Robert Pattinson: Avoiding The Mark Hamill Career Curse

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It's hard to imagine a world in which Robert Pattinson is not a handsome dreamboat, sending teen girls (and their mothers) into wild fits of screaming. But hey, bigger stars have faded before, and the Pattinson is knows all too well how easily it could happen to him, too.

In a new interview with the Guardian, the 25-year old Brit, who will wrap up his star-making run in the "Twilight" franchise this coming summer, talks frankly about the perils he faces in trying to transition to a post-vampire career.

"After the last one comes out, you can kind of have two failures – and they'd better be low-budget failures," he explains. "Because if you have one big-budget failure you're pretty much done in this environment."

Pattinson has had mixed success in non-"Twilight" films in recent years. His "Remember Me" was a critical and commercial failure, while his "Water For Elephants," with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz, came off fairly well with critics and achieved modest box office success. And he has a number of films on the way, including the period piece "Bel Ami" and the thriller "Cosmopolis," in which he plays a millionaire dodging disaster in a limousine.

Still, even with the heat still on his career, he's got a north star he's trying not to follow.

"It's like being compared to people who've been in massive movies who just sort of disappear afterwards, even though they probably had incredibly fulfilling and successful lives," he confides to the paper. "Like Luke Skywalker.... People are like: 'Oh, the Mark Hamill curse.' And poor Mark Hamill. Jesus Christ."

May the force be with him.

For more, click over to The Guardian.