Can Robert Pattinson save “Cosmopolis” from itself?
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: If everything Robert Pattinson touches turns to gold, will the British mega-star work his alchemy on “Cosmopolis”? The 2003 novel is considered to be one of author Don DeLillo’s weakest works, and its current revival has cultivated a new crop of unflattering reviews.
“My Mind is Blown, and Not in a Good Way” read a recent headline from the Robert Pattinson fan blog, “Rob My World”, which is hosting a chapter-by-chapter readalong of DeLillo’s text. The abysmal three-star Amazon.com rating—not to mention similar critical commentary—corroborates widespread doubts about the quality of the book. Reviews like these stand apart from those of the novels corresponding to Pattinson’s earlier films; “Water for Elephants” was a New York Times Bestseller and “The Twilight Saga” was internationally renowned.
Perhaps it was not the story, but the character, who compelled Pattinson to take the role. Protagonist Eric Parker is a far cry from the moody centenarean vampire, depression-era circus veterinarian, and 19th-century social climber the actor will play in current films. And, in place of a lengthy story, DeLillo’s cocky, multi-billionaire financier will suffer a (frankly unrealistic) barrage of misfortunes during the course of a single limousine ride. With supporting actors like Paul Giamatti and Keira Knightley (who is rumored to have been cast to replace a pregnant Marion Cotillard) to complement Pattinson’s performance, the film project is likely to surpass the book.
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