Robert Pattinson says he understands paps after playing one in new film: ‘I was filled with self-loathing’

Robert Pattinson says he’s got a new-found understanding for the paparazzi thanks to his role as a photographer in new film Life, but it looked like the 28-year-old actor wanted to be anywhere but in front of the cameras as he premiered his new film during the 65th International Film Festival in Berlin on Monday.

Rob plays the photographer who helped make James Dean an icon in the 1950s, in rock photographer Anton Corbijn’s fourth film. Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock befriended the Rebel Without a Cause star in 1955, shooting his fame into the stratosphere just seven months before the actor died in a car crash aged 24.

Life premiered out of competition at the renowned Berlin film festival last night, with Rob walking the red carpet with Corbijn and Dane DeHaan, who plays Dean in the film. The ex Twilight star was keen to tell press that he’s got a better level of understanding for the paps who have blighted his personal life since he shot to fame playing Edward Cullen, and thanks to his offscreen romance with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart. “I do feel like being a paparazzi for a second – I do empathise with their plight,” Rob told press, but then he added of going over the enemy lines: “I was filled with self-loathing, wretchedness — I wanted to really kind of harm myself at the end of every day.” Ouch, perhaps that explains why Rob was looking so glum on the red carpet?

Robert Pattinson premieres his new film Life at the Berlin Film Festival

Robert Pattinson sparkles on the Berlin Film Festival red carpet (Splash News)

The actor explained that he had gone through his own “James Dean phase” in his teens, before getting his big break, which is why he was drawn to the role. “It is someone who’s trying to be an artist and his fear of not being as good an artist as he thinks he is the most debilitating part of his life. That’s quite a sort of timeless story,” he pointed out.

Cheer up Rob! (Splash News)

During his night in Berlin, Rob announced his next project. He’ll be reuniting with his co-star in The Rover and Mia Wasitkowska, who he starred with in Maps to the Stars, for upcoming thriller Brimstone. The Brit will play “an outlaw who has a crucial influence on this tale of retribution,” according to Variety. He’s certainly racking up the varied roles post-Twilight!