With production only just starting up again on a few movies and TV shows it falls to the marketing departments to keep a constant drip feed of news coming. With no trailers and set pics they need to do something to keep the in-flight productions in the public consciousness.
This has resulted in a notable increase in cast and crew interviews, especially as these can be conducted while socially distancing.
One movie definitely getting itself out there despite no shooting happening is The Batman.
Alfred actor Andy Serkis was doing the rounds a few days ago to talk tone. He talked about the need to understand the character and how to find a gap, an angle, to play the role when he will already be the sixth actor of the modern era to play the role in a live action movie.
While stuck in London under lockdown with production halted nearby, Pattinson spoke to GQ about how he hopes to find a new approach to the character:
“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character.
I was watching the making of Batman & Robin the other day. And even then, George Clooney was saying that he was worried about the fact that it’s sort of been done, that a lot of the ground you should cover with the character has been already covered. And that’s in ’96, ’97?
You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version, and the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening? And also, do I have anything inside me which would work if I could do it? And then also, it’s a legacy part, right? I like that.”
Pattinson says he is confident he has found his angle and that it will be different to Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. He also said he does read what is said about him, the character and the movie online and that he finds it fascinating:
“There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened. You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energizes you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know…. It makes you a little kind of spicy.”
Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet which is still holding its July release date (so far) and is heralded as the opening shot in the fight back against COVID disruption in theatres.
Yet we know nearly nothing about it. There was a very light teaser and one deliberately vague trailer. We know the cast. We know the official synopsis says it is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.
There are very few stills. No further trailer. No TV spots and absolutely no plot leaks at all. An official tie-in book referred to it as “Nolan’s Quantum Cold War movie” and “a mind-blowing espionage thriller so unique that audiences will puzzle over its intricacies for years to come”.
Most of the Internet has pinned their theories on time-travel, given some scenes in the trailer. However in the same GQ interview Pattinson has shot that down:
“He’s not a time traveler. There’s actually no time traveling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say. [Also] this thing, it’s so insane. And in each country there’s, like, an enormous set-piece scene, which is like the climax of a normal movie. In every single country.”
He talked about the size of the crew, the scale, the location hopping and, intriguingly, the inspiration for his portrayal of his character:
“I forgot a lot of things at the beginning of the movie. I was so obsessed with watching Christopher Hitchens debates. You know Christopher Hitchens? A lot of my character stuff, I was trying to do a Chris Hitchens impersonation, and I completely forgot that I was doing that until I saw my notes. I’m so curious. I mean, I literally haven’t seen a frame of this movie.”
Director Nolan was also interviewed and chimed in regarding Pattinson:
“The interesting thing with Rob is, he’s slightly f–king with you. But he’s also being disarmingly honest. It’s sort of both things at once. When you see the film, you’ll understand. Rob’s read on the script was extremely acute. But he also understood the ambiguities of the film and the possibilities that spin off in the mind around the story. And so both things are true. Yes, he’s f–king with you, because he had a complete grasp of the script. But a complete grasp of the script, in the case of Tenet is one that understands and acknowledges the need for this film to live on in the audience’s mind, and suggest possibilities in the audience’s mind. And he was very much a partner in crime with that.”
We will see if Warner Bros. still manages to pull off that 17th July date.