Jay continues to scoop big ones!
Boyish actor at height of fame!
Fans camped out in the street for days, the actor's down-to-earth parents watched amused from the sidelines, and a talk show host - a tad more in-the-face than usual - was all over the dreamy heartthrob like flies on sh**.
And, the studio audience went positively gaga when the Twilight star trotted out on stage!
Of course, the much-anticipated interview was focused on flavor of the month, actor Robert Pattinson.
Pattinson - in elegant grey suit and chic ultra-tin tie - plunked down opposite the big-chinned Leno and wasted no time in engaging in some quick upbeat repartee.
"My father's favorite film is Jaws," he laughed.
The handsome star chuckled that his Dad often glanced over the scripts when they flew in.
His take on Twilight?
"A mixture of Jaws and Superman."
The audience roared.
Yes, Pattinson not only gives "good interview", but has an earthy boisterous sense of humor to boot.
At one point, the cameras panned beyond the footlights and shone the spotlight on his pretty mom and proud father, who casually gazed on from the sidelines slightly amused by all the fuss.
Although the "promotional road" is tough, Pattinson was fortunate that his father kept in touch, with a round of e-mails that the star referred to as slightly traditional in some respects.
"My father always starts off his notes in a slightly formal way."
"Dear Robert," he read from one in his hand that typified that.
Pattinson, a chip off the old block, is often treated to his Dad's advice without fail.
"Kissing a lady's hand is very refined," Robert quoted from one poignant missive.
"I impressed your mother that way."
The Twilight actor sported a slightly shorter "do" than usual on the Tonight Show at NBC at the witching hour last night, and boasted a bit of fuzz around the chin that suited his dark dangerous looks.
At one juncture, Jay congratulated the English thespian on the success of his films.
Spontanteous applause rocked the packed theatre in response.
Then, after buttering up Pattinson (one of my aunties used to call it "soft-soaping when I was a kid), he dove in for the kill.
"So, there's a nude scene in Eclipse," Jay interjected in a sly effort to rustle up a reaction out-of-the-blue.
"How does your Mom feel about that," he probed further.
Without skipping a beat, Pattinson pulled a funny.
"She's seen it all before," the outgoing Brit quipped.
"But, a much smaller version," Jay was quick to wickedly joke.
On the subject of filming nude scenes on the set, Pattinson was quite flip.
"Well, they give 'ya this little robe to toss on," he recalled.
"But, the moment you take it off, the whole body starts failing."
What, no boner?
"I started convulsing," he grinned.
The scenario he depicted was quite an entertaining one which the rapt studio fans lapped up.
"Although, there were six or seven guys hanging about (they're members of the crew, Robert) - no one looked at his sexy frame- except for the camera-guy who glanced through the lens to set the shot," he noted for the record.
Suddenly, he perceived the "reverse humor" in being ignored in that moment of truth while he was "starkers" (an English term for being in your birthday suit).
"Heh, I'm sitting here naked, I want some respect," he imagined himself demanding of blase film dudes.
Interestingly, when Mr. Pattinson is not emoting (acting in a scene on the silver screen) a distinctive accent comes to the fore in his conversational voice not normally evident (or prevalent) before.
Like the Beatles before him, there is something particularly endearing about that.
Actually, Pattinson's unique persona is quite captivating, in fact.
Evidently, judging by the way jaded talk show biggies - like Jay Leno last night - gush at the golden opportunity to pick the kid's brains at the peak of a sizzling film career that continues to remain hot!
See 'ya June 30th at the screening of Eclipse!