If a false press leak didn’t hurt Pattinson’s chances of landing the lead in “The Batman,” the hit to his ego certainly did. The actor still had one last step to the audition process before he was good and truly cast. “There was a hairy couple of days,” he admitted. “I hadn’t even done the screen test, and I did the screen test under extreme duress.”
To make matters worse, Pattinson was also stuck in a very restrictive costume. “I’d done the audition in, I think it was George Clooney’s one, and it was incredibly difficult to move in, Pattinson recalled, per British GQ. “[Your head] is locked and you’re boiling hot […] If you have any lights on you, you’re pouring sweat. And you’re also doing an audition, so I’m kind of terrified anyway, and people are saying ‘What can we do about this sweat?’ And I’m thinking, ‘If I don’t stop sweating I’m not gonna get the part.'”
Despite the leak in the press — and Pattinson’s leaky pores — the actor still managed to nail his audition and land one of Hollywood’s most coveted roles. Within a few days of the screen test, Pattinson found out that he got the part. But, believe it or not, landing “The Batman” wasn’t the only major moment in Pattinson’s career that week.
“It was my first week on Chris Nolan’s ‘Tenet,'” he explained to BBC Radio 1. “I just had a premiere at Cannes that weekend that I was also terrified about, and I found out all in the course of like four days. And I thought I’d kind of lost the part before I even got it […] It was definitely a slightly overwhelming moment, but unbelievable. I mean it felt extremely surreal.”