Robert Pattinson blew up his microwave while demonstrating a pasta recipe in the middle of an interview. Now that is the challenge of quarantine cooking!
According to a GQ profile, the actor had some trouble while trying to invent a “pasta which you can hold in your hand.” He even had an Italian name for the dish: Piccolini Cuscino or “Little Pillow.”
The Batman actor is known for his sense of humor and GQ writer Zach Baron said he is still not sure whether the actor had an actual mishap or was trying a prank in their Facetime interview.
The British actor told the outlet he once asked himself, what if “pasta really had the same kind of fast-food credentials as burgers and pizzas? I was trying to figure out how to capitalize in this area of the market”.
He says he went so far as to design a prototype that involved the use of a panini press, and then, he says, he went even further, setting up a meeting with Los Angeles restaurant royalty Lele Massimini, the cofounder of Sugarfish and proprietor of the Santa Monica pasta restaurant Uovo. “And I told him my business plan,” Pattinson recalls, “and his facial expression didn’t even change afterwards. Let alone acknowledge what my plan was. There was absolutely no sign of anything from him, literally. And so it kind of put me off a little bit.” (Massimini says: “It’s 100 percent true, everything he told you.”)
He then went on to recreate the recipe, which included a “giant, filthy dust-covered box of cornflakes,” pre-sliced cheese, sauce (“just any sauce,” the actor said), sugar, penne, aluminum foil, and water, as per the Entertainment Weekly.
After burning himself with the pasta fresh out the microwave, Pattinson then accidentally lit one of his gloves on fire. He then wrapped the dish in even more aluminium foil and put it back in the microwave, which he assured was an oven and not a microwave.
“Proudly he is walking back toward the counter that his phone is on when, behind him, a lightning bolt erupts from the oven/microwave. Pattinson ducks like someone outside has opened fire. He’s giggling and crouching as the oven throws off stray flickers of light and sound,” Baron recalled.
“The f***ing electricity oh, my God, Pattinson said as the microwave went dark with a loud bang.
“Yeah, I think I have to leave that alone. But that is a Piccolini Cuscino,” the actor said.