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Robert Pattinson Opens Up About Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Actor Robert Pattinson, mostly known for his roles like Edward Cullen from the “Twilight” movie series and Cedric Diggory from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” has been confirmed earlier this month to play our favorite superhero, Batman.

It was Director Matt Reeves who shared his thought process in choosing Pattinson over Nicholas Hoult for the role of Batman. Reeves said that he had already considered Pattinson for the part, not knowing that he also wanted it.

Since Pattinson’s shot to fame was his role as a heartthrob vampire in the “Twilight” films, it appears that he has assiduously turned away from films with huge studio franchise potential, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Nevertheless, this was also the same reason as to what made him attractive to Reeves and the Warner Bros. executive team.

However, the public didn’t see enough justification for Reeves’ choice. While it is important to note that actors can live entirely separate lives from the roles that they play, critics couldn’t help but comment on how Pattinson could be a bad move for Reeves and his team. On top of all of these, there are also people who are bewailing Pattinson’s lack of physique fit for a superhero.

The truth is that Pattinson is just one of the many male celebrities out there who are experiencing body dysmorphic disorder, which is a mental disorder that is characterized by obsessive thoughts on one’s own body part. Furthermore, having been on the spotlight for so many years, Pattinson has been exposed to harsh and unwarranted comments about his physique. As a result, those who experienced this kind of mental disorder tend to fix or hide their dysmorphic part.

This disorder is not only limited to Hollywood celebrities. In fact, normal people can also feel ashamed about certain body parts. Everyone has this ideal image of how you should look like. It is a dangerous mindset that can slowly eat away one’s self-esteem.

Allowing Pattinson to don the fabled mask and the black bat cape is beyond his physique or how he looks. Reeves shared that Pattinson was the perfect actor to cast as the new Batman not because of his body, but because of his success as a talented actor.

Robert Pattinson Robert Pattinson at Nikki Beach for the HFPA + Participant Media event honoring Help Refugees on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Nikki Beach Cannes