Robert Pattinson's Bel Ami in marketing hell

Exclusive: Execs nervy of portraying heartthrob as a 'shit'

Robert Pattinson admits that Bel Ami is still in editing because studio honchos are worried about alienating audiences used to his goody-two-shoes persona in the Twilight franchise.

RPattz plays the titular Bel Ami in an adaptation of Maupassant's classic novel about a 19th century womanising, social-climbing journalist who sleeps his way round Paris.

Filming in the UK and Budapest opposite leading ladies Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas wrapped in spring 2010 and was originally slated for a Christmas release. It currently has no confirmed opening date.

"We were really true to the book and because the guy is basically a shit who wins everything at the end it’s really difficult to market it  – especially with me in it," Pattinson tells TF exclusively.

"Everyone’s worried that everyone’s going to be thinking, ‘Oh I want him to be nice, he’s got to be nice to all the ladies’."

Bel Ami, though, is an unrepentant cad.  "I know," laughs the Water For Elephants star, "But that was fun!"

For more on Robert Pattinson and Water For Elephants check out the latest issue of Total Film, out 14 April.

Impressed R-Patz is branching out, or should he stick to Twilight? Tell us below!


    • Hadouken76

      Mar 30th 2011, 15:53

      Well , people are goin to have to get over themselves, actors are chameleons and are not the same in everything...(exceptions: Ashton Kutcher, Zach Galfikakakakas, Orlando Bloom, Keira KNightly, Gemma Atherton,) so fair play to the lad for looking for some diversity. Hopefully people will stop calling him R-patz which sounds like a bacterial infection...then again so does Skype.

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    • nycrkfan

      Mar 30th 2011, 16:38

      This is absurd. Granted his fans didn't show up for Remember Me but that was a different situation, the ending turned a lot of people off I know from NYC. Rob or not they weren't going to see it. But what were the producers thinking when they hired him?? This was always a risk, but the integrity of the film should be paramount. This quote from Rob in the new Empire Mag says it all (after talking about Cronenberg, one of the few auters left): "The one thing that p**ses me off about working in films is when you start a project and then, suddenly, two days before you start, there's a massive rewrite to make an R-rated movie into something that's PG-13, and it's a totally different story. As soon as that line's been crossed, you know you're not making a movie anymore. You're making a...a... fridge magnet. It's nothing." So Bel Ami producers are making a fridge magnet. Great ! Sign me up! #sarcasm I feel bad for Rob, this blows.

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    • DanRose

      Mar 30th 2011, 18:12

      Why cast him then? Pathetic... bet the film is s**t, that is the real reason!

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    • oldtimemov

      Mar 30th 2011, 20:21

      Personally I think they should let the movie play as it was meant to be played. Every time an actor takes on a role they become that character. Its unfair for the audience to go into a movie and expect the actor to play the same role every time. It would not only get boring for the actor but for his/her fans also. I can't wait to see Bel Ami, I want to see Robert Pattinson to play other characters other than his vampire Edward Cullen character. I think playing a not so nice guy will be a welcome change for him and his fans.

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    • writerdave87

      Mar 30th 2011, 21:22

      Dunno what all the fuss is about, Edward Cullen is a c**t.

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