Robert Pattinson has announced he plans to retire from
acting after completing his contract with Summit Entertainment – which includes
the Twilight sequel New Moon and the third movie Eclipse.
Pattinson, who shot to fame in 2008 after playing vampire
Edward Cullen in Twilight, says he wants to pursue a music career.
New Moon, also starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor
Lautner, is due for release in November 2009. Eclipse is due for release in
2010. When asked if he would return to complete the fourth film Breaking Dawn, which
isn’t a part of the contract, Pattinson said, “It will depend on the quality of
the next two films and the demand of the Twilight fans.”
“Acting was a passion
of mine from an early age, but as I have grown older I have found other ways of
expressing myself that appeal to me on a more personal level. I certainly hope
this doesn’t upset my fanbase as they have made me who I am, but who I am goes
a bit deeper than simply being an actor,” he says of his decision to retire.
Pattinson says he plans to record an album. “I never knew
how much singing that one song would affect me. I was never sure if it should
even be used, but it sort of became my jumping off point. I also sang three
songs on the soundtrack for How to Be, which was a lot of fun and I think I
just have so much more to share with the world through my music that I feel I
would be a fool not to jump on it right away,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pattinson has several independent films due
for release soon – ‘The Summer House,’ ‘How to Be’ and ‘Little Ashes.’
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