Don’t call R Patz “R Patz"
Robert Pattinson is a person who cares about public opinion, would like to someday be taken seriously as an actor, and hates his abbreviated moniker.
In a recent article with The Guardian, he spoke about his drastic departure from the Twilight franchise by taking the lead in the commercially questionable, highly artistic, latest release from David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis.
Though the film is being well received, apparently Pattinson thrives on negative press, “Nothing ever matters to me apart from the people with negative opinions. That's literally it. That always drives me on to the next thing. “
He then mentioned obsessively hitting the refresh button on his phone to read the critics opinions while he was recently at the Cannes Film Festival with the film.
Now lets get to the sound bite we all really care about: "When I got this part," he says, "every single article that came out, was, 'R-Patz's struggle for credibility!'; I don't understand who invented that thing, 'R-Patz', I want to strangle them.”
In an interview with USA Today in December, Scarlett Johansson had beef with her nickname as well…. Which let’s be honest, is really ugly for such a pretty girl, it sound like a rash.
ScarJo attributes the trend to “laziness.” She goes on, "People can't actually say the whole name? It's just bizarre."
So the point is, if you’re a do or die Twi-Hard and you happen upon R-Patz like, you know, chilling out at the local coffee shop in some disheveled layers of 100% cotton with a sleepy stare, and you just must get him to sign something, don’t be lazy.
Approach him with a well-thought out statement about his abilities, and do it formally: Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson. Or just call him Edward, he’s probably used to answering to that.