EDWARD Cullen wouldn't last five minutes in the baking heat of Marree, a one-pub town 650km north of Adelaide.
But Robert Pattinson has channelled the physical discomfort of his seven-week summer shoot in the middle of the Aussie Outback into a character he hopes will make an equally indelible impression as the Twilight vampire.
"It's added lots to the performance - being covered in dirt, pouring sweat, with tons of flies around. You lose your inhibitions quite quickly," the English star said on the set of his latest film,The Rover, in which he sports a crude DIY haircut and badly-decayed teeth.
A neo-western set in a brutal, anarchic near future, the $12 million film is director David Michod's hotly anticipated follow-up to the internationally acclaimed Animal Kingdom.
Marree, population 90, is about as far from Hollywood as an actor can get.Guy Pearce plays the title character, an embittered outsider with whom Pattinson's naive victim forms an uneasy alliance.
"That's good in some ways," Pattinson says. "You definitely end up making a different movie. Being in the desert has a funny effect. It does change you in a way."
Pattinson confirmed his participation in three upcoming projects: Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert with Naomi Watts and Jude Law; Maps to the Stars, a comedy directed by David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis); and Hold Onto Into Me with Carey Mulligan.