Article: Robert Pattinson to Star in Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’
Don DeLilloâ€™s â€œCosmopolisâ€ is a vintage, icy satire. Â It might share the NYC setting and financial playground staked out by Oliver Stone in â€œWall Street,â€ but whereas Charlie Sheen stands at his balcony and asks, â€œWho am I,â€ Eric Packer looks at his skyscraper penthouse from the street below and remembers, â€œI want a haircut.â€
And so begins Packerâ€™s Ulyssian odyssey through Manhattan as a 28 year old billionaire hedge fund manager, whoâ€™s made his money in tech stocks, and has an almost abstract-nihilistic approach to life and business.
Packer is, for all intents and purposes, an example of the CartesianÂ cogito ergo sum made flesh. Â The reader of â€œCosmopolisâ€ gets the impression that Packer might have sincerely tried to infuse meaning into existence, and simply discarded the notion when intellectual or financial excellence revealed no greater truths.
In fact, in the early chapters, there is no greater meaning to be derived from Packerâ€™s existence or existence, in general. Â He reads poetry to hear his breathing and marries a poet and heir to a European banking dynasty, even though he thinks sheâ€™s a shit poet and he doesnâ€™t need the money.
Everything in existence, whether biological or digital (like illuminated stock numbers), is merely a projection of a life without meaning for Packer. Â But it becomes apparent, as the novel progresses, that Packer is not simply some simple projection of post-modern nihilism.
With that in mind, is it possible for Robert Pattinson to pull of a character that can so easily descend into caricature?
Source: via Thinking of Rob
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