If you remember Robert Pattinson as the teenage heartthrob from the Twilight movies, you might be a bit surprised to learn that the actor is now 34 years old. If, on the other hand, you are vaguely aware of the enormous popularity of those same movies, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that they are worth a small fortune.
But what if we said that the small fortune is not exactly small … that our favorite vampire, in fact, is worth a staggering $ 100 million? Because that, according to our friends at Celebrity Net Worth, is exactly what it is. Now considering he spent his twenty years starring in a franchise that grossed no less than $ 3.3 billion worldwide, that figure makes a bit of sense. A bit. But $ 100 million is, by anyone’s calculations, more than a ‘little bit’ of money. It’s a HUGE jaw-dropping and jaw-dropping amount of money that surely requires a bit more explanation than just saying “Twilight” over and over again.
So how did he do it? How did someone who, at the age of 12, was expelled from high school for stealing top-notch magazines and selling them to his classmates, become one of the richest actors of his generation? Hint: it has something to do with a little movie called Twilight….
Back to the beginning
Pattinson was born in London on May 13, 1986. His mother Clare Charlton, a modeling agency, and his father Richard Pattinson, a vintage car dealer. Long before he set his sights on acting, Pattinson wanted to be a musician: by the age of four, he was already taking guitar and piano lessons; When he was in his late teens, he used to perform his own material at open mic nights across London.
But then something changed: although he never lost his passion for music, a new interest began to make its way into his heart. He fell in love with movies and was so enthralled by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Jean-Paul Belmondo that he decided that his future, like theirs, belonged to the big screen. At 15, he auditioned for his first play, Guys and Dolls; His performance as a silent Cuban dancer did not set the stage on fire, but the experience turned out to be a turning point. His next performance was in the title role of George Gibbs in Our Town… luckily, a talent agent sat in the audience. Pattinson was hired on the spot, marking the beginning of his professional career.
The twilight years
It only took Pattinson two performances in amateur school productions to land a manager. It only took one television appearance and one movie role (his scenes where they actually ended up on the cutting room floor) before landing the first major role of his career: that of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the goblet of fire. His performance as the handsome schoolboy earned him instant acclaim: The Time called him the “British Star of Tomorrow,” while the whole world and his mother had a blast calling him “the next Jude Law.”
Some small roles followed. And then in 2008, he landed the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight. Overnight, the movie turned Pattinson from a promising talent into a huge movie star, earning him worldwide fame… and fortune. When The Twilight Saga: New Moon was released the following year, he had become, as Forbes points out, one of the most profitable and profitable stars of the moment. The last three films in the franchise (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) may have failed with the critics, but fans were applauded. The franchise now ranks as the 18th highest grossing franchise of all time, having grossed $ 3,346,157,056 worldwide. Although whether Pattinson cares more about that or the $ 12,500,000-per-movie salary he was making at the time is anyone’s guess.
Twilight may have turned Pattinson into a movie star, but it’s been 8 years since the last installment was released. So what have you been up to since then? Simply put, do something you never managed to do in the Twilight movies: captivate the critics. Since 2014, Pattinson has chosen to appear in small, independent films that may not have made any big changes at the box office, but have done more for his reputation than all of his previous films combined.
Some of his most notable roles in recent years have been in the futuristic western The Rover (which earned him the comment “a career-redefining performance …