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Is singer-writer and early punk inspiration Patti Smith a fan of Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson?

You bet.

The iconic performer, who is steadily working with Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (in between touring) on the script for a film adaptation of her 2010 bestselling memoir Just Kids, about her relationship with photographer Robbert Mapplethorpe when the two were starving young artists in New York City, voiced her appreciation of the Twilight stars to EW just before her small, private concert for Los Angeles radio station KCRW on Wednesday. She added that she could see the pair playing her and Mapplethorpe on screen … when they were lesser known.

“I remember the very first time I saw Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson together, when they were younger, and I thought, ‘Those two kids could have easily played us when they were first starting,” said Smith. “There’s something in his eyes. And Robert [Mapplethorpe] was also a bit shy, and a bit stoic. Kristen has a very special quality. She’s not conventionally beautiful, but very charismatic.”

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Hear that Robsten? Stewart, who’s already played another rocker, Joan Jett, in 2010’s The Runaways, better perk up those slender ears.

Smith, a self-professed movies fan, also said that writing the screenplay was harder to do with her packed touring schedule behind her newest album Banga, but that anyone who snags the coveted roles of her and Mapplethorpe have to be unknown names. (Ok, put those ears down, Robsten).

“John Logan and I are very close. We have our format. We’re both really busy right now. That’s the kind of thing that has to be done at the right time, and treated very tenderly,” Smith said. “Robert and I were very young. We were 20. We were unknowns, and I think it should be unknowns in the film, and young.”

As for newer actresses she loves, besides Stewart?

“I love Mia Wasikowka. I love the girl who plays Hannah – Saoirse Ronan. She’s brilliant. The depth of that girl. There’s a lot of interesting actresses and actors for any project. It’s a subject I like to think about. It gives me great hope when I see new young artists in any field,” said Smith, grinning. “People always ask me about my favorite new bands. I don’t really have any, but I have a lot of favorite new actresses. I love the movies. The first time I saw Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, I must have cried an hour. I just sat in the movie theater. I saw Mia again in Jane Eyre, and she was wonderful in that. I just enjoy the movies.”

Case in point: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Ed Harris, Tim Robbins and Ellen Page all showed up to Wednesday’s show.

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