Robert Pattinson and the 'Most Stupid Thing' He Did For 'Remember Me'

Emilie de Ravin and Robert Pattinson as Ally Craig and Tyler Hawkins in "Remember Me" (2010).

-Ally Craig: I... I don't date sociology majors.
-Tyler: Lucky for I'm... I'm undecided.
-Ally Craig: About what?
-Tyler: Everything.

MTV: Your character Tyler has some issues with anger, being tormented and especially his parents. Do you have any kind of new insight into why teenagers rebel like this?

Robert Pattinson: I knew a lot of teens who were troubled, and then you meet their families and you're like, "I don't know what his problem is." The families always seem really nice and supportive, and it's just this unknown. You have this energy, and you don't know where to place it. I think the reason why [Tyler] has a problem with his father and not his mother is that he knows his mother isn't strong enough to take it. If he started attacking her, she'd just break. His father is still a fighter, so he's always going to fight against him.
MTV: The movie seems very realistic in its depiction of NYU students — how much did shooting in New York with real locations help?

Pattinson: I always thought about the apartment. If this is just a typical NYU student's apartment — living in the East Village in this really nice apartment — I always thought that was a bit much. It's like a million-dollar apartment! It did help.
Robert Pattinson opposite Chris Cooper in "Remember Me".

MTV: Was it daunting doing those scenes with Oscar winner Chris Cooper?

Pattinson: Yeah. I don't know how I'd feel if I had any fighting back to do. I just continually get beaten up by him. [Laughs.] It's hard, especially being strangled. It's difficult to look like what's actually happening. You're doing it [for the camera] as well, so it's like you're being strangled but nothing really happens. You're just standing there, experimenting with myself. I don't really know what the face is like for someone getting strangled.

MTV: Were you hurt in that particular scene? Because it's very convincing.

Pattinson: No, not at all. But I did hurt myself in a scene they cut out, where I flipped out. [In the scene] I walked into a big confrontation and ended up getting completely destroyed by your competitor. I was doing this thing, hitting myself afterwards in a spur-of-the-moment thing, which they cut out of the movie. But I kept hitting myself so hard. I was in so much pain for the rest of the shoot. It was the most stupid thing I've ever done.