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We should probably feel bad about the fact that we feared Robert Pattinson would somehow manage to avoid all questions about his personal life and only plug Cosmopolis when he appeared on The Daily Show tonight. But hallelujah! About 90 percent of the interview was personal. Or, was it?
“Obviously, uh, uh, what have you been up to?” Jon Stewart opened the interview. And as Rob complained that that the host had ruined his setup joke, Stewart proceeded to bring out two pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. It was an obvious nod to the fact that Rob was going through a breakup. “We’re just two gals talking,” Stewart said.
But then, it turned out, “talking” equalled a lot of talk about the ice cream melting in front of them. Or were there subtle references to the Kristen Stewart-size elephant in the room? It’s hard to tell.
“What are we doing here? Are you all right? Is everything OK? I’m worried about you, and you’re all right,” Stewart asked, sounding a little more like a grandma than an interviewer.
“I just don’t even know how to approach this now,” Rob answered, which out of context, sounds like he’s actually referring to how to approach questions about his love life.
But then Stewart rescued him: “The ice cream? ‘Cause it’s a mess.” Yes, the ice cream. And also his love life, right?
As RPattz complained that he’d been too cheap to hire a publicist, who would have helped him get his funny, non-Kstew anecdotes ready, Stewart jumped in and said that hiring a publicist now would only help if he had a time machine. A time machine to go back before the Kstew mess happened, or to when he booked the Daily Show?
Then Stewart actually mentioned the B word. “The last time I had a bad breakup, Ben and Jerry got me through some of the tougher times. So I thought you and I could bond over this and talk about, ‘Boy you are better off. Kick her to the curb, whatever.’ ”
And Stewart’s silly voice allowed Rob to avoid saying “yes, I had a bad breakup,” and instead quip, “Is that an impression of yourself?”
Stewart once more broached the topic. “When you are young and you break up, it’s powerful and it feels like the world is ending,” he commented. “This is the first time I have seen the world actually react that way. It’s insanity.”
And since none of that was a question, Rob didn’t have to say a thing. Then again, he didn’t deny anything either. Finally, after Stewart said he wished Rob would “get handle your business in private, in your personal life,” they moved on to talk of his David Cronenberg movie, which premiered in New York tonight.
To humor Rob, and because we are genuinely interested in Cosmopolis — just you know, not more interested in it than in other things, sorry — here’s a good quote he got in about the flick: “One of the only things I think I’ll ever do where I can say, I don’t think it’s ever going to be made again, and I don’t think it’s ever been made before. And regardless of how people see it, at least it’s something new.”
Now, you tell us, did Rob confirm anything by not denying? Was this another frustrating case of an interviewer letting a celebrity off easy because they probably swore on their first-born child that they wouldn’t press the issue? Are you hoping for more dish on Good Morning America on Wednesday, or are you hoping everyone continues to let him off easy and “handle his business” in private? Tell us in the comments below!
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