Robert Pattinson says he has developed a much stronger affinity with animals after working in “Water For Elephants” and says he honestly feels better working with then than with people. Sorry Reese! His comments came in a new interview with a French magazine.
Rob is making the rounds promoting his new movie with Reese Witherspoon and Christolph Waltz about a young veterinary student who joins the circus to find himself after his parents are killed in an accident.
In the movie he plays Jacob, the veterinary student who falls for Marlena, the wife of the circus’ animal trainer, August, played by Waltz. But Rob says Rosie the elephant was also his love interest.
He says he easily connected with the character. Yes, honestly, I feel better working with animals than with people,” he told Dark magazine.
“I found out that all the animals had a weakness. You just need some peppermint to be loved by elephants. I realized you can do whatever you want with giraffes whenever you have apple juice on your hands.
“Even the animal trainers were astonished.
“There was a six-month-old girafe on set and they couldn’t make her do what they want . I came to see her covered with apple juice and she followed me anywhere. Everybody was like ‘How did you do it ? Why does she do as you say?'”
Rob says Thai the elephant was the most extraordinary animal he worked with.
“I was so sad when I had to leave her at the end of the shooting. She had such an extraordinary charisma. It’s weird.”
“It must be the same with any other elephants since they are so huge. You feel untroubled when you are next to them. I would easily sit all day long next to Tai. And it’s what I did the very first days.
“I always sat next to her and I stayed there all day long. There’s no way she tramples on you or hurts you because she always knows exactly where you are. Those animals have amazing personalities – at least, she has. She’s lovely.”
As for his interest in Marlena, he says it’s love at first sight for Jacob.
“He sees Marlena the very first day and these are the two main reasons he wants to stay and be part of this circus life. He gradually manages to accept his new life and falls for Marlena. And he also manages to blow everything out,” he says with a laugh.
“Jacob goes through several trials of life, he faces a lot of difficulties throughout the story, and in the end, he realizes that he kept his idealism, no matter what,” says Rob about his character. “I think this is what moves Marlena and encourages her to follow him.
For more on the film, check out the HBO special, “HBO First Look: Water For Elephants.”
It will premiere on HBO, Wednesday, April 6th at 9:45pm EST. Meanwhile, check out Rob’s Water outtakes from Entertainment Weekly.