Robert Pattinson's string of interviews in the fallout of the Kristen Stewart affair scandal has been fairly tame. On "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" he ate Ben & Jerry's and on "Good Morning America" he managed to avoid the "elephant in the room." However, when Pattinson sat down with New York Times journalist David Carr, he could no longer squirm away from the burning questions.

Pattinson and "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg talked with Carr about the upcoming film during a TimesTalk interview, but Carr would not let Pattinson skirt the issue at hand: Kristen Stewart and the microcosm of fame. Carr even managed to compare the "Twilight" star's drama to the infamously rocky relationship between Britain's royals Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Carr asked about the culture of fame in America, to which Pattinson responded: “I think it's because America really wants to have a royal family." He added that America’s Hollywood royalty are similar to Britain's royal family, only “meritocratic.”

The Times journalist pushed on, using Pattinson's own words to press him.

"So if you and Kristen have trouble it's like Charles and Di having trouble?" Carr asked. The crowd booed with mention of Stewart, but Pattinson sheepishly contemplated the question.

Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 and the world viewed their romance as a real-life fairytale. That fairytale was shattered when, in 1986, Charles rekindled his romance with Camilla Parker Bowles, according to TIME. In 1993, tabloids released embarrassing intimate recordings in which Charles told Camilla that he longed to be her tampon. Diana and Charles officially divorced in 1996 and, in a 1995 interview with the BBC, Diana explained: "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

Carr padded his comparison of RobSten to Diana and Charles, saying, “I wasn’t really going there, just so you know."

"No, I wouldn't really go that far," the actor said.

Although the crowd might not have been receptive to the Stewart question, those watching the segment online were quite satisfied.

"Great interview; refreshing to hear live audience reaction; reminds one of the need to ban the idiotic use of cursed laughtracks," wrote viewer Philip R. White.

"Dave Cronenberg has proven, once again, how brilliant he is," commented Robin Van Dam. "His gut instincts are dead on target. Rob, you have proven what a truly gifted actor you really are. Both of you are funny, articulate and most of all, took my breath away with your wit, humor, relaxed demenor, and charm. You both made me fall in love with you, more than I already was. I hope all your wildest dreams come true. Thank you for your gifts."

"Cosmopolis" hits theaters in the U.S. on Aug. 17.

Pattinson will soon escape the pressure cooker currently confining him when he ventures to the Australian Outback to film “The Rover” with Guy Pearce, followed by “Queen of the Desert” with Naomi Watts in Jordan and England, and then “Mission: Black List,” scheduled to film in the Middle East in 2013, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

There has been speculation over whether Pattinson and/or Stewart will try to bail on promotions for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2", due out in November, but Summit Entertainment assured fans that all promotions plans are "full steam ahead."

“While it is studio policy not to comment on the personal lives of actors, Summit is moving full steam ahead and looking forward to this November’s opening of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,'" Summit’s president of worldwide marketing, Nancy Kirkpatrick, told Entertainment Weekly. "We are confident that the film delivers amazing entertainment for our passionate fans and general audience alike.”

Check out Robert Pattinson's interview with New York Times journalist David Carr below. The Stewart affair is mentioned around the 51-minute mark.



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    Actors Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson accept the Ultimate Choice award onstage during the 2012 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on July 22, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson (L) and Kristen Stewart speak at 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Panel during Comic-Con International 2012 at San Diego Convention Center on July 12, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart attend the UK premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 at Westfield Stratford City on November 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart arrive at the Premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson (L) and Kristen Stewart are immortalized in a hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Actor Taylor Lautner, actress Kristen Stewart and actor Rob Pattinson attend the Summit Entertainment 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' press conference at the Hilton Bayfront during Comic-Con 2011 on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Summit Entertainment)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson (L) and Kristen Stewart arrive at Summit Entertainment's 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' at L.A. Live's Nokia Theater on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart accept the Best Kiss Award onstage at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    Actors Kristen Stewart (L) and Robert Pattinson arrive at the afterparty for the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' at the Hammer Museum on November 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart chat during the presentation of their new film 'The Twighlight Saga - New Moon' during the HVB youth event at the Olympic Hall on November 14, 2009 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson (L) and Kristen Stewart appear onstage at Summit's 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' Cast Tour at Hollywood and Highland on November 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Actors Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson speak at 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' press conference during Comic-Con 2009 held at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

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    Actress Kristen Stewart (L) and actor Robert Pattinson, winners of Best Movie, Best Kiss, Best Fight, Best Female Performance, Breakthrough Male Performance awards for 'Twilight' pose in the press room during the 18th Annual MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on May 31, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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    American actress Kristen Stewart (L) and British actor Robert Pattinson pose for photographs during the 'Twilight' press conference at Ebisu Garden Place on February 27, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open in Japan on April 4. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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    Actor Robert Pattinson (L) and Actress Kristen Stewart (R) arrive to attend a photocall for the Catherine Hardwicke's film 'Twilight' on December 8, 2008 at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Twilight' at The Mann Village and Bruin Theatres on November 17, 2008 in Westwood, California. The film is based on the popular book series by author Stephanie Meyer. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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    Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart attend the 'Twilight' Premiere during the 3rd Rome International Film Festival held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica on October 30, 2008 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)