- Robert Pattinson talked about wearing a fat suit in a dramatic scene in “The Devil All the Time” with the movie’s director Antonio Campos on Netflix Film Club.
- Pattinson said he was grateful for his “fat belly” when he had to fall over a church pew over and over again for a scene.
- Warning: Spoilers below if you haven’t seen “The Devil All the Time.”
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Robert Pattinson put a lot of preparation into his memorable Southern accent to play the role of pastor Preston Teagardin in Netflix’s dark drama “The Devil All the Time.”
The accent helped the usually charming Pattinson into the slimy preacher he plays in the movie. The transformation was completed with a fat suit that gave Pattinson a slight belly, which he said came in handy for a stunt scene.
In a conversation with the movie’s director, Antonio Campos, for Netflix Film Club, the actor said that in the dramatic scene in which Teagardin faces off with Arvin (Tom Holland), the fat suit cushioned him when he had to repeatedly throw himself over a church pew.
“Doing about 30 takes of falling over the pew, it really helped having a fat belly,” Pattinson said with a laugh.
In the scene, Arvin comes to the church to confront Teagardin for getting his best friend Lenora (Eliza Scanlen) pregnant. She has since killed herself and now Arvin, with a gun in his hand, has come to seek vengeance.
After a heated conversation, Arvin shoots Teagardin, which hits the preacher in the hand and causes him to fall over a pew.
Campos pointed out in the Film Club interview that Pattinson wanted to fall over the pew himself. Typically in a scene like that, there would be a cut so a stunt double would replace the actor. But because Pattinson was up to do the stunt in the scene (30 times, he says) the action looks more realistic and more surprising when it happens.
“That’s when you just have to hurt yourself,” Pattinson said of the stunt. “I’m always like, ‘Yeah, no problem.’ Stunts where you have to learn that you’re really good at doing something, that’s always a problem.”
So if you read between the lines there it’s pretty safe to say Pattinson is going to leave the fight sequences in “The Batman” to the pro stunt doubles.
Watch Pattinson’s conversation with Campos below:
“The Devil All the Time” is available now on Netflix.