Director Robert Michôd on Robert Pattinson’s role in “The King”

Seeing Robert Pattinson in the trailer of Robert Michôd’s “The King” was an experience all on its own. In the film, Pattinson rocks long blonde locks as he takes on the role of The Dauphin of France.

Now, Michôd is diving deeper into Pattinson’s role in the film ahead of its Netflix release. While we’ve seen the actor in a slew of riveting roles (and some not-so) it makes us wonder how Pattinson prepared for his role as a French royal.

Speaking at an episode of “The Big Ticket” podcast from Variety and iHeartRadio, the director reveals Pattinson’s approach. “Pretty much in ways that I fully 100% endorse and love, that character is a Robert Pattinson creation,” Michôd says about the character. Taking his word for it, it seems like the actor didn’t need much direction as he tackled the role.

Details about Pattinson’s character was kept under close wraps prior to the film’s theatrical release. Michôd is offering more about The Dauphine of France telling the podcast: “The great fear always is that you end up with ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and ridiculous French accents. But at the same time, I kind of needed his character to be kind of absurd.”

The Dauphin of France is Henry V’s (Timothée Chalamet) royal nemesis who provokes war against him in the film.

“His whole purpose is to be a jerk and to just torment Timmy,” Michôd said. “So I kind of needed him to be a larger-than-life jerk. He needed to be ridiculous. He needed not to have a lot of substance underneath him. He’s just there to annoy.”

Ben Hornery
Ben Hornery
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.
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