ACTOR Robert Pattinson, star of the highly anticipated film The Twilight Saga: New Moon, talks about the fan adoration that comes with fame - including his admirers wanting him to bite them - and if he's dating his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, in his first visit to the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, November 18th.
According to an official CBS press release, Letterman asked Pattinson, who reprises his role as Edward Cullen in the film, "Everybody tells me, wherever you go, bedlam ensues and people go crazy and they chase you around and go berserk. Is that a fair assessment of what happens in your life these days."
Said Pattinson, "Only when I'm working. I try to avoid it as much as I can." Letterman wondered to what the actor attributes this, and Pattinson said, "I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm still like, I don't know, maybe it's like a kind of scent or something. I don't know...People have such a passion for these books and stories."
Letterman asked, "In the beginning, people sometimes single out somebody that they like and they become, you know, like a super fan. Have you ever had any of that before this general adoration?"
Pattinson recalled, "Yeah, I guess. I don't know if it was a super fan...I was doing this film playing Salvador Dali in Spain, and there was this one girl who was kind of waiting outside my apartment every single day, and I was so chronically bored that one day I just - she had been out there for about three weeks - and I said, 'Do you want to go to dinner or something? I mean, no one else wants to hang out with me.'" Letterman joked, "High flattery indeed for the young lady." Continued Pattinson, "Her parents had a restaurant, so she took me there and I kind of complained about everything in my life for about two hours. And then she gave me the bill at the end - I had to pay for it - and she was never back outside my apartment ever again."
Pattinson addressed the phenomenon of fans asking him to "bite" them. Letterman remarked that, "strictly speaking, that's not healthy, especially with the swine flu going around. And I mean, the swine flu is the least of it, honest to God," but when a fan asks him to do it, does Pattinson oblige? The actor said, "Well, it depends on your mood, really...And it depends on what you want to get out of it at the end. There's variations of biting."
Letterman then held up a copy of Harper's Bazaar with Pattinson and his co-star Kristen Stewart on the cover and asked if they were dating. Pattinson laughed, "I've been so kind of cryptically avoiding this question throughout the entire press tour," and Letterman had Pattinson and the audience laughing when he joked, "Oh, bite me!"
Pattinson's entire interview can be seen on the Late Show tonight, Wednesday, November 18th @ 11:35 p.m. - 12:37 p.m. on the CBS Television Network.