He is one of the most bankable, handsome film stars in the world, and a household name having starred most famously as hunky Edward Cullen in the box office-storming Twilight series, and as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films.
Yet Christina Ricci knew almost nothing about Robert Pattinson, and had seen none of his movies, when they met on the set of the new erotic drama Bel Ami.
However, they still hit it off like old friends and turned a sometimes difficult film shoot into a fun-filled frolic.“We would just goof off and laugh while we were working,” says Christina, 32.“He’s a sweet guy and super funny... and a really good kisser.”It was therefore easy for her to understand why Rob’s girlfriend, Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, paid so many visits to the set.“He’s so charming and smart,” Christina continues. “He’s so organised and in charge of his career. He was actually giving me advice,” adds Californian Ricci, who has been acting since she was nine years old.Bel Ami, based on the 1885 French novel by Guy de Maupassant, has a stellar cast which also includes Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman, and is executive produced by the Beckhams’ manager Simon Fuller.Christina plays the married but naive Clotilde de Marelle, a Parisian society lady who is seduced by Pattinson’s manipulative and immoral Georges Duroy.Her favourite parts of filming, she says, were “the costumes, the makeup and Rob”.
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