Robert Pattinson's elephant incident

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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.
September 4th, 2010

Robert Pattinson was almost squashed by an elephant on the set of his new movie.

The 'Twilight Saga' hunk - who stars alongside Reese Witherspoon in the forthcoming film 'Water for Elephants' - narrowly escaped being rolled on by a huge grey animal called Rosie, whilst trying to give her a bath.

A source said: "The script called for the elephant to step forward while swinging her trunk from side to side, but Rosie got her signals mixed up. Instead, she sat down on her big butt, lifted her front legs - then rolled over. Before anyone could react, Robert slid right down the elephant's back. It could have been a disaster if she'd rolled over on him - but he got lucky, landing face first in a pile of dirt and mud. He was filthy, but unharmed."

Although he narrowly escaped serious injury, Robert quickly got up to the amusement of his co-stars and crew members.

The source added to National Enquirer magazine: "Everyone on the set cracked up - especially Reese, who was laughing so hard she couldn't catch her breath."

He told the group: "I'm just glad she didn't roll on top of me!"