Like some of his recent films, it’s a very different movie for Pattinson.
Corbijn: “The screen time is easily divided between Dane DeHaan and Rob, and they’re very different actors. Rob — I think he’s working to be seen as a proper actor and not as a movie star. He takes a lot of challenging roles, and tries to work with directors that are a bit away from the mainstream.
"The fact that he maybe wants to prove himself as an actor was very good for the role of Dennis Stock, who wants to prove himself as being a great photographer. Also, for Rob to be on the other end of the camera was quite interesting."
Did you give Pattinson advice on being a photographer?
Corbijn: “I got a camera to him quite a few months before we started shooting. An old Leica so he could put film in it and get comfortable with it. “
Wall Street Journal interview
That’s the director, Anton Corbijn (in a hat), in a cameo as a photographer, next to Rob on the night they filmed the Judy Garland premiere scene.