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Twilight star 'doesn't like attention'

Vampire movie Twilight has broken box office records in America and is set to do the same in the UK. Actor Robert Pattinson was amongst cast members in London for the UK premiere. Newsbeat caught up with him to find out why he's camera shy, how he copes with hordes of screaming fans and what it would take to get him wandering around naked.

Robert Pattinson
Robert starred as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter

It's a bit crazy what's been happening around Twilight, isn't it?

It's a little bit over the top. I feel the same in my head I guess. I was quite a paranoid person anyway, so it doesn't really feed well when people are looking at you. I'm not really in the right job. I don't like having my photo taken. I don't like the attention.

Do you have fans following you around?

Whenever I have to do anything fan-related there's always a whole bunch of people. My brain kind of shuts down when there are loads of people screaming at me. I'm not thinking at all so I can't really remember what's happened immediately afterwards.

There are stories in the papers about a multi-million pound deal for appearing in the rest of the Twilight series. Are they true?
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Robert with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart at the London premiere

I read some gossip thing saying, because I looked really uncomfortable in a paparazzi photo or something, they're like, 'He should get used to it. That's the price to pay if you're getting $12m (8.1m) a movie'. If I'm getting paid $12m a movie I'd walk around naked. That's all nonsense. I don't know who makes that stuff up. Even the price for the first one was nonsense.

Are you doing the next two films?

I went into it doing it as a trilogy. They're shooting the second one in March. I'm not really in it that much in the second one. The lead character is somebody else, which is another reason why I'm not being paid $12m. I've got two scenes.

People are calling you the next Jude Law. Do those claims sit comfortably with you?

No. The same thing happened with Harry Potter. You get a bit of heat and everybody says you're this, you're that. Then it dies down. You just do jobs. I don't know any actor who's followed through, when they say he's the next this and then he actually has become the next that. I don't get that. I don't see what the point is.

How do you cope with the screaming fans at premieres?

I'm not particularly good at coping with it. I just cope. I just leave my brain at the door and just stand there. I can get the screaming more than I get the photo things. That's the worst, when you have this wall of photographers. I've never understood the logic in how they do it. Everybody shouts at the same time, and you're trying to do a logical thing, looking from the left to the right. And they almost always end up looking disappointed with you afterwards.

Did you ever imagine that girls would be obsessed with your hair?

That's the weirdest thing ever. I don't get that at all. It's really strange.

A lot of the gossip websites seem to have an obsession with you as well, don't they?

I think someone follows me. They do the most random stuff. I get a photo taken through a burger drive-through window and it's like, 'What?'. They always seem like they're six feet away. I don't understand. I'm walking around and I don't see anybody.

Robert Pattinson was talking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Sarah Jane Griffiths.

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