RPatz recently channeled his inner Charlie Rose to pick on Bell for Interview Magazine (timed perfectly with Bell’s new film, the Fantastic Four reboot). The actors cover everything from theater life to Bell’s first big break (Billy Elliot) to how Bell transformed from “a five-foot-seven, rather squat Englishman” to The Thing.
The conversation, published online Monday (July 20, 2015), also reminds us why it’s not a bad thing to be BFFs with the 29-year-old Brits.
They call each other mate.
JAMIE BELL: How’s it going, mate?
ROBERT PATTINSON: I’m all right. I spent the day prepping for this interview.
They can be serious and talk about the past.
BELL: My memory is f*cking vague from when I was a kid. I remember having a Batmobile. It was a replica from the Tim Burton movies, and it fired these yellow missiles. I remember there wasn’t a lot of sun in northeastern England. So there was one day in history when apparently it was sunny, and my mom was outside on a deck chair or something like that. I remember firing the missile and it hitting her foot. That’s as early as I can remember.
They have no problem using the F-word — they say it at least nine times in the interview.
PATTINSON: Let’s not talk about any of your work. Let’s only talk about your personal life. Your crack usage. Who are you f*cking? Okay?
BELL: I always enjoy myself! I work really f*cking hard.
They tell the truth.
PATTINSON: [If] I was to describe your spirit animal, it would be a very excitable lamb… Or a little baby goat.
BELL: I don’t really enjoy watching any of my work at all.
PATTINSON: Why don you think you’re not crazy? I mean, you are a little.
They love complimenting each other.
PATTINSON: I find that you’re one of the most humble people I’ve ever met. It’s unusual.
They’re down to earth.
BELL: [on making the 2004 film Undertow] I had to do an accent to embody a character from the South. That was fun. That did feel fulfilling and satisfying. But, you know, that was f*cking over ten years ago.
PATTINSON: And since then, zilch.
They’re both ridiculously good looking (but you already knew that).
Fantastic Four opens nationwide Aug. 7.
Pattinson can next be seen in Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert.
For more of their chat, head over to Interview.