There are few things in Hollywood harder to fact-check than a Robert Pattinson interview. Anyone who's spent time sifting through Robert Pattinson quotes and clips on YouTube knows that the actor has told some truly unbelievable stories over the years. Some stories he's gone back on and admitted were lies, while others are truly just too absurd to believe, especially with his track record.
So, why does Robert Pattinson lie? He told Jimmy Kimmel that he makes up his lies out of "panic," but admitted that they often send him down a rabbit hole he can't get out of. His lies don't just cause trouble for himself, either; his publicist routinely calls him after interviews to ask, "What do I have to fix for you now?"
As the new Dark Knight in Warner Bros.' The Batman and a timeless meme legend, Pattinson seems poised to stay an A-list celebrity for years, which promises plenty more time for him to sneak fibs into his press appearances.
He Told 'Today' He Saw A Clown Die As A ChildPhoto: NBC
What Did He Say: While doing PR on Today for his film Water for Elephants, Robert Pattinson was asked if he ever wanted to run away and join the circus. Robert quickly replied, "No, the first time I went to the circus somebody died. One of the clowns died." When Matt Lauer pushed for more details, Pattinson explained that the clown met his gruesome fate because "the joke car exploded on him." According to the future Batman, it was terrifying, and the show ended with everyone running out.
Was He Lying: Definitely. Later on, at the German premiere of the film, Pattinson told a different interviewer that he completely made up the tragic clown tale because he had nothing interesting and true to say about a circus.Whopper?
He Told 'Access Hollywood' His Batman Would Talk Like A PiratePhoto: The Batman / Warner Bros. Pictures
What Did He Say: While doing press for The Lighthouse, Robert Pattinson was questioned on his upcoming role of Batman and what his version of the Dark Knight would sound like. To demonstrate the voice, Pattinson threw his head back and uttered an "Aargh!" that landed somewhere between a pirate, the Joker, and Waluigi. Pattinson then declared to the chagrin of fanboys everywhere, "I think Batman has sort of [a] piratey type voice."
Was He Lying: Definitely. Fans could finally breathe a sigh of relief after the trailer for The Batman dropped. When Batman utters, "I'm vengeance," it's decidedly not very pirate-like.Whopper?
He Walked 'GQ' Through A Disgusting And Dangerous Pasta RecipePhoto: Remember Me / Summit Entertaintment
What Did He Say: During a facetime interview with GQ, Robert Pattinson decided to show the interviewer his idea for a fast-food variant of pasta. Pattinson claimed his recipe called for "penne pasta," "one giant, filthy, dust-covered box of cornflakes," an "incredibly large novelty lighter," "nine packs of pre-sliced cheese," and "any sauce." Pattinson then began by microwaving the pasta for eight minutes in a bowl of water. He then layered sugar, cheese, and corn flakes in a tin foil bowl before filling it with the microwaved pasta. Finally, he put the entire foil-wrapped creation into what he assured the interviewer wasn't a microwave (but which definitely was a microwave), where it basically exploded.
Was He Lying: The interviewer for GQ had his own thoughts on the validity of the interview: "I wish I could tell you whether what I’m about to describe here is a bit, or a piece of performance art, or is in fact sincere - even now, I don’t totally know. I think parts of it are real and parts of it can’t be real." Film director and Pattinson's friend Claire Denis also shared thoughts on the performer's reputation for lying: "He's not mean, but he's always trying to escape a little. He doesn't want you to put your claws too deep into him." With that said, GQ was at least able to confirm that Robert attempted to pitch a fast-food concept to Lele Massimini, the cofounder of Sugarfish.Whopper?
He Claimed To Have Been A Hand Model In His PastPhoto: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 / Summit Entertainment
What Did He Say: Throughout multiple press junkets, Robert Pattinson told a story of being a hand model in his early years.
Was He Lying: Definitely a lie. While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel questioned Pattinson on the validity of this story. With his mother in the audience, Pattinson had no choice but to tell the truth. Pattinson tried to double back on his previous claims by saying that it was hard for him to separate his dreams from reality.Whopper?