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Robert Pattinson on 'Ellen': His beef with Julia Roberts, a head full of 'nits'

May 19, 2010 |  1:10 pm

Thanks to Ellen DeGeneres, all of your burning Robert Pattinson questions are answered -- for Wednesday at least. 

Stopping by the "American Idol" judge's daytime chat show, RPattz confirmed that indeed he has shorn his long locks for the film "Water for Elephants." But not before confusing everyone with an attempt at a joke (and we know how that goes).

Rpattz-on-ellen-web"I got a terrible infestation of nits," he told Ellen about his buzzed do. Huh?

"Are they not called 'nits'? Or are they called gnats?" he pondered. "Head lice?"

Um, OK, Rob -- let's just talk about how beautiful you are. Ellen brought up his placement in People magazine's Most Beautiful People issue. More so, she noted he didn't land the first photo in the pictorial, which was awarded to Julia Roberts, who'd been bumped from the cover by some minor news from Sandra Bullock.

"I didn't realize it was a competition," he said. "I thought I tried really hard keeping the pace for the year and Julia Roberts, where did she come from? She came out of nowhere." 

There's always next year, Pattinson. Meanwhile, "Elephants" starts shooting Thursday, according to the actor, with Reese Witherspoon and best supporting actor Oscar winner Christoph Waltz

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Robert Pattinson on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday. Credit: Michael Rozman / Warner Bros. / Associated Press

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