HIS box-office pulling power is under scrutiny and his personal life in tatters but, in a strange twist, girlfriend Kristen Stewart’s infidelity may be a blessing for Robert Pattinson’s career.
The 26-year-old heart-throb has received an outpouring of support after explosive pictures, published last week, showed Stewart cheating on her Twilight co-star and boyfriend with her Snow White And The Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.
It was another massive blow to Pattinson after his two recent films, Bel Ami and Cosmopolis (opening here on Thursday), bombed with moviegoers, earning him the nickname “RIP-Patz”.
So far, Cosmopolis has grossed just $2.7 million globally since its European premiere in May, while the period drama Bel Ami has earned only $118,000 in the US in the past two months.
Stewart, on the other hand, was riding high. The 22-year-old is currently Hollywood’s highest-earning star and her most recent flick, Snow White, was a blockbuster. But, in only a matter of days, she’s become a “home wrecker” after her affair with Sanders, a 41-year-old married father-of-two, was revealed in US Weekly. A witness told the magazine Stewart and Sanders were “making out” like teenagers.
The pair were due to work with each other again on the Snow White sequel (Sanders’ wife, Liberty Ross, played Stewart’s mother in the first instalment) – a project that is now in serious jeopardy.
Stewart’s Snow White co-star, Chris Hemsworth, was stunned at news of the affair, telling Insider on Thursday: “I can’t comment. Look, honestly, I don’t know anything.”
He also revealed the sequel is yet to be given the green light.
“I’ve signed on to it but that doesn’t mean we make it,” he said. “They plan to make another one, they’re pretty keen, and the first one was certainly successful enough.”
And while Stewart’s career is in trouble, Pattinson’s could be resuscitated, as public sympathy swings his way.
On the same day last week that Stewart begged Pattinson for forgiveness for her “momentary indiscretion” via a public statement (“I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry”), his next project, Australian film The Rover, was given the go-ahead to begin filming.
The futuristic Western, set in the desert, also stars Guy Pearce, with acclaimed Animal Kingdom director David Michod at the helm.
But next is the final film in the mega Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn Part 2, in which Stewart and Pattinson play a pair of married vampires.
Filmink editor Erin Free believes Stewart’s affair could have an impact on the film’s revenue when it premieres in Australia on November 15.
“The box-office results might take a hit, but not a dive,” he said.
“But the hardcore Twilight fans will certainly want to rock up to see how it all ends on screen.”
Pattinson has now moved out of the LA mansion he shared with Stewart, according to People. A source told the US mag: “I’m not sure they’ll be able to recover from this.”
But maybe Pattinson’s career will.