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“He’s in every second of this movie,” Giamatti said of Pattinson while promoting “The Ides of March” at the Toronto International Film Festival. “The whole thing is him.”
That’s a lot of pressure for a young actor who has shined in the “Twilight” films and taken on romantic dramas like “Remember Me” and “Water for Elephants,” yet has never worked with such dark, cerebral material — and a director so comfortable with such things. Nonetheless, Giamatti says Pattinson nailed the role.
“He seemed absolutely great. It’s a very, very tricky part, and he was really at home with it,” he told us. “I was really impressed.”
The novel intercuts, every so often, the psychotic musings of Benno Levin, the character played by Giamatti. “I get to stalk him,” the actor told us at Sundance back in January.
That’s not all he does. We’ll leave it at that, lest we dive into spoiler territory. But the story gets dark. Really dark. And that’s right up Cronenberg’s alley, a director who made his name in the horror genre and has lately taken on brashly violent material like “Eastern Promises.” Cronenberg the man, however, is very different than Cronenberg the filmmaker, Giamatti assured us.
“[He's an] incredibly sane man, when you think about the movies he makes,” he said. “He’s an incredibly grounded and sweet, sane guy. It was pure pleasure. I had a great time doing it. I’m a big fan of his, so that was a very exciting thing.”