“It’s kind of insane,” the 33-year-old actor said in an interview. “I was so far away from ever thinking it was a realistic prospect. I literally do not understand how I’ve got it, at all”.
It was not just Pattinson who was the one surprised by the casting call. After news broke that he had landed the role, several movie lovers took to Twitter to share their mixed reactions. While the actors said the backlash was “less vitriolic” than he expected, he seemed to almost thrive on the response.
“It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog,” Pattinson said. “There’s no expectation of you.”
Still, there were plenty of people who believed in his acting abilities, including his director for ‘The Lighthouse’ Robert Eggers.
“Even in the Twilight years I never said, ‘Oh, he’s just a pretty boy,'” Eggers said. “I always thought there was something interesting about him. I could tell that he wanted to be a great actor. And in the past years, it’s
been very clear that he is.”
It also didn’t hurt that his Lighthouse co-star, Willem Dafoe, thought he has the jaw for it. TimesofIndia