The Twilight star, who worked with the director on new drama Cosmopolis, took part in a 13-hour shoot with photographer Eliot Lee Hazel to revisit Cronenberg’s films.
In one creepy photo, the Brit can be seen lying shirtless on a couch with a hole in his stomach – a reference to Cronenberg’s Videodrome, in which the protagonist inserts video tapes into the slit.
The spread, for France’s Premiere magazine, also features a snap depicting Pattinson in bed with a pregnant woman and a clone of himself, which echoes Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers.
In an accompanying interview, the hunk, who turned 26 years old on Sunday (13May12), explains how working with the Canadian gave him a new feeling of confidence.
He says, “Filming Cosmopolis with David Cronenberg changed something in me. It gave me b**ls.
“Before, I spent my time doubting myself. As soon as I read a script I liked, I was working myself up, asking myself if I was good enough. Now, I tell myself, ‘F*** it! If they want to hire you, go!'”