Robert Pattinson has been discussing a rather difficult scene he was asked to shoot for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse.
The new black-and-white psychological horror film, starring both Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, tells the story of two lighthouse keepers “faced with solitude, but start to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.”
The film, which was met by critical acclaim following its premiere at the 2019 Cannes International Film Festival, involved a series of difficult scenes which Pattinson needed to meet full on. In the opening shot, Pattinson was asked to deliver what he described as a “ferocious masturbation scene” which took on a whole entity of its own.
“It’s always nice to do something massive for your opening shot, and I went really massive on the first take,” Pattinson said in an interview with The New York Times. “It was a 180 from everything we’d done in rehearsal,” he added while explaining it was the first scene he shot while filming.
This line of work is something that has grown naturally to Pattinson in recent years as he explained to Variety: “In the last three or four movies, I’ve got a masturbation scene. I did it in High Life. I did it in Damsel. And The Devil All the Time,” he said before added: “I only realised when I did it the fourth time.”
For The Lighthouse though, with plenty of on screen practice in the bank, Pattinson admitted his most recent effort was so impassioned that even Eggers was “a little in shock afterward.”
Pattinson added: “But I was like, ‘O.K., cool, I didn’t get told to stop, so I’ll keep going in that direction. As soon as I’d done that, it was like the road started getting paved.”