After Pattinson came onstage, host Jon Stewart drummed his hands on his desk and asked the actor, “What have you been up to?”
He then whipped out two containers of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, one for himself and the other for Pattinson.
“We’re just a couple of gals talking,” Stewart quipped. “Tell me everything.”
After some jokes about how Pattinson wanted to avoid eating the ice cream because of its caloric content — “Oh yeah, you’ve gotten to be a fat f—,” Stewart joked — the actor talked about the difficulty of giving interviews amid a media storm.
“My biggest problem in my life is I’m cheap, and I didn’t hire a publicist,” Pattinson said. “Normally actors get everything scripted [for interviews].” He then added: “I’m going to hire a publicist.”
Chimed in Stewart: “I think you should. Or get a time machine. Either way.”
As for the Ben & Jerry’s — which was nearly melted by the time Stewart pulled it out from under his desk — the host said: “The last time I had a breakup, Ben & Jerry got me through some of the tougher times, so I thought you and I could bond over this, and talk about, ‘Boy, you are better off kicking her to the curb.'”
The host then showed footage of paparazzi staked outside The Daily Show studios trying to get shots of the actor.
“I think you’re confused about this show and what the real issues in America are,” Pattinson told Stewart. “Tonight, it really is the Twilight show.”
Pattinson also said he hopes that Cosmopolis — in which the actor stars as a billionaire whose mission for a haircut veers wildly off course — opens bigger than The Dark Knight Rises, even though it’s opening in only six theaters. He urged his Twilight fans to buy “eight tickets” apiece.
Cosmopolis, adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel, was directed by David Cronenberg and co-stars Juliette Binoche. Pattinson said it’s a hard film to explain.
“Trying to explain what the movie is about is physically impossible,” he said. “It’s a very kind of eccentric. It’s one of the only things I’ll ever do where I can say, I don’t think this will ever be made again, or it hasn’t been made before. Regardless of how people see it, at least it’s something new.”
Stewart ended the interview on a serious note, telling Pattinson: “My wish for you is that you get to handle your business and personal life in private. I wish you all the best.”
Pattinson later that night attended the premiere of the movie at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, wearing the same blue Gucci suit he adorned for his Daily Show appearance.
The British actor has kept a low profile ever since Stewart, his girlfriend and Twilight co-star, admitted July 25 to having an affair with her married Snow White & the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
“This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry,” Stewart said in a statement after Us Weekly ran photos of her and Sanders in compromising positions.
Pattinson also is scheduled to give a live interview on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday and will sit down with MTV on Thursday for a 30-minute interview to debut a new clip from Cosmopolis.
Cosmopolis, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles before expanding Aug. 24.