Robert Pattinson: 'Elephants are like method actors'

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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.
April 5th, 2011

Robert Pattinson compared working with elephants to starring alongside "full-on method actors".

The 'Twilight Saga' star - who worked alongside the huge animals on new movie 'Water for Elephants' with Reese Witherspoon - loved having the opportunity to star with something that didn't know what it was doing and would react differently every time they shot a scene.

He said: "The best thing is that it takes away from the mundane [parts] of the day. If you're doing 20 takes or something, and there's a character who's going to be doing something totally different every time, it's always exciting. It's like working with a full-on method actor who's just improvising."

However, the British hunk did not always find it so endearing, as sometimes in an emotional scene the elephant - named Tai - would get in the way.

He said: "If there's like, an actual moment you have to get emotion across and suddenly there's like a trunk in your face."

Robert recently claimed he didn't know how big his role in the romantic drama was until he began shooting.

He said: "When I first read the script - because I didn't have that many lines - I just thought, 'Oh OK I get it. I'm like the eyes of the audience. It's going to be a big spectacle movie that isn't solely resting on my shoulders.' So I was very relaxed about it, going in.

"I only realised about halfway through. I was working every single day. Reese was hardly ever in."