Let's talk about Cosmopolis. It's a game-changer for you...
I saw it and I liked it. I don't normally like my stuff but I didn't really recognise myself.
How did David Cronenberg guide your performance?
We both started out not really knowing exactly what it was about but knowing it was interesting. I was trying to prepare for it, but the time it felt most right [while filming] was when you didn't know what you were doing. David had this uncanny sense of seeing when I didn't know what I was doing and that was always the take that he liked.
There's a scene where you have an anal examination...
David told me that the shot was going to be from between my legs. He knew I was a young actor trying to look I was willing to do anything for the job. He was like, "I want to shoot it... and just cup the frame with your balls at the top." I genuinely believed him and had to go to his trailer and say, "I dunno if I can do that..."
Was taking the film out ot Cannes a validation for you?
It's amazing. I was so terrified to do it at the beginning and thought I was going to f*** it up and everyone's going to say "Cronenberg's sold out..." so to get it at Cannes is the coolest thing ever. Getting the movie, getting it to Cannes and getting the movie I got recently are three of the happiest moments of my life.
Speaking of the next movie...
I'm doing Mission: Blacklist with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire who made Johnny Mad Dog. Hopefully that'll shoot in Iraq, which will be fun. Then I'm doing Rover with [Animal Kingdom's] David Michôd.
And Breaking Dawn: Part 2 - what can fans expect?
It's one of the funniest ones out of all of them. I think Bill [Condon, director] has really captured the absurdity of it.
Will it be a relief not to go back to being Edward Cullen?
A relief not to put the contact lenses in. It's been absolutely awful having those stupid things in my eyes. Even if they said, "We'll give you a billion dollars to do ti again," I don't now that I'd want to!