16 Performances That Prove Robert Pattinson Isn’t Just ‘The Twilight Guy’

Robert Pattinson has always been a stellar actor. He just needed some projects that reflected that. And yes, while most of us started with Robert Pattinson during the peak Twilight era, he has since become a celebrated performer in big-budget and indie circuits. Not only can he act, but he’s worked on soundtracks and even dabbled in voice acting.

Typecasting Robert Pattinson as a teen heartthrob could’ve stifled his career, but instead, it only shows just how variable his range is. So today, let’s look at some of the many performances by Robert Pattinson that prove he isn’t just a YA has-been!

1. The Childhood of a Leader

The Childhood Of A Leader.
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Scion Pictures.

 

An Anglo-French production on the rise of a dictator and how they show signs of being enabled for their tendencies as children would be a hard sell to anyone, but somehow The Childhood Of A Leader made it work. It’s a very dark watch, with elements of abuse, murder, and even fascism post World War I, but Robert Pattinson’s stellar performance as Charles Marker was widely acclaimed.

2. Tenet

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Tenet is probably one of Robert Pattinson’s most interesting body of work, with its sci-fi setting written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Initially, it performed poorly due to being one of the few movies to be released during the pandemic. Still, Pattinson’s acting combined with Nolan’s world-building has made it a modern cult classic constantly referred to as a ‘time traveling James Bond flick’.

3. The King

Robert Pattinson in The King (2019).
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Honestly, give Robert Pattinson more period drama roles because he kills it in them every single time. And The King is no exception. Despite his side character role in the movie, Robert Pattinson holds his own as the Dauphin Of France, playing up the arrogant aristocratic king who is the antagonist foil to Timothee Chalamet’s Hal. This is one of the few times we’ve seen Pattinson play the villain, and he does it justice.

4. The Devil All the Time

The Devil All The Time: Robert Pattinson as Preston Teagardin.
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Speaking of villains, Robert Pattinson in The Devil All The Time was just as haunting as you’d expect. And really, is it any surprise by now that he’d play the charismatic but monstrous character archetype well? Over here, he’s a frightening preacher who grooms a teenager and leads her to commit suicide. While the movie itself is a harrowing ride, his performance as Reverend Preston was praised by many.

5. Batman

Batman.
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Batman was Robert Pattinson’s biggest feature in years and it did not disappoint. While gritty reboots of beloved comic franchises aren’t something new, Batman took a turn by focusing more on the detective side of Bruce Wayne, rather than his superhero side.

And Pattinson’s performance as a still fledgling Batman, still traumatized by his past and trying to balance his personas? It was so different, setting Pattinson apart from others who have donned Batman’s cowl.

6. The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse.
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Robert Pattinson exudes the same eye-candy-to-strange-dude energy that Willem Dafoe had. So, putting the two together in a movie was a brilliant idea. That’s how The Lighthouse came to be one of Robert Pattinson’s most celebrated performances to date.

It’s a bizarre adaptation of a story by Edgar Allan Poe, with a trippy cinematic direction that shocked many when it premiered. This movie alone cemented Pattinson as an amazing actor who was here to stay.

7. The Rover

The Rover.
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What appeals to a lot of people is just how variable an actor Robert Pattinson can be. This was evident early on in his career when he went from protective Edward Cullen to the weak Reynolds, a man stuck in a dystopian wasteland with no actual skills of his own to stand on.

How he navigates the landscape alongside Eric, a much more traditionally gritty main lead, is exactly what bagged him awards for Best Supporting Character in 2014.

8. Little Ashes

Little Ashes.
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APT Films.

 

Another period drama, Little Ashes stars Robert Pattinson as the illustrious Salvador Dali who ends up entangled in an affair with Fredrico Garcia Lorca, a famed poet. While the movie had potential, it fell short of truly actualizing its subject matter of repressed sexuality and tragic love. However, young Robert Pattinson was lauded for his portrayal.

9. Good Time

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Robert Pattinson’s skill at portraying somewhat damaged characters is probably why Good Time did as well as it did. This crime thriller chronicled his character trying to bail his brother out of a bank robbery gone wrong, showcasing a side to New York that is somehow even grizzlier than what it’s known for.

But Pattinson’s performance in the protagonist’s role was so good, that Good Time went on to be in the running for a prestigious prize in the Canned Film Festival.

10. High Life

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Alcatraz Films.

 

A group of criminals sent on a mission that is practically a suicide in deep space? And Robert Pattinson is in it? Say less! High Life is a deep take on just how far humanity can be pushed when it’s on the cusp of extinction, and the dangers of treating said humanity as an experiment.

Initially thought of as too young to play the role of Monte, Pattinson impressed director Caire Denis with his dedication to the craft.

11. Cosmopolis

Cosmopolis.
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While Cosmopolis itself didn’t do extremely well at the box office, it benefitted from Pattison’s performance as the main lead, Eric Packer. The idea of capitalism eventually destroying the rich themselves was a heavy topic to portray, but Robert Pattinson delivers when playing Packer, a billionaire who sees his wealth vanish before his eyes.

12. The Boy and The Heron

The Boy and The Heron
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By this point, Robert Pattinson’s acting skills have become globally acknowledged. So, when Studio Ghibli announced their cast for the Western release of The Boy And The Heron, it wasn’t surprising to see Pattinson’s name amongst other stars such as Florence Pugh.

But while most expected a smooth debonair voice-acting performance, we got something almost Willem Dafoe-esque. Pattison voiced the Heron, and he had a ton of fun with making him sound as troll-like as possible.

13. Water for Elephants

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As much as Robert Pattinson does well with extremely complex roles, there is something to be said about his more romantic movies. After all, being swoon-worthy was one of his main appeals and Water For Elephants aimed to capitalize on that.

This romantic comedy did okay numbers upon release, but Pattinson fans couldn’t get enough of his portrayal as the gentle souled veterinarian.

14. Damsel

Damsel. (L-R) Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie and Brooke Carter as Floria in Damsel.
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More roles that Robert Pattinson should sign up for are comedic ones. Robert Pattinson is known in the starlet circles for his odd sense of humor that ends up working well in Damsel, a movie that feels like a spaghetti western crossed over with a black comedy.

Pattinson plays the main lead trying to get a wedding horse across the Wild West for his lover, who doesn’t love him back.

15. How To Be

How To Be.
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How To Be Films.

 

Sure it’s amazing to see Robert Pattinson do all these larger-than-life characters. But there is something so different about his character in How To Be. Seeing someone like him go through a quarter-life crisis and move back with his parents was oddly comforting.

However, that speaks more to his acting prowess than the movie itself, considering all the awards it gained thanks to the praise Pattinson got.

16. Life

Life.
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Oddly enough, Robert Pattinson seems to have done several semi-biographical movies, and Life is no exception. Over here, he is the celebrated Life photographer, Dennis Stock and his relationship with actor, James Dean.

The movie itself is pretty on par with other biography-style movies, but what stands out is Pattinson’s performance as the cutthroat Stock, where his intensity shines through.

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Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998),
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