Why Robert Pattinson Almost Punched Director Robert Eggers on Set

by Jeremy Spirogis
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On the set of the 2019 movie, The Lighthouse, star Robert Pattinson says he virtually got here to blows with the movie’s director, Robert Eggers. Things received intense throughout filming of the darkish, brooding film, to the purpose that the Twilight star was virtually pushed to violence.

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Perhaps it was filming on a secluded island on such a disturbing movie that in the end received to the actor.

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What ‘The Lighthouse’ is about

Based initially on one in all American author Edgar Allan Poe’s closing, unfinished tales, The Lighthouse is about on a distant New England island on the finish of the nineteenth century. Two lighthouse keepers, the youthful, in-training one performed by Pattinson and the irritable, older one portrayed by veteran actor Willem Dafoe, reside on the island.

Filmed in black and white in a small Nova Scotia fishing village, The Lighthouse chronicles the keepers’ sluggish descent into madness.

Robert Pattinson (left) and Willem Dafoe (proper) in ‘The Lighthouse’

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Dafoe spoke with Time in 2019 concerning the movie, what it’s about on the floor, and at a deeper stage.

“On one level,” Dafoe says, “it’s a very simple story: two guys, trapped in a lighthouse, they run out of food, they start to drink, they go crazy, they get aggressive with each other. The end. But it’s also about identity, it’s about belief. So I think it has deep roots. They’re articulated in the images and in the actions, which are very specific. I just find it really beautiful.”

The director and his brother wrote the script

Based, as talked about, on one in all Poe’s unfinished tales, which in flip was based mostly on a “true-ish” occasion, because the director advised Rolling Stone, the script for The Lighthouse was began by Robert Eggers’ brother, screenwriter Max Eggers. The brothers picked up on it collectively, collaborating on the script for the movie.

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“[T]he younger man had a sordid past,” Robert defined, “and was known for being violent, and the men got into a lot of rows in the lighthouse. So I used that as well. But the ending of that true story — I just don’t know how true it is, because the end of it is like a folk tale, or something out of Edgar Allan Poe.”

“The old guy dies of a heart attack, and the young guy’s afraid he’s going to be accused of murdering him. So he ties the body to the side of the lighthouse to somehow tell people that there’s a problem. . . And then the corpse of the old man keeps tapping on the window.”

Robert Pattinson virtually punched director Robert Eggers

Given the creepy nature of the movie, its depth, and Pattinson’s bent for immersing himself in his roles, it’s really comprehensible to see how the actor might have turn out to be overly immersed within the position of a lighthouse keeper about to lose his thoughts.

Eggers advised The Verge in 2019 that he expects so much from his actors and typically issues can get heated.

“They’re very talented actors, and I cast them because I knew they could do this. But I need certain things. . . they knew they’d have to relinquish some of themselves to my approach for the film to possibly succeed.”

Pattinson, chatting together with his costar Dafoe for Interview, defined that circumstances on the distant island, coupled with the director’s approaches at instances, drove him practically to punching the person on the helm of the film.

“That’s the closest I’ve come to punching a director. However much I love Robert [Eggers], there was a point where I did five takes walking across the beach, and after a while I was like, ‘What the f*** is going on? I feel like you’re just spraying a fire hose in my face.’ And he was like, ‘I am spraying a fire hose in your face.’ It was like some kind of torture. It definitely creates an interesting energy.”

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