Robert Pattinson Got So Buff For ‘Batman’ That His Friend, Eddie Redmayne, Didn’t Recognize Him

The British Brat Pack made up of Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, Charlie Cox, Jamie Dornan, and Eddie Redmayne have been dominating the news cycle ever since the timely release of the friend group’s recent films The Batman, Tick, Tick…Boom!, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Belfast. Now it’s time for the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore star to share an anecdote of his own.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show, Eddie Redmayne detailed a recent run-in with Pattinson while they were filming their respective blockbusters. Apparently, the Batman star was so “physically changed” that Redmayne didn’t even realize it was him. 

“When we made Fantastic Beasts it was at the same studio that Rob was making Batman and we shared a gym because my character and my body is so buff,” Redmayne said, per People. “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.”

He continued, “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. As I’m going, this guy goes, ‘Bye, Eddie!’ And I look back and it was Rob. 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.”


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This story is particularly funny because of a slightly chaotic mid-pandemic interview with Pattinson, in which he claimed he wouldn’t get buff for his turn as the Caped Crusader. “I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem,” Robert Pattinson told GQ while production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. “You set a precedent. No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean—he wasn’t exactly ripped.” 

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