From an actor's perspective, there's a line that separates "going Method" from "This is just a job, and there are limitations to what I will do in a role." For Robert Pattinson, the one-time Twilight sensation now crushing it on the indie film circuit, that line was drawn when the director of his new film asked him to masturbate a dog. Like, for real. As Pattinson explains:
Robert Pattinson is out promoting the new film Good Time, directed by Benny and Josh Safdie, and contrary to popular belief, the title doesn't refer to the dog's life on the receiving end of a sex act. Instead, it's a crime thriller about a bank robber who is on the lam. Don't feel too bad for Pattinson, however, as he goes on to tell Jimmy Kimmel that they found an artificial solution to the dog-penis trick:
From everything we are hearing about Good Time, the movie is a stylish and eye-catching thriller that makes excellent use of Robert Pattinson. We hadn't heard anything about this dog scene, but based on the amount of attention it's currently getting, thanks to the Jimmy Kimmel interview, I'd imagine more people will seek Good Time out, out of morbid curiosity. Here's Pattinson on Kimmel. The dog chat starts around the 2:20 mark:
Good Time stars Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Lason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), and co-director Ben Safdie. It's in limited release at the moment, but will be expanding to more markets in the coming weeks. Pattinson's supposedly fantastic in it. And that's not based on the opinions of any canine critics, I swear. Shortly after this story broke, PETA dropped a statement, which suggests they are looking into whether or nor a law was broken by the creative team on Good Time. Read their statement on the next page.
A statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange was sent to CinemaBlend in response to Robert Pattinson's announcement that he had refused to perform a sex act on a dog on the set of Good Time. It reads:
PETA --- whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way" --- is investigating the legality of this incident, according to he email. Stay tuned for developments on this story.