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October 09, 2008

Robert Pattinson on his ‘Twilight’ songs: ‘Music is my backup plan if acting fails’

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Kristen_stewart_and_robert_pattinsoHeartthrob Robert Pattinson not only stars in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance, “Twilight,” out Nov. 21, he’s contributed two songs to the film, one of which, “Never Think” will be included on the official soundtrack.

But the self-effacing Brit insists that the songs’ inclusion was wholly accidental; a mysterious third party slipped director Catherine Hardwicke a copy of his recordings without his knowledge and she opted to include them, surprising Pattinson when he turned up to see some early footage.   

“When I went to see the cut,” Pattinson said during an interview Wednesday afternoon, “she’d put these two songs in. They’re old songs, but one of them specifically, it really made the scene better. It was like it was supposed to be there. It’s strange because what was supposed to be at that point in the movie was a big orchestral film climax. Instead it’s this little song with acoustic guitar. I’m singing it, maybe that makes it different, but it’s kind of overwhelming. I hope it’s overwhelming.”

Although many actors try to work in film and television while juggling careers in the pop arena, Pattinson insists he won’t be one of them. “That’s what I was scared about, it looks like I’m trying to get a music career out of it or something,” he said. “I’ve never really recorded anything — I just played in pubs and stuff –- and I really didn’t want it to look like I was trying to cash in. I hope it doesn’t come across as that. I’m not going to be doing any music videos or anything. Music is my backup plan if acting fails. I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.”

Judging from the level of anticipation surrounding his first major starring vehicle, he might not have too much to worry about. On the music front, though, Pattinson will be sharing the soundtrack’s track listing with Linkin Park, Muse, Paramore, Iron & Wine and Perry Farrell, among others.

— Gina McIntyre

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Photo: Kristen Stewart as "Bella," left, and Robert Pattinson as "Edward" are shown in a scene from, "Twilight." Credit: Peter Sorel, via the Associated Press and courtesy of Summit Entertainment.

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