The Twilight star, 24, was on the fence about taking the role of Jacob, a veterinary student who joins a traveling circus in the upcoming Depression-era romantic drama Water for Elephants – until the actor met Tai, his 42-year-old, nearly 9000-lb. costar.
“Rob was non-committal until he saw the elephant,” recalls the film’s animal coordinator Paul ‘Sled’ Reynolds. “After he met Tai, he knew he wanted to do this movie. He absolutely adored that elephant.”
PEOPLE has a first look at some of the film’s rich images – and Pattinson’s near smooch with Tai.
The adaptation of Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel, which arrives in theaters on April 22, tells the story of a love triangle that develops between Jacob, Reese Witherspoon’s Marlena, who is the show’s bottle-blonde star performer, and her husband August, the circus’s abusive ringleader, played by Oscar-winning Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz.
While it was important to the filmmakers that Pattinson bond with Tai, their chief concern was making sure sparks flew between him and Witherspoon, 34.
“I saw early on that those two had a real on-screen chemistry,” the film’s director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) tells PEOPLE. “There was just this thing that happens between the two of them when they are together as those two characters that was very exciting.”
A Sensitive Guy
Lawrence became convinced that Pattinson could pull off the challenging role of Jacob shortly after a meeting with the British heartthrob to discuss the part.
“When I sat down with Rob, I found that despite his success, there was a real sense of humility with him,” says Lawrence. “I found that he was kind of uncomfortable in his own skin, and maybe even uncomfortable with everything that was happening to him. Rob is a very sensitive guy who very much loves animals.”
Adds Lawrence, “I found that, wow, this guy kind of already is Jacob.”
For more about Water for Elephants and exclusive pictures from the movie, pick up this week’s PEOPLE magazine
A Finnish trailer for Water For Elephants has been released, and while it features basically the same footage, there are an extra few shots in there!
Twentieth Century Fox is taking advantage of a sudden opening on the 2011 Easter calendar, pushing back the release of its animated 3D film Rio from April 5 to April 15, and Water For Elephants from April 15 to April 22.
The shifts were prompted after Warner Bros. moved Steve Carell’s Crazy, Stupid, Love from April 22 to July 29.
Easter Sunday falls on April 24 in 2011.
Rio and Water for Elephants, toplining Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz, are now positioned closer to the holiday.
It’s the end of 2010 already! I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope you have a fun night if you’re celebrating tonight, and that 2011 is a wonderful and happy year for you!
It’s been a fairly quiet year for Reese, with only one movie release. 2011 is set to give us the highly anticipated Water For Elephants, and then there’s that other little thing of Miss Reese’s approaching nuptials!! Thanks for your support of Glamour Reese Witherspoon this year – I hope you all enjoy visiting this site as much as I enjoy running it! There’s lots more to come here in the new year (I still need to re-build half of the Gallery!) so I hope you’ll stick with us and look forward to lots of Reese updates and goodies, as we bring you the best of Reese.
Reese Witherspoon, who topbills James Brooks’ “How Do You Know,” asked how her holidays would be different with a new boyfriend (Jim Toth), laughed heartily and replied, “I don’t know yet. We’ve never spent Christmas together.” She described her beau as “part Italian and Hungarian, so it will be interesting.”
“I make my mother’s champagne punch, which is basically just champagne and ginger ale,” the actress remarked with a chuckle. “Everybody has too much to drink and sings loudly. It’s fun! We watch the kids rip through their presents. They have the best time.”
- showbizandstyle.inquirer.net (article dated December 24th)
Glamour Reese Witherspoon would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to Reese on this wonderful news! We’re so happy for you Reese! What a special Christmas this must’ve been for her.
Reese Witherspoon is ready to make it official with boyfriend Jim Toth: The couple are engaged, PEOPLE confirms.
The Oscar winning actress, 34, and the Hollywood agent, 40, have been dating for about a year
“Jim knows she’s the one,” a source told PEOPLE earlier this month. “They’re a perfect match.”
This will be the second marriage for Witherspoon, who has two children, Ava, 11 and Deacon, 7, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
Witherspoon currently stars in the romantic comedy How Do You Know. She won an Oscar in 2006 for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line.
It’s that time of year again, and Glamour Reese Witherspoon would like to wish you all, and Reese and her loved ones, a very Merry Christmas! I hope your holidays are filled with shiny presents, yummy food, and most importantly of all, a lot of Christmas joy!
I have managed to sneak in another update before Christmas, and I’m glad I did – I’ve capped (and watched) Reese’s interview with Chelsea Lately, and it was a great interview! It felt a lot more relaxed than some talk shows do, and was very funny (well, most Reese interviews are funny, I know ). So, 200+ screencaps from the show have been added to Reese-Pics.com for your viewing pleasure!
This will be the last update before Christmas, but I will be back next week (or the week after) with lots more Reese goodies for you to enjoy
- TV & Interviews > Talk Shows > Talk Shows from 2010 > Chelsea Lately – December 21st 2010
Screencaps from this and other recent TV appearances will be added after Christmas!
“Chelsea Lately” features visits from Diddy-Dirty Money (Monday), Reese Witherspoon (Tuesday) and Crystal Bowersox (Wednesday).