net worth of over $100 million. Though the actor has his hands full playing the caped crusader, he still has a lot of projects to tide fans over until its October 2021 release date. Pattinson has a starring role in the upcoming Christopher Nolan movie, Tenet, and he will also star alongside Tom Holland in the psychological thriller, The Devil All The Time.