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Piece of my heart for Robert Pattinson & Ben Barnes

I might not one of the devoted fans or the fanatics, but about these two alluring British actors, I am curious about the future of their career. Because they’re both British, multi-talented, have the look that could captivate much attention and entering the world of fame through the same door, movie adaptation from novel. Not saying that I would have a chance to tell them my opinions personally, but this part is only my wish to their life and career.

I knew, this last part might piss some of Robert fans off. But I wrote this because I see things that according to my mature opinion, could impact Robert’s career in the future. My opinion here is sincere and came from pure heart. I do care about his career.

I am fully aware that, even though Robert started his acting career earlier than Ben, he was not that ready to be catapulted to a sudden fame after his role in Twilight. Rob was already very famous at age of 22, when Ben entered his fame at the age of 26 and not catapulted as bad as Rob. But I must admit too, by the age of 26, Ben was mature enough to manage his personal life and to face the crazy world of fame.

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Ben admitted, though the role as strikingly handsome narcissist Dorian Gray was seriously hot, he hasn’t got it half as bad as poor old Robert Pattinson as drop-dead gorgeous Edward Cullen. Ben gets off pretty lightly.

After the catapulted stardom, Rob started to lose his personal life. I didn’t know was it because of his shy character or because he’s fed up with the situation, it was rare opportunity to see him laugh or smile during public appearance. While Ben, who was older and I believe more mature too, found no difficulties to laugh anytime a camera caught his expression. (Actually, it was difficult for me to find Ben’s picture without his smile during public appearances)

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— Both pictures were taken on September 2009 —

My wish for Robert Pattinson, he could reach his maturity in time. It would be necessary to balance his professional and personal life. He will need all supports from his family and friends.

I have seen both of them smoking for their role in Little Ashes and Bigga than Ben, probably also for their role in other movies. But smoking was one of Rob’s habits that really made me worry. It was common to see Rob with his cigarette. To make it fair enough, I tried to dig more pictures of Ben off screen, but it seems like smoking was not his off-screen habits, or probably he’s good in hiding it ^_*. There were still possibilities in the next few days, I would see a picture of Ben Barnes smoking or even drunk at public area. Who knows 😀

Though I wrote once that Rob’s chiseled jaw line could make smoking and sipping beer look sexy, but combination of smoking and alcohol was not a good habits. It was a common knowledge that smoking and alcohol could ruin the beauty of your skin. Not to mentioned its impact to your health.

I don’t really know. Is it really because Ben lives healthier life than Rob, or because he has that “genes” to look younger than his age, but with 5 years of age difference, Ben looks almost as same age as Rob. Again, no offense, this is purely my personal opinion

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Another wish for Robert Pattinson, he must quit his smoking habits to gain healthier life so he could stay longer and focus to his career.

I could not tell the length of time of their career or their captivating looks would be enough for their career or not. But for long-life acting career, they need more than just perfect good looks. Most of the Oscar winner actors like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, don’t have “the amazingly stunning look”. But they’re high-class actors, the award-winning actors. Their names are guarantee to a quality movie. That make them exist till today.

My hope on Rob’s career remain the same. Rob is still 23 years old, still has long way to go. If he could manage to use his time properly, not letting all the fame go to his head, balancing his professional and personal life, carefully choose his roles, he could explore more. He could even achieve higher success and stay longer in this business.

Ben, although he is grateful for the career boost, was worried about becoming famous for his good looks and not his acting skills. I knew that Ben must also explore and carefully choose his role, so he can keep his career as long as possible. But I also knew that he’s more ready than Rob, he’s older, mature and more equipped by his acting background. If he kept his track like before, he could gain his ultimate career in the following years.

I wouldn’t know what will happen to both of these British multi-talented actors in the following months. I might be surprised by their news, but for now I would be happy to follow the news on their acting career and wish the best for them.

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The world of Ben Barnes after Prince Caspian

Ben Barnes was around 26 when he got his non-catapulted fame after his role as Prince Caspian. Though I am very much fond to Ben Barnes, I tried to be logical. Ben Barnes was not entering the big screen without preparation. He graduated from Kingston University where he studied drama and English, specializing in children’s literature. He wrote several drama scripts, and was one of the talented pupils there. His multi-talents and knowledge was a strong combination to support his acting career.

Ben, as noted in one of his interview, also has an ability to speak in different accents. If you have seen Prince Caspian, you would agree that Ben’s Spanish accent was bold and convincing. I was also amazed by his almost perfect Russian accent in Bigga than Ben.

As a dedicated actor, Ben Barnes, for his role as Caspian, a young and naive prince evicted from his kingdom and must lead thousands of soldiers to win his throne back, got 6 weeks of full training for sword fighting, horse riding and archery. He also worked with a dialect coach to pull off his Mediterranean accent. link to video

By the time of filming, Ben — rode a horse only when he was 6 years old and it was a Shetland Pony not a real horse and never hold any weapons especially sword, was able to swim horses through rivers, slalom through pillars and mastering the sword fighting ^_^

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Again, I could be bias, because these days, when I wrote this blog, I was in the period of freaking crazy overdosed by Ben Barnes. But still, I try to be logical, sincere and genuine to bring out the facts.

On his role as Caspian, though he was playing the same role from a chronicles, Ben was luckier. For the next installment of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, he would play King Caspian. Physically, he could look as his age for that role, because the story was set years after Caspian became the King. As for the character, Ben could develop his character from a naive young prince to a mature, self-assured and strong personality king of Narnia.

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Because the filming breaks between Prince Caspian and Voyage of Dawn Trader was ridiculously long, but he could signed and finished his projects as the leading role in three movies. Easy Virtue, Dorian Gray and Locked In (formerly known as Valediction).

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Though Prince Caspian was well-promoted and his 15 storeys posters were everywhere, but Ben Barnes was not a darling and most wanted figure for magazines and photographers. The list of his photo shoots for magazines was short. He’s not received any award yet. (He even loses the popular MTV movie award for Best Breakthrough Male to Robert Pattinson). But for me, it was his lucky charm. Being not too famous, could make him more assured, that the roles offered to him was not because of his famous face would make any movie worth watching and bring cash back to producer’s pocket but because the directors thought he has talent. Though, sometimes he lost jobs because people have said that he’s too good looking, his face was not suitable enough for the “everyman character”.

But the road to a great acting career is often paved with the classics — and that’s a path that’s working so far for Ben Barnes, by taking a role in Easy Virtue, adaptation from Noel Coward’s play and Dorian Gray from a novel by Oscar Wilde. Barnes’ choices indicate that quality stories are a top priority for him as an actor, rather than taking the easier route of doing work that cashes in “flavor of the month” trends. I think he’s on his path to become a serious award-winning actor.

Both Easy Virtue and Dorian Gray were already on theater this year, so actually I could find reviews on his acting on those movies. Locked in (Valediction) is scheduled to be released next year. I will wait for 2010 international award events, Will his role as the mama’s boy John Whittaker in Easy Virtue, the corrupt narcissist Dorian Gray or for his role as tormented father, Josh Sawyer in Valediction resulting an award for him or not ^_^

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