A recent article details Robert’s method for preparing for his role in The Road Within. Robert’s character, Vincent, has Tourette’s syndrome. The story follows Vincent breaking out of a residential home with his OCD roomate (Dev Patel) and an anorexic woman (Zoe Kravitz) to take his mother’s ashes to the ocean.
Robert has been hanging out with sufferers of Tourette’s syndrome in order to understand their predicament.
The Laois native will play a young man suffering from the disorder in The Road Within.
And Robert says learning about Tourette’s has been an eye-opener.
“It’s exciting but absolutely terrifying. I’ve been hanging around with people who have Tourette’s a lot recently,” he explained.
The disorder is characterised by involuntary physical and vocal tics.
Robert finds the prospect of portraying it on screen daunting.
“To represent it is terrifying. It could be either the best or worst performance of my career,” he said.
The Road Within was wrapped up last week. It should be released in 2014.