For Robert Pattinson's next movie, he'll be embroiled in a surreal romance. More surreal than a 100-year-old vampire dating a teenaged girl? Yes, because he's playing surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, possibly best known to many as that guy who painted all those melty clocks. Filmed before Twilight, Little Ashes won't be out until sometime next year, but promotional clips, trailers, and pics have been coming out fast and furious in recent days, clearly benefitting from Pattinson's newfound fame. How lucky were they to cast him in this before his fee took a sharper upward turn than Dalí's moustache?
With rare exceptions (like Control and, oh, I don't know, the masterpiece that is Selena), biopics are usually just straightforward, throwaway, lie-filled award bait. That's all fine and harmless, but it still doesn't change the fact that almost every single biopic is exactly the same, and that the marketing for each of them doesn't even remotely try to disguise this. Which is weird, because it's not like the moviegoing public as a whole is like, devoted to the "humble beginnings/wows a label guy on a chance meeting/gets famous/fame ruins his life/is redeemed at the end" formula or anything. Certainly not in the way they are with romantic comedy and horror conventions, anyway. But hey, I'm not a focus group runner, so I can't be sure.