Filmmaker of Twilight Catherine Hardwicke disclosed that Robert Pattinson, star of The Batman, was first passed up by Summit Entertainment for the lead role of Edward Cullen because the studio thought he wasn’t attractive enough.
The information was revealed by Hardwicke on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “When he came over to my house, he had black bangs for hair and was kind of out of shape because he was hanging out at the pub all the time” the director added, talking of her reluctance to talk about Pattinson at the time. After the actor’s audition, Hardwicke’s misgivings vanished: “I thought, ‘It works not just in person, but it works on screen.’ I had to be sure. Of course, in person, I just got carried away, but you have to be sure. Does it really translate (to the screen)?”
Following the presentation of audition cassettes that Pattinson had recorded with Kristen Stewart, his subsequent co-star, Hardwicke left Summit Entertainment doubting Pattinson’s potential for the role of Edward in Twilight. “I sent it to Summit, and he went over to meet them,” she said. “They called me back and go, ‘Do you think you can make this guy look good?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I do.’ Did you see his cheekbones? We’re doing a makeover on the hair and everything, and he’s going to start working out, and he’s going to be gorgeous.’ But they didn’t believe it at first. He walked over there with a stained shirt. It was Rob,” she specified.