Robert Pattinson wasn't talking "Twilight" at the Cannes Film Festival news conference for "Cosmopolis." The film's director, David Cronenberg, seemed to want to keep the blood-sucker talk to a minimum.
Pattinson is a "real person," Cronenberg said -- the inference: unlike Edward Cullen, that white-faced, golden-eyed heartthrob of the "Twilight" saga.
In the new movie, premiering at Cannes on Friday, Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a Wall Street financier. (Hey, Edward Cullen had plenty of money too. Remember that house? Those cars?)
As 24 Frames puts it, Packer is a "troubled billionaire who is watching the world implode around him from his limousine." Packer elicits intrigue and respect but isn't liked very much. (That's reminiscent of Edward Cullen too! High schoolers held him in awe but kept their distance.)