cosmopolis, robert pattinson, david cronenberg

Pattinson, Cronenberg, Giamatti on the dark and daring Cosmopolis

The idea of Robert Pattinson stripping down is of course going to send girls, and women of a certain persuasion, into fits and giggles and repeated cold showers but the manner in which he, of Twilight stardom, does so is not only literal and therefore sexually charged in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, it's complicated and symbolic and necessary to pull off playing the lead in this daring and modern think piece that is bound to inspire discussion.

The wordy and darkly funny film is based on Don DeLillo's 2003 novella about icy, brilliant billionaire Eric Packer's attempt to get a haircut on a day like no other, snaking through Manhattan (though lensed in Toronto) with his fleet of white limos.

After hitting the Cannes Film Festival together, Pattinson and Cronenberg visited Toronto, with co-star and all-round stand-up dude Paul Giamatti, and revealed to Cineplex how a movie about getting a trim can make people think and why Pattinson had to stop acting to nail the character.

Watch the interview now before Cosmopolis, co-starring Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Mathieu Amalric and Kevin Durand, opens June 8.

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