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WHAT? – Toronto International Film Festival – HIGH LIFE World Premiere
WHERE? – Toronto, Ontario – CANADA
WHEN? Sunday 9th of October – Red Carpet 8PM ET/5PM PT/1AM UK Time On September 10th/2AM CT On September 10th – Premiere 9:30PM ET/6:30PM PT/2:30AM UK Time On September 10th/3:30AM CT On September 10th

 

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Of course everyone thought it should be a science fiction actor, like an action movie actor. And I thought exactly the opposite. And then I met Robert and I must say Robert really wanted to meet me, which was very nice, but I was also a little bit surprised because for me he was a young, iconic actor and I thought it’s exactly the opposite of what I had in mind — sort of 40 years-ish actor, exhausted. And maybe I hesitated a little bit, it took me a few months and then I realized his wanting to be in the film was interesting.

I was not flattered, on the other end I was a little bit afraid because as I said, he is an iconic actor and I wanted a sort of mysterious film, not an iconic film. But then I realized Robert was so ready to go anywhere with me. And then I realized he is a very mysterious young man.

You’re here for the cinema, and don’t care much for the glamour?
I understand the glamour, and it’s nice, in a way. It’s so nice to see Mia, so beautiful, and Robert, all the girls screaming his name. I like that much, I’ve always enjoyed that. I am like a groupie, in a way, a groupie for the actors. The other night was a little bit rough, though, yes.

I understand Robert Pattinson’s role was originally envisioned for Philip Seymour Hoffman?
[….] The casting director suggested Robert, who I first thought was too young. But he wanted to meet with me, and he said he would accept another part. I said, “No, he is too iconic. I am afraid of who he is.” I think he’s great, I had seen his movies with David Cronenberg. I knew what kind of actor he was, but he still worried me. In the end, when I met him, something changed. He was not trying to convince me. He sat on the couch, and said, “You can take me if you want. I have nothing to offer.” I was so touched. I forgot he was a beautiful young man, like a knight in the chivalry who can still be condemned to juvie for killing a kid. I saw in him virginity.

Robert has a lot of fans, many of them young and female, who are now taking more of an interest in your work because of this film. For someone who’s unfamiliar with your movies, how would you recommend they approach them?
I don’t even want to think of that! If I was afraid of Robert, that was the reason. If he convinced me, it’s because there was such naked youth in him. Pretty, professional, but so open. When we were shooting, staying in the hotel, going to the studio, there were no girls. No screaming. Just Robert.