Robert Pattinson has had a masturbation scene in four of his last movies – High Life, Damsel, The Devil All The Time, and now, The Lighthouse.
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In fact it sounds like while filming for The Lighthouse, Pattinson literally pulled his dick out and started wanking for the camera… and it was the first shot he did for the film.
Pattinson told The New York Times:
Well, my first shot was this ferocious masturbation scene. It’s always nice to do something massive for your opening shot, and I went really massive on the first take. It was a 180 from everything we’d done in rehearsal, and I could see Robert [Eggers] a little in shock afterward. But I was like, ‘OK, cool, I didn’t get told to stop, so I’ll keep going in that direction.’ As soon as I’d done that, it was like the road started getting paved.
Talking to Variety, he acknowledged the fact that he’s a perpetual and literal wanker in movies:
I keep masturbating . . . In the last three or four movies, I’ve got a masturbation scene. I did it in High Life. I did it in Damsel. And The Devil All the Time. I only realized when I did it the fourth time. But when I saw the clay figure of the mermaid, if you’re getting turned on by that, you’re in a very strange place in your life.
He also explained how deeply he committed to the scene where he gets turned on by a mermaid statue:
I want to do it different every time, and if you rehearse it 30 times, you have to think of 30 different ways to do it — even if the first way is probably the best way. I just hate it when I do a second take exactly the same as the first take. They might as well fire me . . . It’s just boring! I mean, I’ve definitely seen actors who love rehearsing and are very good, so there’s got to be some benefit to it. But there’s something about that full commitment when you’re shooting, when it’s do or die, that allows you to be more free.
Director Robert Eggers also discussed the shot:
On day one we shot Rob masturbating in the shed — it’s the very first thing we shot — and Rob really, really went for it. And you know, it was inspiring.
Nice to see Pattinson isn’t worried about being type-cast as the guy who masturbates in every movie. He worked so hard to get rid of the stigma of being the ‘Twilight’ guy but pulling his dick off in every film is something he’s totally OK with. That’s what you call a committed actor.
P.S. The Lighthouse, also starring Willem Dafoe, looks completely awesome:
Will there be a 5th wank scene for Robert Pattinson in the new Batman next year? Very probable considering who is starring as Catwoman alongside him.