Robert Pattinson Almost Gave Up Acting!

Could it be that there was once a time when Robert Pattinson thought he wasn’t going to make it in the acting business?

Apparently yes, according to Oliver Irving, the director of the independent film How To Be, which RPattz filmed prior to his Twilight success.

Irving tells People, “He was thinking about giving up acting and maybe doing music solely when this role [in How To Be] came along. He wanted to play the roles he wasn’t getting.”

He also adds that the film, in which Rob plays a quirky and socially akward young musician, “got him back into the swing of things again” and was “challenging,” since he had to play the guitar and harmonica—as well as hide his good looks.

The music part wasn’t so difficult for the actor, who contributed to the Twilight soundtrack. Irving notes, “He downplayed how good he was. A lot of the time he would turn out to have a really good technique and we told him he needed to play it more simply.”

Masking his good looks, of course, was more of a challenge! “I said, ‘You’re banned from cutting your hair between now and the shoot,'” says Irving. “We had to give him the most awkward haircut we possibly could, and we cut his trouser length a little bit too high. Things like that played down his apparent good looks.”

Have your say in the comments: Could you imagine Twilight WITHOUT Robert Pattinson?