Robert Pattinson prefers not to see himself act

Robert Pattinson prefers not to study his performance after he has completed a movie.

The Twilight heartthrob played eccentric artist Salvador Dali in 2008 art-house film Little Ashes and found it painful to watch himself onscreen.

‘It's like self-flagellation, so why would I bother?' he says. 'And I didn't want to piss on anyone's grave. It was hard to watch my first scene in which I turn up in this funny little hat.'

Robert also hates doing phone interviews and amuses himself by telling journalists a few white lies.

He cheekily claims: ‘I do really intellectually highbrow stuff in my downtime. I read first edition Shakespeare. I write poetry. I'm trying to get my masters in neuroscience. That's the kind of guy I am... '

All amusing fibs, he admits to The Guardian Guide.

'Man, I don't even know what a masters is.'

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Beren Reid