Robert Pattinson afraid of coming down with 'the Mark Hamill curse'

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

The Twilight veteran is planning for a post-sparkle career, and in doing so he's got a list of dos and don'ts: The don'ts include not making back-to-back flops, while the dos seems to consist of crapping all over a beloved genre actor. Well done, R-Pattz.

In talking with Britain's The Guardian, Pattinson offered some salient perspective on life after a massive pop-cultural phenomenon and the choices an actor's gotta make:

"You can kind of have two failures—and they'd better be low-budget failures. ... Because if you have one big-budget failure you're pretty much done in this environment."

Sounds logical and well-reasoned, right? Sure. And then he kinda goes off the rails:

"It's like being compared to people who've been in massive movies who just sort of disappear afterwards, even though they probably had incredibly fulfilling and successful lives. ... Like Luke Skywalker.... People are like: 'Oh, the Mark Hamill curse.' And poor Mark Hamill. Jesus Christ."

Yes, Mark Hamill, who didn't go on to have Harrison Ford's meteoric career. Which could've have something to do with the disfiguring car accident he had between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back which hardened his boyish face. Or, yes, some of the choices he made post-Star Wars—which mostly consisted of low-budget genre projects and voiceover work, including a character-defining stint as the Joker.

Or, he might not have had Ford's career because one in a billion people have Ford's career. It's an anomaly ... and Hollywood is littered with once-popular young actors trying to duplicate it.

(via The Huffington Post)