Have you ever asked yourself how you have gotten so far in the field you’ve chosen when you don’t really know what you are doing? Perhaps other people are a testament to how good you really are at what you do but then self-doubt usually almost gets to us.
Take a look at Robert Pattinson, who believes he doesn’t know how to act. Of course, he has 15 strong years in the entertainment industry that clearly prove how talented he is in front of the camera.
We have come to love the dapper actor for playing Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter franchise, acting alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. Then, he starred as the very mysterious and sparkly yet charming vampire in the romance films Twilight.
Despite his film credits, Robert admits he doesn’t really know what he’s doing and in fact, he is always nervous whenever he has to act. He doesn’t just practice self-awareness, the 33-year-old described himself as a catastrophist who always anticipates the worst that could happen so when it finally does, at least he is prepared.
Robert also has some weird beliefs born out of his insecurity: he doesn’t prepare much before filming because he is afraid that if he showcases good acting when the cameras are not rolling, he may not be able to recreate the same quality of delivery.
Secrets to Acting
But despite his reservations about his capabilities, he has some tricks up his sleeve for effective acting. In The Lighthouse, where he played Ephraim Winslow, an apprentice of William Defoe’s character, he had to resort to extreme ways in order to get into character.
The star literally licked mud an hour before his scene was up, forced himself to throw up, or punched his face for his portrayal. This, Robert said, was an attempt to make the scenes look real.
However, the process of gagging to the point of vomiting had shocked people behind the camera because he still had his mic on. His unconventional process may be eyebrow-raising but it certainly paid off because there have been rumors that this could earn him awards nods.
Plus, The Lighthouse has been well-received, much to Robert’s surprise, of course. However, this just shows just how skilled he is when it comes to this craft.
Add to that, he is the next Batman, regardless of fans’ reservations. Of all the actors that played the Caped Crusader, Robert indeed has big shoes to fill.