If you haven't already heard before, the Twilight star Robert Pattinson who plays everyone's beloved character - Edward Cullen, is not exactly a fan of the popular franchise. He has publicly expressed his hate for the Twilight saga, specifically talking about his role as the famous vampire heartthrob.
In one interview to Empire Magazine, Pattinson said "The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that's how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself." And guess what? He was almost fired for refusing to act happy, and act the way he first did! There could have been a totally different actor portraying Edward Cullen. I wonder what that would have been like - maybe a little bit weird since Edward has been engraved in our mind as Robert Pattinson.
During an interview with Howard Sten on Sirius XM show, Pattison talked about the seriousness in his acting getting to the point where he was nearly fired from the first movie. He refused to show any emotions for his role, and focused on more of a 'Emo' character, which we pretty much saw in his eyes during the movie. According to Pattinson, he started playing out the role that way as he wanted to show the sullen and monstrous personality of the 105 year old Vampire, and also because he thinks that teenagers are pretty much stupid.
“If you’re going into a relationship with someone, the way to make it really intense is if like you can barely talk to each other, you can barely touch each other, it’s incredibly serious all the time, it’s kind of what teenage relationships are,” said Pattinson, “But everyone kind of wanted it to be, like, ‘No, they should just be, like, happy and having fun. That’s what people want.’”
He went onto say that the way he portrayed the role got so bad, his agents came to the set themselves and warned him: "You have to do the opposite of what you’re doing now or you’re going to get fired today." Then the producers gave him a copy of Stephenie Meyer's twilight with passages where Edward smiled, highlighted. Nevertheless Pattison was not one to hide his hate that easily, he sent the book back to them after highlighting passages where Edward scowls.
Eventually, Pattison compromised and played his role much better than he first intended to (and did).