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Pattinson gets dark for next role
By KEVIN WILLIAMSON, QMI Agency


After three Twilights, Bella Swan is still a virgin. Which is one more virgin than you can expect to find in Robert Pattinson's forthcoming, sex-filled period piece Bel Ami, co-starring Uma Thurman.

"It's about a character called Georges Duroy, who is a broke ex-soldier in Paris in 1890. Basically, he has no drive. He's just jealous of everything. I quite liked the story," Pattinson says, describing his role as "a completely amoral, evil character."

Despite the European period setting, he also believes the themes are universal.

"Kids nowadays, everyone feels entitled. You see someone who wants to do a job, but they don't want to do an entry level job. 'I want $100,000 a year as soon as I'm out of the gate.'

"That's exactly what this guy is like. But he's completely talentless. The only thing he does is, by accident, he finds this guy he's in the army with in a brothel, and this other guy wants to impress him, so he gives (Georges) some money and invites him around.

"It ends up being like he invited the devil into his house. (Georges) seduces his wife and seduces all his wife's friends. Every single influential woman he can get, he has an affair with. And he ends up screwing over the entire society and making millions and millions of francs " It's a story about how the s---s can completely win sometimes, just by doing absolutely nothing and stabbing everybody in the back."

ROAD WARRIOR: Before the two sequels based on Breaking Dawn begin a six-month shoot later this year, Twilight's Kristen Stewart first has to complete "beatnik boot camp." It's in preparation for her role as Marylou in an adaptation of the literary classic On the Road. "It was my first favourite book and that character is iconic. Walter Salles is directing it. I'm a huge fan of his," she says of the director of The Motorcycle Diaries.

The boot camp, which begins in July after she's done promoting Eclipse, is expected to last four weeks. "It's a small movie, too, so four weeks of rehearsal is, like, crazy-cool."

HORRIBLE NEWS: One of Kevin Spacey's earliest -- and most venomous -- starring turns was as the Hollywood agent from hell in 1994's Swimming with Sharks. Now 16 years later, the Hollywood trades report Spacey has joined the promisingly titled Horrible Bosses. The black comedy is about three friends who decide to kill one another's bosses. Think Strangers on a Train meets Office Space.

Along with Spacey, the cast includes Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx.

SHADOW OF A RUMOUR: Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Not David Slade, director of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Although Internet reports have suggested Slade, who also helmed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night, was going to direct a new version of The Shadow, he says that's not the case. "I'm not going to do The Shadow. That's complete, fictitious rumour. Like many of the Twilight ones out there, it's total fiction."

The Shadow dates back to the 1930s of pulp crime fiction and radio serials. If the new project eventually does find a director, it won't be the first time the crime-fighting hero has been adapted for the big screen. A 1994 film starred Alec Baldwin, but failed to ignite much interest from audiences.

kevin.williamson@sunmedia.ca




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