Co-starring with Cooper is Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson, who plays the love interest of his character Neil’s daughter Ally, played by Emilie de Ravin. He had this to say regarding his experience working with Pattinson.

“I liked slapping that kid around…a lot,” Chris jokes, “No, it was good. It was enjoyable. It was real good working with him. We were very careful about that. I know people are making a real big deal about that scene. We were very careful and safety conscious and all that business and it worked out really well.”

However, while Robert Pattinson became a virtual overnight sensation with his role in the Twilight films, Chris says that it gave him no preconceived notions about his co-star’s level of acting commitment. “Not for me,” Cooper states, “That’s up to him how he comes across. I’m going in with an open mind and to work with another colleague. I don’t mean this as harsh as this sounds, but in one respect, I know what he’s up against. At his age back in my career, I couldn’t handle what he’s up against. But at the same time, that’s his business. We have a job to do and that shouldn’t influence the work.”

Pattinson is not the first major young Hollywood star that Cooper has acted alongside. He has worked with actor Jake Gyllenhaal on both October Sky and Jarhead and has worked with Tobey Maguire. The actor compares his previous experiences to that of his current one with Pattinson.

“It’s just about the same,” Chris claims, “He’s learning the ropes, but the good thing, like a lot of those other guys, like Jake and Tobey, Robert, I think, is making good choice and I think he’ll probably expand more so than just being an actor. I just have this feeling. But if he can handle this phenomenal fan base, if he can get that under his belt and deal with it and continue to make the good choices, I think that he’ll do really well.”

We wondered if Chris has learned just as much from his young co-stars as they have from him.

“Yeah, yeah,” he answers, “Probably not what you expect, but that some of the young actors have to realize that time is money in filmmaking. The budgets are getting tighter and tighter and there’s a theory among some actors that, ‘Well, I don’t want to know my lines completely, because when I’m on camera, I want to struggle for the words so it makes me look more real.’ Well, that doesn’t always work and the actor is so unfamiliar with the lines that he kills a good take and he kills other people’s work.”

“That’s the whole idea of coming prepared to do your day’s work and I’ve had to instill or stress that on a couple of young actors because it’s real irritating when that happens,” Cooper adds, “They’re big boys and I’m not going to soft-pedal when they’re interfering in my career. That’s a time when I’ll confront and I can’t be soft about it. Oddly enough, I’d say, down the road, they appreciate it. Because if they don’t and they continue in this business, somebody else is going to confront them or they are going to get fired.”

Full Interview Here: Source via PattinsonLife

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