Renowned actor Robert Pattinson, known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise and the Twilight Saga, revealed a moment in his career that almost drove him to quit acting. The incident involved a masturbation scene that made him feel embarrassed, as he believed his “orgasm face” would be recorded for eternity.
Despite establishing himself as a respected talent in the industry with films like Tenet, Lighthouse, and The Batman, there was a time when Pattinson seriously considered leaving the entertainment world. The reason behind his doubts stemmed from a series of films where he was required to engage in explicit acts on camera.
Pattinson confessed that the continuous portrayal of explicit scenes, including drunkenness, urination, and even vomiting, became overwhelming. He became weary of the pressure and contemplated whether he should continue pursuing acting as a career.
Although Pattinson does not adhere to method acting, as he believes it is not suitable for him, he admitted to performing a real masturbation scene in the 2008 film Little Ashes. In the movie, where he portrayed the enigmatic artist Salvador Dali, he found himself doubting his career choice after the intimate and revealing scenes he had to partake in. Speaking to HuffPost, he expressed his decision to quit acting, stating, “I once decided to quit acting, it was when I did Little Ashes. I played Salvador Dali and had to do a lot of scenes where I was naked, and I also had to masturbate. I mean really. My orgasm face is recorded for eternity.”
Pattinson candidly shared that attempting to fake the scene did not work for him, leading him to actually pleasure himself in front of the camera. He continued with similar explicit scenes in three other films, but by the end of this experience, he grew tired of it.
While Pattinson acknowledged the lasting record of his intimate expression, he also acknowledged that his various portrayals showcased his versatility as an actor. Despite the uncomfortable nature of those scenes, he recognizes the value in his performances and appreciates the support from his audience.
Robert Pattinson’s candid admission sheds light on the challenges and pressures actors face in their craft, emphasizing the importance of open dialogue and boundaries within the industry.