On the list of life's great pleasures, walking down a grim street in a one-horse Australian town probably doesn’t rank very high.
Yet if you're one of the world most recognized -- and harangued -- faces, it can have a remarkable effect on your psyche and work.
So it went, at least, for former “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson. The actor made the new post-apocalyptic Western “The Rover” in the otherworldly solitude of remotest Australia -- veritable ghost towns with names such as Leigh Creek and Quorn -- allowing him to escape the maddening swarms and focus on his acting as never before.
"It was great, just being able to be out there with no one around,” the...