Robert Pattinson 'the animal man'

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Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon star in this 2011 film adaptation of Sara Gruen's novel about a veterinary student abandons his studies and joins a traveling circus as their vet. While here he meets and falls in love with the beautiful young star of the equestrian act (Witherspoon), and together they bond over their shared compassion for a special elephant.
May 6th, 2011

Robert Pattinson was "Mr. Animal Man" on the set of 'Water for Elephants'.

The British actor plays a veterinary student who joins the circus in the new movie and Robert revealed he loved his time with the animals on set, especially the giraffes and elephants.

He said: "I had a neat experience with a baby giraffe who wouldn't respond to anyone but me. There's one scene where it's tied up to a pole, and there's cages with tigers on one side and lions on the other. "All the animals moved forward to the front of their cages, staring at the little giraffe, which freaked out so much that no one could calm it down for the shot. And I went up, gave her a little twig and the giraffe for some reason, calmed down and started licking my head. I thought, 'Wow, I'm like Mr. Animal Man in this thing!' I didn't understand what was going on and it just happened so many times throughout the shoot."

Robert also bonded so well with elephant Tai that he broke down in tears when she finished filming.

He explained: "I really felt a bond with the elephant Tai. She really had this aura. There was something incredibly peaceful about being around this huge creature who is incredibly gentle. I cried on the day she finished filming."