Pattinson looks for danger after Twilight

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson is looking at losing all 'control' after the closure of Twilight series that made him a pin-up boy

Robert Pattinson has set young hearts aflutter as the teen vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga films, but as the sun sets on the franchise that launched his career, the actor is looking for more grown-up and 'dangerous' roles.

Breaking Dawn Part 2, that released lastweek, is the fifth and final in the series, and Edward's character shifts from brooding, tormented lover to a contented husband and father who must protect his family from an ancient vampire clan.

But Pattinson, 26, still has those rakish good looks that drew a screaming fan base and made him a tabloid fixture. While the avid fan excitement around the Twilight series overwhelms him, the British actor hopes his audience will follow him as he moves on.

"It's all about control. Now, I don't feel like I have any control whatsoever," he told Reuters with a laugh. "They're a very ardent fan base, so to figure out a way to harness that vehement audience, it's definitely an important thing."

Pattinson became a pin-up as the angst-ridden Edward, but said he wasn't worried he might be typecast as the perpetual brooding hero. "I'm not particularly brooding in my real life," he said.

The actor has already been laying the ground for a career beyond Twilight. He played a 19th century French gigolo in Bel Ami and a billionaire with an existential crisis in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, although both films fared poorly at the box office earlier this year. Next up is a drama, Map to the Stars, again with Cronenberg, and The Rover, a Western-style action movie set in the Australian desert.

"Everything I've signed up for now is very physical, because I feel like I've done quite a few things where I'm quite still. I'm trying to find people that are doing things that feel dangerous," Pattinson said.

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