1. Your character in Water for Elephants share something with your character in Twilight, love. Jacob wants to offer a better life Reese’s character even if it means sacrificing himself. What would you be willing to do for love?
It depends. It is a difficult question. Love usually flows freely, with some exceptions.
2. Hi Rob, first I’d like to welcome you to our country. I read the book “water for elephants” over the weekend, fell in love with the character you portray and the story. One of my biggest concerns is whether the script was closely adapted from the book or have there been big changes made. Best regards from a twilight-mom, fan of yours and of Edward Cullen. Hope you have a good time these days and you take away good memories of our country.
I think it’s very close. There are a couple of characters in the book that are not in the script. And there are good changes in my opinion. The book tells of a rather dark circus, but the circus of the film is brighter with more light.
3. Having been presenting “Water for Elephants” in various cities around the world, where have you encountered the rowdiest fans? the most affectionate? Thank you very much, I admire your work, your smile and your sympathy. Do not change :)
Certainly there are many differences. Speaking of fans in Spain, they get very excited and transmit a lot of energy.
4. “Are you ever gonna take a vacation between projects? You need to rest too … Ana, Madrid
I hope so. But I will not be able to do in the coming months.
5. The performance I most enjoyed was that of Salvador Dali in Little Ashes. What place does it hold for you?
It was important. He’s a fascinating character. For me it was the first role that I really got into.
6. Do you consider yourself an enigmatic guy? I do think you are, you’re perfect.
I used to think it was. The more people know you, the less enigmatic you are.
7. Of the Twilight series, what was the movie that you liked best to film and why?
I think the first. It was the most fun to shoot. The second also because there wasn’t as much craziness yet…
8. Is it coincidence that most of his films are based on best sellers, does that give you security when accepting a script? Thanks. Ana Pastrana.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gonna do well because it’s based on a bestseller.
9. The first thing to greet you and congratulate you on your success, I think you’re a great actor and professional. In this new film, Water for Elephants Have you ever had a scene that for a moment thought I was going to be impossible to interpret? Maybe a stunt, or a scene that made you feel personally uncomfortable. Thank you very much Robert.
The final scene in the script seemed totally impossible. It took a long time to shoot.
Of Course! Another *Great* Interview! :)
I loved hearing him talk about the animals, especially Tai (“Rosie”)! And the musical banter back & forth cracked me up! In my personal opinion, it seems like an enjoyable, relaxed interview and you can definitely tell @bdkreviews actually cared about what Rob had to say and about the movie when talking to him. That’s always great!
Looking forward to more interviews (especially with Rob! LOL) from you in the future, @bdkreviews!
Check it out, everybody!
Article: Robert Pattinson talks about saying goodbye to Twilight’s Edward Cullen, Breaking Dawn, Water for Elephants & more!
So much for immortality. Vampire Edward Cullen is gone. The fanged teeth have been put into storage. The glittering makeup has hit the Hefty bag. Bring on the sunlight.
By the time you’re reading this article, Robert Pattinson will have wrapped his final scene for “Breaking Dawn: Part 2.”
In a way, he’s breaking up with his ethereal BFF.
“It does feel like a breakup. I do love the guy — and I’m going to miss him,” Pattinson, 24, says during an interview with the Sun-Times on a cool Sunday afternoon from his hotel suite in Santa Monica, Calif. “I prefer to think of ending this franchise like leaving school. It’s the last day of high school.”
He mulls over the plusses of leaving behind his romantic alter ego.
“I’ll be very glad not to put those contacts in anymore or have to put on the sparkling makeup,” he says with a giggle.
The thing about Pattinson is, he likes to giggle. A lot. Then his voice softens.
“It’s been amazing to play the same character through so many adventures. And it’s so strange because my life has changed so much over these years, but ‘Twilight’ and Edward Cullen will always be a part of me. It’s been my whole life. My whole 20s,” he says. “And I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
He knows that there is no way he’s leaving this room without spilling some secrets about “Breaking Dawn,” a two-part finale debuting in November.
“I haven’t really seen any of the footage, so I’m not sure how any of it turned out. All I can tell you is, it felt right. It was from the heart.
“I’m as curious as any ‘Twilight’ fan,” he insists.
‘A delicious, dirty world’
Fans are curious about Pattinson’s post-“Twilight” life, which includes another of the most talked about film projects of the year — “Water for Elephants,” based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen and opening Friday.
Pattinson plays Jacob, a veterinary student in the 1930s who forgets about his studies after his parents are killed. He opts to join a traveling circus as their vet and falls in love with the star attraction (played by Reese Witherspoon) who happens to be married to the ringmaster (Christoph Waltz).
Yes, there are love scenes with Witherspoon, but don’t expect any tabloid headlines.
“Listen, I had a cold and kept apologizing to Reese, who has since revealed to the press that I had the worst sinus infection when I was kissing her. She has said, ‘He was just sniffing all the way through.’ I guess that was her response to, ‘Reese, you’re the envy of so many girls.’”
“I shouldn’t have made my nose run,” he laments. “I was so embarrassed.”
He was thrilled to join up with a movie that thrust him into circus life.
“It’s such a delicious, dirty world,” Pattinson says. “I absolutely loved it. You’re allowed to relax, breathe and sweat in this world. There was something very real about it and it was quite a freeing experience.”
It turns out that he’s actually an animal person. And the feeling was mutual. Another female fawned in his presence — and she might just be his biggest fan.
She is Tai, his elephant co-star, and quite famous in her own right.
“She is such a phenomenal creature,” he says. “Hanging out with elephants is such a life-changing experience. I love that my job as an actor allows me to spend three months with elephants.”
Pattinson was told to watch it when it came to his famous kisser.
“The main rule was to watch out for the horses,” he says. “They will kick you. I was told that the zebras would kick me even harder. The easiest animals were the lions and tigers and elephants. They’re so sweet and so confident. They don’t really get troubled or nervous.”
A recognized star
Pattinson also is becoming quite a confident movie star despite the perils of international fame.
“I was in New Mexico doing a road trip across the states with my friends. I didn’t get recognized at first, but then a woman recognized one of my friends because he was next to me in a paparazzi picture — from two years ago!
“Literally, we were in the middle of nowhere and this woman turns around and screams, ‘Aren’t you Robert Pattinson’s friends?’ Then her head turned again and she looked at me. “She was in utter shock,” he says. “This took place at a fairground outside of nowhere and I thought we’d have to find her an ambulance, which wouldn’t have been easy.”
A few years ago, Pattinson seemed uncomfortable with fame, but now seems to just laugh it off.
“It’s hard to walk down the street. You can’t just do it in a regular way,” he says. “I have to think about my moves. I can’t just casually run out to the store to buy milk. I have to plan ahead and figure out if the paparazzi will be there.”
Of course, there are all those persistent relationship rumors, including that he’s about to marry his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart, settle down and have some bambinos — at least according to an Italian magazine.
“I don’t understand how they printed that. It’s a completely made-up interview,” he says. “I’d love to have a family — sometime in the future.”
They may not be having babies in real life, but their characters Edward and Bella get married and have a child in “Breaking Dawn.”
Ask Pattinson about one of the most pivotal scenes — the birth of Bella and Edward’s child and turning Bella into a vampire — and he pauses. He isn’t sure how much to let out of the bag. Then he giggles and lets it rip.
“It was insane intense,” he says. Edward can either lose her or give her a bite and thus immortality. “It was a pretty traumatic scene for me to do as an actor and, frankly, horrible for me emotionally.
“Edward has tried for so long not to turn Bella into a vampire and now … well, it’s very sad. He feels like he has let her down.”
Pattinson stops and laughs.
“Now stop asking or I’ll be in trouble.”
‘Animal Magnetism‘…? Meow…
On ‘Remember Me’ – “I liked the idea of this film. But I also thought that it was a fairly good career step. It doesn’t alienate the audience of the image that I have. It’s not a ultra-violent or ultra-depressing movie. It’s a simple. old-fashioned story, which is not asking too much from the audience. I thought that was quite good because its my first big movie outside of the Twilight stuff. I’m doing a David Cronenberg movie next. Cosmopolis, with Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti, which is a pretty big step for me. After that I’m hoping to be producing something. I’m not entirely sure yet.”
What drew him to drama, the movies. “I guess it was a variety of things… the pretty girls?” he grins. “There was a theater company around the corner from my house (in Barnes, London). I guess it was something that I always wanted to do, but I thought that it was also kind of pretentious. I didnt’ mind the kids that were acting in school, but I wanted to do it secretly outside of school. I just liked the environment. I worked backstage for about three years, and just watched everything. Then I did a couple of plays, then I got an agent from one of those plays. Then my first audition was for ‘Troy’ – I was auditioning to play Brad Pitt’s cousin. I was like “What? I’m gonna play Brad Pitt’s cousin?” That was the first time that I’d ever done anything ,so that excitement held for something like six months, then I did ‘Vanity Fair’ with Reese.”
“After Vanity Fair, I went to South Africa (for Curse of the Ring) for three months, which for a 17-year-old was pretty great. You get an apartment, you get paid. Its fun, I thought. ‘Okay, I’m an actor now.’”
Today, he’s more pragmatic. “I enjoyed them then, but I don’t now. If anything I wish that I could stay in a shitty hotel and be a part of everything. I’m always separated from the crew now. I have to be in some secure place and I’m not able to hang out with anyone. That is the best of part of doing movies, too, where everyone is so tight for three months so when you leave you’ve actually created a relationship with people. Right now, I’m doing things where I don’t even know people’s names. It’s very frustrating but I have to figure out ways to live my life the way I want to live it. It just takes a while, and it’s not like there’s any map or guide for this life of mine.
“Most actors I see try to encourage it (a fan base) because they think that’s what’s gonna give them a long-lasting career. I just don’t think that is the case. The more that you reveal of yourself, the more you over-saturate your image, and the less interesting that people find you. If you’re just an empty shell with your face stuck on everything, its cool, but the hysteria can only last so long. Mystery lasts a lot longer yet the industry is devoted to tearing every shred of mystery left in any kind of celebrity apart, so you have to work to maintain anything. In my case, I just hide. I’m in stand-by mode until I actually do something. If I’m not working I just sit around. I try to watch a film but my attention span is so short that I’m bored after 20 minutes. I used to play this game in iPhone, ‘Fall Down’ – it’s the most ridiculous thing which involves absolutely no brain effort whatsoever and I’d sit and sometimes play it for 16 hours. I get obsessed with things in short bursts. Like in the beginning of the last Twilight movie, I was working out a lot because I had to take my shirt off all the time. So I was obsessed of going to the gym all the time and cycling everywhere, but as soon as I finished. I just stopped dead. And I haven’t gone to the gym since.
He deleted his personal photos. “I actually managed to delete every single photo that I took on my phone from the beginning of Twilight until now, which was my only record of my life.
How it happened? “What can I say, I was incredible bored, so I tried to update my iPhone and wiped everything out.”
From Fox All Access:
Robert Pattinson has one of the most devoted fans bases that anybody can have. Thus far, Pattinson has spent the majority of his acting career working on the Twilight films, which are soon coming to an end. Pattinson is near completing the last of those films, Twilight: Breaking Dawn. But, next Friday, his fans will get to see a different side of him when his new film, Water For Elephants, based on a beloved book, opens in theatres. Pattinson gives what we think is his best performance yet.
We spoke to Pattinson who told us that he knows his mother will like the film, but also hopes his fans will.
Click HERE for the audio clip.
Scans & Translation: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon talk ‘Water for Elephants’ with Marionnaud Magazine (Switzerland)
Update: Similar to the Miradas Magazine interview, but still an enjoyable read nonetheless! :)
“Water For Elephants” tells from the magical love which changes two people despite every objection and holds a lifetime. In the sophisticated screen adaption of Sara Gruen’s same-named bestseller, a past era becomes vivid again and a circus to a location of dramatic incidents.
Towards the end of the shooting, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk The Line”) and “Twilight”-Star Robert Pattinson were available for a short interview on set with the British journalist Elaine Lipworth.
Elaine Lipworth: Reese, could you describe Marlena’s journey? It looks like a wonderful role you’re playing.
Reese Witherspoon: She’s fantastic. I am overhappy that I’ve got the role of Marlena. It really is an experience playing a woman, who experiences such an interesting journey throughout the whole movie – from a by violence scarred relationship up to the eventual release and new hope in her life. And I must add (laughs), I know this might sound fluffy: But even just the glamour of everything is so fascinating, the costumes and the entire set…!
EL: What type of woman is Marlena?
RW: She’s a very interesting girl. She’s got a strong survival instinct and works with an unbelievable strictness to be THE attraction in the circus.
EL: How would you describe Jacob, Robert?
Robert Pattinson: The circus world is entirely unknown to him. At the beginning of the story he knows exactly who he is and what he wants. But he notices that the world he gets roped into threatens the idealism in him. In a way the story tells about Jacob, who comes face to face with so many exertions and challenges – and at the end of the day he realizes that he can still be an idealist.
EL: How long have you practised with the elephant, Reese? When we see you and Rosie riding, we think you’ve been doing this for a lifetime.
RW: I’ve practised with her for three months. I drove twice a week to the ranch where she lives with six other elephants and practised with her. Again and yet again I fell off her back.
EL: Have you developed a close relationship between you and Rosie?
RW: Oh yes! Today’s her last day on set and it makes me really sad. This nonverbal, very close relationship with an animal we’re all connected with, is simply magical.
RP: Rosie has got a wonderful aura. It’s strange – all elephants have got this, perhaps because of their size. You’re just so comfortable around them.
EL: What about the other animals?
RP: Well the lion is rather a sullen bloke. (laughs)
RW: You can’t even speak with the lion. You can’t even look at his thatch.
RP: The zebras are completely crazy! One day they ran away and we all ran for our lives – I grabbed Christoph Waltz and hide behind him. (laughs)
Scans & Translation: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon talk ‘Water for Elephants’ with Miradas Magazine (Argentina)
You’ve worked together before, how was that experience?
Reese: Yes! We met on the set of Vanity Fair. I played his mother (laughs). I was like 28.
Rob: I was like 16.
Can you describe your journey as Marlena?
Reese: It’s amazing. I feel so lucky playing this role. Marlena was abandoned when she was little and she found her way in 1920 America, a time when the country was going through the Depression. It was a great experience playing a woman that has an amazing journey through out the movie going through a violent relationship and finding finally some hope in her life.
Rob, when does Jacob join the circus?
Rob: He’ studying to become a vet in College. He’s about to take his finals when his parents die in an accident. He finds out they put their home on a second mortgage and the clinic where he was supposed to work to pay for his studies. He gets on a train and tries to find job, he realizes he’s on a circus’ train. He sees Marlena the first day and she’s one of the reasons he decides to stay and work for the circus.
Reese, how was your training for the movie and your training to work with the elephant?
Reese: I trained for three months. I visited twice a week at her ranch where she lives with 6 other elephants. I fell off many times, but she’st is very skilled. She can pick up things the size of a pencil or a person. She picked me up with her mouth the first time we met. It was incredible.
Did you bond with the elephant in real life?
Reese: Yes. Today is the last day on set and I’m very sad about it. having this amazing relationship with an animal is so magical.
Rob: I’m sad too. It’s weird. These elephants have an amazing aura. You feel so peaceful when you’re with them. I could sit next to her all day.
What about the other animals?
Rob: The lion gets mad pretty easily (laughs).
Reese: The zebras are crazy! One time one of them ran loose and we all had to run away from it, I took Christoph and had to hide behind him.
Rob: I think the zebra ran directly toward me (laughs), so I got out of the way like any sane person would, and I turned around the corner and it looked like Christoph was protecting Reese, but in reality, she was grabbing him like a shield in front of her (laughs).
Was it challenging working with horses?
Reese: It was harder than the training with elephants. I grew up riding horses but I hadn’t done it in a while. n the movie I had to straddle the horse and perform many stunts.
Was it easy for you to play your role, Rob?
Rob: Yes I think I can relate more to animals than to people. I discovered that each animal has its weaknesses. If you bring mints and candy elephants will love you. Giraffs will do anything you want if you wash your hands in fruit juice. There was a giraffe that trainers had been having problems with for 6 months because she refused to do anything. I went to her with my arms soaked in apple juice and she followed me everywhere.
Did you read the book before the movie?
Reese: I hadn’t read the book before making the movie. It was one of the books that I had in my house but had never read, I thought “I’ll read it soon” but never did. I found that it’s a beautiful love story. Sara Gruen, the author, did some major research for this book. It must’ve been a wonderful experience for her when she visited the set and seeing all the things she had imagined being brought to life.
Rob: I hadn’t read the book until I got the part. I was reading it on a plane and I realized a girl next to me was reading it too. Then I had to fly to do some final scenes for Eclipse and another person was reading it on the plane. It was so weird.
This role if very different from your role in Twilight. How exciting is this to you?
Rob: It’s amazing to work with such great actors. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed on. When I met the elephant I thought she was so amazing and I didn’t want anyone else to play this role. This has been an amazing experience from day 1. Everybody is very involved. It will be a great movie.