Robert Pattinson has taken method acting to a whole new level after revealing he masturbated for real in 2008 film 'Little Ashes'.

The former 'Twilight' star has told of how he pleasured himself whilst filming a gay sex scene in the film about Salvador Dali.

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Robert Pattinson

He told Germany's Interview magazine: “I once decided to quit acting; it was when I did ‘Little Ashes'. I played Salvador Dali and had to do a lot of scenes where I was naked, and I also had to masturbate. I mean really.

“My orgasm face is recorded for eternity,” he said.

Asked why he didn't just 'fake it', he added: "[It] just doesn’t work, so I pleasured myself in front of the camera."

Well, that's something we certainly we'ren't expecting to hear today.

WATCH a scene from the film below...

But now we're not so surprised at the news R-Patz was apparently 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' novelist EL James' first choice to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation.

After it was announced Charlie Hunnam had landed the role, 'American Psycho' author Bret Easton Ellis tweeted: "Talked to EL James at a party over the summer: her first choice for Christian was Rob Pattinson and Matt Bomer was never in the running," he tweeted.

"EL James and I were at Rob Pattinson's house when she admitted that Rob was first choice for Christian. Ian Somerhalder never in running."

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