Rob graces the cover of the March issue of Details magazine following the much talked about and long awaited photo shoot and interview. The lengthy interview includes Rob talking about dealing with fame, his thoughts on being an actor, what attracted him to his role in Remember Me, his experience with a particular elephant while in discussions to star in Water for Elephants, and a lot more. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Rob’s hunger is more than merely metaphorical. He orders two entrees—the mini beef burgers with tomato-and-onion relish and the mini chicken burgers with mango chutney—along with another pint. “I eat so much, I’m like a compulsive eater. I’ve been eating room service, and I’m always really worried about it, so I choose like six things on the menu and eat them all.”
He doesn’t want to miss anything, which implies a hint of regret. He didn’t always want to be an actor. He modeled. He’s a talented guitarist and keyboard player who has toyed with following his older sister Lizzy into pop music. But he’s a serious type, and his most serious aspirations involved political speech writing. “It’s fascinating. You’d have two or three minutes to affect someone. Make them hear you. Get the message out and maybe it will echo. I quite enjoyed doing press for the first Twilight, because there was a similarity. But after a bit I was ladling it out. If you want people to listen to you, you’d better have something to say. I felt a responsibility to be fascinating. You’re bargaining with the audience. Is this enough for them? And that affects the way you look at art.”
Art. It’s illogical to think he’s not allowed to have ideas about it merely because he has helped a lot of people make a lot of money.
“Before, I felt like I couldn’t break through anything, including myself. And now it feels a bit as though I’ve climbed along the side of my brain and am at least looking in. But I know it will take me at least another 10 years before I’m remotely satisfied with anything I do. But with acting you keep trying in the hopes you might be . . . great. But then I think, does wanting to be good or even great, or even just wanting to make art, cheapen the experience?”
Read the full interview here. They’ve also posted images from the photo shoot and a video compilation of images. As a warning, the interview and images contain some mature content (including nudity, foul language, adult topics). Details promises more exclusive images from the photo shoot next week.