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!
Things That Make Ya Go ‘Hmm’…
What interesting figures… I love the statistics of this article! *happy claps*
Water for Elephants has quite a lot going for it. It’s based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen, so that gives it a built-in audience. Add to that the fact that any director would kill to have the film’s three leads, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz, and you have what looks like a hit. Elephants is bound to appeal more to moviegoers aged 25+, and that means there may not be a huge opening weekend rush. Expect the film to show decent legs even as Fast Five and Thor begin to dominate multiplexes in the weeks to come.
Online buzz is surprisingly strong for Elephants. The drama leads all unreleased films with a 17.24% market share of online opinions. The presence of Robert Pattinson certainly accounts for a lot out of those comments.
On Facebook, Water for Elephants’ most active page has added nearly 50,000 new supporters since early Monday morning. That’s a very healthy number for a drama aimed at adults. Twitter activity is also very strong. Water for Elephants is inspiring more tweets than Remember Me and Charlie St. Cloud.
Fandango is reporting that Water for Elephants accounts for 10% of daily sales. That impressive figure could jump even higher tomorrow as more couples plan for the weekend.
Expect Water for Elephants to take in $18 million from about 2,700 locations during its debut frame.
Click here to read the full article.
I’m So Excited!
Seriously.. I cannot wait… I’m going to see this tonight & I’m radiating with excitement. Yes, I’m a goober, but an EXCITED goober! LOL
Life, as anyone will tell you, is a constant reminder that even the best laid plans don’t always work out. Take Jacob (Pattinson). One day he’s off to college, about to get his veterinary degree and make love to the woman of his dreams. The next, he runs away and joins the circus!
Based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen, “Water for Elephants” is easily one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Beautifully filmed the film follows the triangle of the aforementioned Jacob, a young man with everything in life heading his way, until his way is altered forever. Hopping a rail car, he soon finds himself in the employ of the Benzini Brother’s Circus, run with a firm hand by August (“Inglourious Basterds” Oscar-winner Waltz), whose wife, Marlena, is also the star attraction. When August attempts to bring in business by featuring an elephant, it is Jacob’s knowledge of animals that links he, August and Marlena in a triangle that gets more intense as each day goes by.
But the main attraction here is the performances of the three stars. Witherspoon has been very scarce on-screen since winning the Best Actress Oscar in 2005 for “Walk the Line.” In the six years before winning the award she appeared in no fewer than nine films. Since, she has appeared in half that number. Her work here is perfectly nuanced in a role that could have quite easily been cliché’d. Waltz is perfect as August in a role that shows us why that Oscar win was so well deserved. But the surprise here, for me anyway, is Pattinson. Quiet and brooding in the “Twilight” films he seems to jump off the screen here, matching Waltz and Witherspoon scene for scene. Who knew this kid could act?? Well done young man. Applause also to the great Hal Holbrook, whose performance bookends the film. And I would be remiss if I didn’t include praise for Rosie the elephant, Queenie the dog and the other animals that help tell the story.
Click here to read the full FIVE STAR review!
Photo: ‘Water for Elephants’ sketches by Costume Designer, Jacqueline West, featured in InStyle Magazine #WFE
Oscar Nomination, Anyone?
Someone, quick! Give this woman an Oscar for costume design! These sketches are absolutely beautiful and look exactly as they were meant to be.. *swoons*
From InSyle Magazine:
Water for Elephants: Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson’s On-Set Style!
“The script followed the novel so closely that it was easy to picture what the characters looked like. They practically dressed themselves,” says West, who created both dapper evening ensembles and well-worn work looks for Robert Pattinson’s character Jacob. “Rob cleans up well… and he dirties up well too!“
Click here to view all the sketches in total, including Reese Witherspoon’s character Marlena’s dresses– the artwork itself is amazing, to see it in come to life in film is awesome!
Water for Elephants
Life is the most spectacular show on earth.
In 1931, twenty-something Jacob (Robert Pattinson) loses his parents in an accident and joins a circus where he ends up challenging the star performer’s (Reese Witherspoon) marriage to the ruthless manager (Christoph Waltz). A pleasant Depression-era soaper for sentimental crowds that takes a little time to get started, but ends with an exciting climax. Pattinson’s wooden performance is a liability, but Witherspoon and Waltz as well as many supporting actors compensate. So do high production values, the romantic portrayal of circus life, and Francis Lawrence’s ability to push our buttons.
2011 – U.S. 122 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese. Novel: Sara Gruen. Cast: Reese Witherspoon (Marlena), Robert Pattinson (Jacob), Christoph Waltz (August), Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook.
3 out of 5 stars.
Parents need to know that this romantic drama will appeal equally to book-clubbing moms and Twilight-loving teens. Starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, this adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel follows Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson), a young veterinary student who impetuously joins a traveling circus during the Great Depression. As he becomes part of the close-knit world of circus performers, he meets and falls for Marlena (Witherspoon), the circus’ married star. Given the sexuality in the book, parents should expect several love scenes, some animal (and human) cruelty, and an at-times disturbing look at the underground world of circuses.
The full review will be posted on April 22nd, same day as the North America/Canada theatrical release.
I Have Some of the Luckiest Friends…
No, seriously! Today, @Marystat was fortunate enough to see ‘Water for Elephants‘ which opened in Norway today. She was kind enough to share her personal thoughts on the film with my affiliate, Strictly Robert Pattinson.
Oh, and before you all go and get your panties in a bunch, she was kind enough to not include any spoilers! We can all breathe a little easier now:
My review of ‘Water for Elephants’ by @Marystat
I will try to write this review as spoiler free as I am able to, since I know that the movie doesn’t open for the US general public until April 22nd. Norway was luckier. It opened today, April 15th! I can’t recall that happening ever, but Fox Norway told me that has happened before; when and with what movie, I do not know.
Anyway, back to my review, and I promise you my review is anything BUT negative to this movie, yes I will say it up front, LOVED THIS MOVIE, LOVED THE LOOK, THE FEEL, THE MOOD of the movie.
Then I get down to specifics: (no spoilers)
First up, the cinematography: STUNNING! The color, the tone, the scenery, the camera angle, even with my untrained eye, was absolutely stunning. This was truly a labor of love of all involved with this movie!
The music fit the stunning cinematography perfectly; the score, the songs used in the movie, perfect for the scenes.
The actors: Hal Holbrook playing Jacob in the beginning and towards the end (older Jacob) played him wonderfully as a sweet, old, but very fierce man. With a great sense of humor, too! I actually wish they had used a little more of old Jacob in the movie from the nursing home he was in but that is actually my only “issue” with the movie. Yes, I know this would cut in on Rob’s screen time, but I enjoyed this part of the book, too.
Then of we got Christoph Waltz as psychotic August. This guy is TRULY an amazing actor and I would love to see him in a movie where he plays the hero, too. This guy totally went all out as August. He was as despicable with the animals as he is in the book; Christoph had the character nailed down to the letter! He blew me away! How he can manage to act so viciously towards animals (yes I said ACT, I am sure Christoph is a wonderful guy!) is beyond me. That is ACTING, folks, hats off to this guy!
Reese Witherspoon, what can I say about her that hasn’t been said already? She played Marlena beautifully, with grace and strength. She really is a great actress and can do a lot more than romantic comedies; she made Marlena strong yet vulnerable in this movie, and her relationship with the animals came out beautifully here. I can certainly understand why she is an Academy Award winner.
The Roustabouts, including Kinko/Walter and his dog, more praises to them–Kinker was actually pretty good-looking for a little guy; I had imagined him bald in the book for some reason, but I liked the look he had in the movie. Jim Norton (who played Camel) made me love the character.
Tai as Rosie, what can I say…that elephant had me squeeing like a fool internally. She is just a sight for sore eyes. Stunning, beautiful, impressive, and so adorable for words! Tai played Rosie perfectly and whoever trained her for this movie, hats off to that trainer!
And now I hear you say, WHAT ABOUT ROB? Yes, I know you waited for that! I have not forgotten him! How could I?!
Rob proved he could hold his own as a leading man, a ROMANTIC leading man too, but he also showed me a few surprises in this movie…I caught myself going “whoa, wow” a few times and that wasn’t just me drooling over how he looks like as young Jacob. A sight for sore eyes and he played Jacob BEAUTIFULLY, but Rob’s acting showed me something I hadn’t really seen or paid attention to before…he showed some of that in Remember Me, too. There was a scene where Jacob was at a breaking point filled with rage… Rob did his part in a way similar to his rage in Remember Me but then it shifted…to a stone-cold, hard-core PSYCHO! Rob did not overdo that scene, his acting is actually very subtle at times, he odes a lot with his eyes, watch those eyes and you may get a few surprises…. Jacob raged but then managed to calm himself down from wanting to tear apart the carriage he was in to get into action taking revenge on August. The look on his face as he grabbed a small knife on his way to kill August as revenge, in the book it was described well, too, but seeing Rob I realized….he scared me with that look! If I had ever seen him looking at me that way I’d count my last seconds in life… Rob can DEFINITELY pull off playing a psychotic character if he’s ever offered that part. He looked DANGEROUS. Jacob was dangerous in that very scene. He came to find Marlena and August on the bed sleeping, Marlena wakes up and sees Jacob in that state but she looks at him and Jacob becomes himself again, he tries to take revenge but can’t. He’s not a psycho after all.
Rob’s acting in this was anything BUT wooden. He seemed to have been at total ease even with the romantic scenes with Reese, they had AMAZING chemistry, it really lit up the screen! No, I am not hinting at any romantic, real-life flirt here, I am saying they were two actors who were brilliantly matched as the romantic pairing in this movie, as their characters. There was no awkwardness in their scenes, it all felt very fluent and natural. They made you fall in love with their characters, and their love story. You WANTED to root for them.
Rob’s interaction with Tai as Rosie…I wonder if these was his fave scenes to do. He was a natural with her! Seriously! He must have had such fun! The same with Reese, she seemed to adore Tai J.
I honestly believe this was a total labor of love from both cast and crew in this movie. I think they all totally enjoyed doing this, but it had to be a LOT of hard work, too. There was some physical stuff happening that I am sure was new to Rob, too, and he pulled it off brilliantly.
So there you have it, my attempt of writing a review, no, it is not a professional one but it is how I feel about the movie, I’ve got nothing but praises for all involved. Is it as good as the book? I say it is pretty damn close! I would give it a 5.5 outta 6 stars, why missing the last 0.5 star? ‘Cos I wanted to see a lil’ more of old Jacob, that’s all, nothing else!