June 3rd, 2010
11:16 AM ET

R.Patz was a nerd before 'Twilight'

Or, at least, he played one on TV.

In "The Bad Mothers Handbook," a 2007 BBC TV movie out on DVD on August 24, Robert Pattinson leaves his romantic alter ego behind and transforms himself into a bumbling geek.

Wearing shaggy bangs, Buddy Holly glasses, big sweaters, and constantly hunched shoulders, Pattinson plays Daniel Gale, the new student in town who befriends and eventually falls for his pregnant classmate, Charlie Cooper.

But unlike Edward, Daniel is hardly a charmer. In one scene, he not-so-smoothly presents Charlie with chocolates and a bouquet of flowers that he accidentally drops to the floor. "That was to lift your mood," Daniel tells her, "and make you less of a grumpy old bag." Yikes!

And while Edward may have had Bella swooning, Daniel has the opposite effect on Charlie, threatening death if he makes a move on her.

Sounds cheesetastic, we know. But hey, all heartthrobs have to start somewhere.

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  1. heidimarie

    I haven't seen the movie, but I know his soul. I can read everybody. I am The One. If you want answers, I'm here waiting for a response. I want to help and I have done my duty, but people still don't know me. I live in Ocean Springs, Ms and I'll be waiting. Everybody is doing well, but I can do more if I go public. CNN is part of the media. Help me live my destiny. I have no fear. I only fear GOD. Please don't deny as others have. The future is now.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. mushymushroom

    @dawn yeah, Nerds, Geek and Dorks aren't the same.
    Nerds are highly intellectual people who are inept socially.
    Geeks are highly intellectual people who are actually sociable.
    Dorks are not intellectual people and they are socially inept.

    Robert Pattinson, he seems to be a nerd and that's why I like him. Not that he's not that confident about himself but he's more of exhibiting a sense of humility given his current hollywood status. Some people who are socially inept, when appreciated too much, they tend to become arrogant and honestly Robert hasn't been like that so far. I like him, his simplicity and his humility. 🙂

    June 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marti

    Edward Cullen is a heartthrob... Rob Pattinson is still a nerd. Have you never seen him in an interview? FYI: I heart nerds.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dawn

    Geek and nerd are not the same thing.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Starr

    BMHB remains my favorite of all of his roles. Daniel Gale pwns Edward Cullen.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Garry-Arkansas

    Wasn't he on one of the Law & Order series as a rapist before he was in the current movies?

    June 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. holly

    Its not a BBC programme. But ITV. ITV programmes arent known for their lightness of touch.

    June 3, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |

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