The cool-aunt-you-wish-you-had Patti Smith’s memoir, the National Book Award winning Just Kids, was a poetic portrait of her youthful days with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, chronicling their starving artist years in New York City at the turn of the punk movement.
Patti might have made you cry with her spare and delicate prose that offered the rocker’s insights on life, love, and art, and now she’s making you cry even more with this thought you wish never entered her head: She wants Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson to portray her and Mapplethorpe in the movie.
“I remember the very first time I saw Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson together, when they were younger, and I thought, ‘Those two kids could have easily played us when they were first starting,” the Horses icon told Entertainment Weekly in L.A.
“There’s something in his eyes. And Robert [Mapplethorpe] was also a bit shy, and a bit stoic. Kristen has a very special quality. She’s not conventionally beautiful, but very charismatic.”
While Kristen, already having proven her chops at channeling femme-blazing rockers like Joan Jett in The Runaways, could be somewhat believable as Patti, her with Rob in a story this tender would only be eclipsed by their fame, so let’s hope this was just a fleeting observation.
Also, with the amount of fame they have at the ages of 22 and 26, they’ve been in the Hollywood machine way too long to capture the innocence and naïveté required of the story.
Fortunately, this was already clear to Patti who clarified what the role needed and it’s far from flavor of the month vampire franchisees.
“Robert and I were very young. We were 20,” Patti explained of the story line’s essence. “We were unknowns, and I think it should be unknowns in the film, and young.”
It’s a feeling I fully support and Patti, I don’t know why I ever doubted your forever wise soul. I apologize. Just please, don't scare me like that again.