Recently, Robert Pattinson was asked if he and Kristen Stewart were the latter-day American version of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Rob was so flabbergasted by the question, he was temporarily speechless. Literally.
It all started with a New York Times Talk panel interview with Pattinson and his Cosmopolis director, David Cronenberg. When the Twilight heart-throb was asked to comment on the American obsession with celebrity culture, he unwittingly set himself up for the interviewer's shocking comparison.
"I think it's because America really wants to have a royal family," RPattz babbled, adding: "You want to have a democratic royal family. It's a meritocratic version of it, sort of, actually, not it's not at all."
"So if you and [Kristen Stewart] have trouble," asked the moderator, David Carr, "it's like Charles and Di having trouble."
The audience was reportedly just as shocked as Pattinson and Cronenberg. They were also displeased, and they made their displeasure known by booing loudly.
"I wasn't really going there, just so you know," Carr reassured them, while Pattinson and Cronenberg "laughed uncomfortably."
When Rob finally found his voice, all he could say was: "I wouldn't go that far."
Whatever prompted David Carr to make such a comparison is unknown. Was he high? On the other hand, Rob opened the door for Carr's odd line of questioning when he suddenly started theorizing about Americans' desire for celebs of royal blood. And in all fairness to Carr, Pattinson and Stewart in many ways resembled a fairy tale prince and princess just like Charles and Diana did so many years ago. Of course, the wealth of worshipful emotion Twihards cathected into the Robsten romance had nothing to do with royalty. It had everything to do with their connection to their Twilight Saga alter egos, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. Robsten fans must have felt that their universe had imploded when Pattinson and Stewart started having "trouble." Celebrity watchers in the 80s must have felt the same way when Charles and Diana's marriage derailed. Unfortunately for both sets of fans, in real life, there are no happily ever after marriages or perfect story book romances.
Oh well, you can watch Robert Pattinson waffle and David Cronenberg look shocked on the video below. Do you think the interviewer was out of line? Or did RPattz open himself up for the question?
Â© Hope Carson 2012
Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man's Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.