Robert Pattinson says he tried strangling himself to prepare for a fight scene in 'Remember Me' with Pierce Brosnan, and he ended up hurting himself.

"That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever done actually. I’ll not do that again in a hurry,” he says.

“I loved doing our fight scenes because I never do stuff like that in reality. I don’t know how I’d feel if it was real,” he says.

“It’s hard being strangled to look like its really happening. I actually tried strangling myself a bit before the scene started and after I was so riled up I hit myself an enormous slap."

Pattinson says the movie about a young man who has his share of fights and scrapes was in many ways about his own growing up experience where “a lot of people beat me up when I was younger. I was a bit of an idiot when I was younger. It was always unprovoked in my eyes,” he says.

What about his character Tyler’s anger management problem? Does he relate to that in any way?

"Not really. But at the same time I’ve known a lot of kids who were troubled teenagers and you meet their families and they’re always saying I don’t know what his problem is. The families always seem really nice and really supportive and there’s this unknown, there’s this energy you don’t know where to place it.

“I think the reason Tyler, the character I play, has a problem with his father (Brosnan) and not his mother is because he knows his mother’s not strong enough to take it.  If he suddenly just started attacking her she’d just break. But Tyler’s father is still a fighter and he’s always going to fight against him,” Pattinson said during an interview with the Irish Voice last week.

“I don’t think I have any particular problems myself in that respect. My relationship with my father is the opposite of the one you see in the film,” he says.

“And it’s funny because the part of the father was written as a much more controlling and arrogant character. But Pierce inevitably seems like a really nice guy and he read the character in a different way. In the film he’s not a horrible man, he’s not a monster, and it completely changed my relationship with him.