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Twilight star Robert Pattinson on Friday got behind the #MeToo movement, arguing people that long suffered in silence now find safety in numbers to speak up.
“If you feel you’ve been wronged and don’t have the right to tell people and have been bullied into silence, it’s one of the most awful things in the world,” the actor told a press conference at the Berlin International Film Festival for his latest movie, Damsel.
“It’s kind of amazing when any dam breaks and people feel they have the numbers and will be safe to say what has happened to them,” he added.
Mia Wasikowska, who co-stars in the reinvented Western that bowed at Sundance before screening in Berlin, also weighed in on the #MeToo debate. Having previously starred with Pattinson in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, the actress said she spent most of the last year working in Australia.
Wasikowska said that participating in the Respect Rally at Sundance was her first direct connection with Hollywood’s #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns. “That was really amazing to feel the energy there and the connectedness of the people. I think it’s great and it’s going to bring really significant change,” she said at the Berlin presser.
Directed by Nathan and David Zellner (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), Damsel stars Pattinson as Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer who ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). But as he traverses the Wild West with a drunkard and a miniature horse named Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous.
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