Thursday, July 8, 2010
New Article:”This is Money” Talks about Rob’s Fame and Fortune
With Twilight mania sweeping the globe it is perhaps unsurprising that vampire heartthrob Robert Pattinson, also known as Edward Cullen, has found his way onto the Sunday Times Young Millionaires List.
His new entry on the list places him at 13th place, above the likes of Charlotte Church and Cheryl Cole but below Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe.
For the uninitiated, the Twilight Saga is a series of romantic fantasy films based on novels by the American author Stephenie Meyer.
Oh, and Robert Pattinson – the bloke above done up like Robert Smith from the Cure – is its star, a worldwide sweetheart and British.
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His new found fame and fortune are still seemingly strange to him though, since he struggled diligently in acting for years.
He even admits that at one stage he was ready to give up and spent a year instead trying to break into the music business.
His first real break came along with a supporting role in the television film Curse of the Ring in 2005.
However most of the earnings from his first acting job then went towards paying off his fees for his attendance at the Harrodian School, in Barnes.
His next big break came along in the form of the role of Cedric Diggory, a character in the Harry Potter films. However, this temporary character was nothing in comparison to the Twilight persona he would go on to create. Despite being a highly sought-after role, it failed to contribute greatly to his bank balance.
Twilight was the defining moment that cemented his place in the hearts and minds of millions of people, as well as bumping his bank balance considerably.
When he first undertook the role of Edward Cullen he was paid an already hefty $2m (approximately £1.3m) and by the time the mass hysteria of fandom had kicked in, the second instalment saw both him and co-star Kristen Stewart receive around six times their original fee with £7.9m each.
According to E! he garnered between £8m and £9.2m for his reprisal of the role in the third instalment.
However, unlike most other celebrities, even those who haven’t rocketed up the rich list, Pattinson appears to have no real yearning for material goods.
He noted that throughout the last three years he has spent much of it staying in hotels and when he’s back at home in England he happily stays with his family.
He hasn’t invested in a mansion or an apartment in a trendy area of a capital city – instead he considered buying a house in Hollywood but opted to refrain, for the level-headed, perhaps pessimistic reason that ‘I don’t even know if I’ll be working next year.’
Far from being out of work, he is inundated with it. Aside from his more independent films in which he is attempting a carve out a different name for himself, the role of Edward Cullen pays well. With the release of Eclipse, the third film in the series, attention has turned to the final film.
That movie, Breaking Dawn is set to be split into two films and it is yet to be announced how much he earned from these although it is reported that the cast all demanded raises.
It is perhaps this guarantee of work that inspired him to be a little more decadent with his money and rent an apartment in LA which is also furnished with rented furniture.
Not only has he not bought himself a mansion or squandered money on meaningless frivolities, but he drove his old car, a 1989 BMW until it died, literally, in flames. He finally rented an Audi S4 convertible – a car worth a mere £40,000 and is believed to have bought one since. Not exactly what you might attribute to being the lifestyle of the rich and the famous.
Despite being almost as reclusive as a real vampire, Pattinson has staked his way into the hearts of millions and with the upcoming production of the next films in the Twilight saga, his account will continue to accumulate wealth and he’ll be soaring up the rich list.
Already close on the trail of the cast of Harry Potter, by next year there’s every chance he’ll be surpassing them.