Robert Pattinson is a pretty big deal all things considered, and yet he never actually thought he'd get to work with Christopher Nolan.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press, Pattinson was asked about his casting in Tenet and it turns out that he never expected the role because of a specific reason: he's a Nolan fan.
"It came so totally out of nowhere. When you grow up watching someone's movies and looking forward to them, for some reason being a fan feels like that person is then out of reach to work with as a colleague. It feels very strange," he reflected.
"I never really thought that the opportunity would come up. But when it does come up, it feels like you're in a entirely different universe which is what making this movie really felt like as well."
As with most of Tenet, the exact role that Pattinson's character Neil plays is shrouded in secrecy pre-release, but we do know that he seems to be on the Protagonist's (John David Washington) side in the mission to save the world.
There are revelations along the way as in any classic spy movie and Pattinson worked to make those layers of the character part of Neil's "consciousness".
"He's strangely aware of the layers of his own character which is quite an unusual thing to play. It's fun, trying to figure out a very complex and difficult character and also within a very complex and intricate world," he explained.
"Once I realised that you can play Neil as someone who enjoys the chaotic situation he's in, then that seemed to be the touchstone for the rest of the character.
"When you see the Protagonist try to deal with this new situation that's incredibly difficult to deal with, it's not pleasurable for any of the characters... and Neil is just one of those people who's like, 'Oh, I love this, I love living in a nightmare'."
Nolan has also spoken about how Tenet links back to his previous movies and the specific James Bond influence he took.
Tenet is released in UK cinemas on August 26 and in US cinemas from September 3.
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