- Eddie Redmayne spoke about running into Robert Pattinson while the stars were filming separate movies.
- Redmayne saw Pattinson in the gym “doing the most extraordinary stunts I’ve ever seen.”
- He didn’t recognize the “Batman” star because Pattinson’s physique was “massive” and he had a man bun.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” star Eddie Redmayne said that he ran into longtime friend Robert Pattinson at the gym, but didn’t recognize the actor because of how jacked he got for “The Batman.”
“When we made ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ it was at the same studio that Rob was making ‘Batman,'” Redmayne said during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday.
Redmayne currently stars as magizoologist Newt Scamander in the “Harry Potter” spin-off franchise, whose third installment hits theaters on April 15. Meanwhile, Pattinson recently made his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.” Both films are distributed by Warner Bros.
The two stars have known each for years and were part of the same friend group — understood of actors like Andrew Garfield and Jaime Dornan — that traveled from Europe to LA in the hopes of making it big in Hollywood.
“One day I went to the gym and I walked in and there was this guy with a high ponytail, massive, doing the most extraordinary stunts I’ve ever seen with his stunt director,” Redmayne told Fallon, explaining that for him, it was “slightly embarrassing” because he’s a “skinny runt.”
“I walk in and there’s this guy and this guy goes ‘Hi’ and I go ‘Hi’ and then I just sort of sit there watching him do these incredible things while I sort of weakly do a sit-up in the corner,” Redmayne continued.
The actor said that after spending a short amount of time working out, he started exiting the gym.
“As I’m going, this guy goes, ‘Bye, Eddie!’ And I look back and it was Rob,” Redmayne said. “He was so physically changed and he had a man bun and what I’d seen him do was so dumbfounding. He completely transformed himself.”
Looking back, Redmayne said that he was happy to witness Pattinson in action at the gym because he was impressed by “The Batman” and the “Twilight” star’s performance as the Caped Crusader.
“I felt really lucky to see his commitment,” the Oscar-winning actor said.
“This was at 5 am I was doing my wand-lifting, but he was doing ferocious, hardcore fights,” he joked.
For his role as Batman, Pattinson, who typically has a lanky frame, exercised for months.
Back in 2020 while being interviewed for a cover story for the June/July 2020 issue of GQ magazine, the actor claimed that working out wasn’t a high-priority task during the time that production was shut down due to the pandemic.
GQ senior staff writer Zach Baron, who interviewed Pattinson, noted that the trainer hired by Warner Bros. to work with Pattinson gave him a Bosu ball and a weight — but the actor hadn’t used either item.
“If you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” Pattinson said. “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean — he wasn’t exactly ripped.”
“Literally, I’m just barely doing anything,” he added.
Pattinson clarified his comments about his fitness routine in a 2022 interview with MovieMaker.
“That really came back to haunt me,” he said. “I just always think it’s really embarrassing to talk about how you’re working out.”
“You’re playing Batman. You have to work out,” he said. “I think I was doing the interview when I was in lockdown, as well, in England. … I was in a lower gear of working out.”