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Robert Pattinson wonders what Twihards want

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Known for world-class photography and expertly written articles, Vanity Fair has delivered again. April’s cover story, “Escape from the Twilight Zone” showcases international mega-star Robert Pattinson. The lengthy feature focuses on the drawbacks of fame, and finds the Brit wondering what, exactly, his zealous fans want.

Reads the article, “They follow him to movie sets around the world like Deadheads, sometimes leaving jobs and families to hike the Twilight trail. When he dyed his hair a shade of red in January of this year, they dyed theirs in solidarity. “A 17-year-old girl in Australia hacked into my e-mail while I was on it,” says Pattinson. “Then a 15-year-old girl in England did the same thing.” He told his lawyers to sue.”

One would hope that, after nearly three years of international fame, Twilight “fandemonium” might have died down—but it seems that the frenzy has not. It didn’t matter to Twihards last summer that Pattinson wasn’t even shooting a Twilight film—they still showed up on the set of “Water for Elephants”.

“I think it’s really annoying for him,” said director Francis Lawrence. “…riding down the road to the set it was like Woodstock. Cars for two miles. People camped in the grass. We were having dinner at the hotel in a private room, and they were clamoring up to the windows, so the waiters shut the blinds. So they just start screaming and banging on the windows, clawing at the windows. And then you hear this desperate voice: ‘Rob! I just want to touch your hair!’

“It is weird,” said Pattinson to Vanity Fair’s Nancy Jo Sales, trying to make sense of it all. “You have to wonder, What do they want?,”

For the full article, head to the Vanity Fair web site, or pick up a copy of the April issue, which is currently on newsstands.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz, exclusively for Vanity Fair

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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One Comment

  • March 6, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think Francis Lawrence is wrong in saying it’s annoying to him. I have seen Rob at number of events surrounded by fans. He looks and sounds rather embarrassed and lost than annoyed. He usually ignores his handlers who try to rush him and stays behind to sign tons of autographs which shows his appreciation for fans. He is really trying to please people and make them happy in any way he can though apparently he doesn’t get this fascination with his persona because he perceives himself as a regular or even boring guy. Also, I have read and listened to lots of his interviews and he would say he finds fans’ attention weird since he doesn’t understands the reasons behind it except that they may project the love for the character of Edward Cullen onto him but Rob never described fans as annoying.

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