"In a lot of ways, I was kind of crossing lines of what I thought I was comfortable doing," he said about his new movie "Little Ashes," in which he plays surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. "I had to do all this naked stuff.
"I thought I'd never get another acting job again," Pattinson continued. "So I was like, 'Yeah — why not try to do something weird?' There's all these gay-sex scenes. And, you know, I haven't even done a sex scene with a girl in my whole career."
Pattinson said it wasn't so much having to play gay that was hard, but having an audience there for it. "Here I am, with Javier [Beltrán], who plays [Federico Garcí] Lorca, doing an extremely hard-core sex scene, where I have a nervous breakdown afterward," he said. "And because we're both straight, what we were doing seemed kind of ridiculous. ... And it wasn't even a closed set. There were all these Spanish electricians giggling to themselves."