That’s right, Little Ashes features Robert Pattinson’s real O-face.
In 2008, Twilight sunk its teeth into theaters, and Robert Pattinson became an overnight superstar and the year’s sexiest vampire. When Edward Cullen (Pattinson) revealed his shimmering abs, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) wasn’t the only one swooning. Although Pattinson’s PG-13 striptease was hot, it wasn’t his sexiest on-screen moment of the year.
About six months before Twilight’s release, Pattinson portrayed surrealist painter Salvador Dalí in the British film Little Ashes. Little Ashes was critically acclaimed; it won a GLAAD Media Award. But, unfortunately, its limited release made it fall under the radar for mainstream audiences.
The movie takes place in Spain during the 1920s and 1930s and explores the relationship between Dalí and the poet Federico García Lorca (Javier Beltrán). That’s right — Pattinson played queer the same year.
Following the film’s release, RPattz revealed a few dirty secrets about filming the sex scenes for Little Ashes. Apparently, he wasn’t faking it. Pattinson admitted that he really masturbated for his love scene. “[Faking it] just doesn’t work,” he said, adding “so I pleasured myself in front of the camera. My orgasm face is recorded for eternity.”