Sneak Preview: Robert Pattinson’s New Movie "Little Ashes"

Apr. 30 2009, Published 6:08 a.m. ET

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Twilight fans won’t have to wait until New Moon hits theaters to see Robert Pattinson’s pretty face on the big screen again. On May 8th, Pattinson will star in Little Ashes, an independent film about the life of world-renowned Spanish artist Salvador Dali…and got a special sneak peek at the new movie!  Watch the movie trailer above.

The role is a decidedly grown-up—and slightly racy—one for the actor best known as Edward Cullen. The movie, set in the 1920s and 1930s, follows the love affair between Dali and the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who is played by a smoldering Javier Beltran. Of course, that means a handful of steamy makeout sessions between the two male actors. In their memorable first love scene, the two of them go for a midnight swim in their underwear, where they share a passionate kiss under the moon. 

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In Little Ashes, diehard fans of Pattinson will also get to see even more of the actor than they have before in the flick. As the flamboyant Dali, Pattinson strips down completely in one scene as he tries on different outfits in his dorm room, with nothing but a strategically-placed hand to save it from becoming too X-rated! In another scene, a young Dali gets so drunk at a local bar his friends have to carry him home. (Judging from our recent interview with How to Be director Oliver Irving, Pattinson might not have been acting!)

Pattinson’s character has some major transformations throughout the movie, which require him to don a funny-looking brown bob with bangs as the youngest version of Dali. Soon, though, he cuts his hair, cleans up and starts wearing suits. When a friend tells him the girls will go crazy after his makeover, he quips: “I expect so.” Later in the film, Pattinson wears Dali’s signature, upturned pencil mustache and takes on the cartoon-ish personality the painter was known for in his later years as his forbidden relationship with Lorca fell apart.

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While this might not the Pattinson most fans are used to, Little Ashes gives him a chance to show his range as Dali, who boomerangs between cocky confidence and insecurity. And not to worry—during the scenes set in the early 20s, Pattinson looks as dashing as ever in suits and slicked-back hair. Overall, Pattinson’s brooding good looks and intensity make the couple’s tortured love affair feel very real—just as they do in Twilight. Be prepared to shed a few tears in this flick!

Watch for the movie in theaters near you beginning on Friday, May 8.



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