It Turns Out Robert Pattinson Is a Massive Fan of Australian Film
In The Rover, Robert Pattinson turns in a beautiful and affected performance that's had critics raving about the role. Pattinson plays Rey, a simple-minded American who's in Australia "10 years after The Collapse" and gets caught up in Eric's (Guy Pearce) mission to get his car back after it was stolen by three men; the only reason Eric doesn't kill Rey right away is because Rey's brother is one of the car thieves. What follows is a dangerous and often violent road trip across the Australian outback as Eric does whatever it takes to get his car back.
The Rover is the follow-up feature from Australian director David Michôd, who earned international acclaim for his 2010 drama Animal Kingdom, which scored Jacki Weaver an Oscar nomination and gave her profile a massive boost in the US. At a press conference for The Rover, Pattinson said he had an "amazing" time making the movie. He told media: "I think it was a really special crew. It was quite harsh, where we were. Also, having everyone on location — no one, to my knowledge, fell out with each other. It was the first time I've worked properly on location with everyone, so I think that was nice as well, it felt like there was a unity. I was trying to get into Australian movies for a long time before I got this. I'm not sure why — I think it's a really confident, vibrant industry. And vital. I had a really good experience."
Working with the household name also proved to be a massive "learning curve" for Michôd, who took The Rover from Cannes to Sydney and now America. At the Australian premiere of the movie, we caught up with Michôd on the red carpet to get his take on directing Pattinson. Keep scrolling for what he had to say.