Friday, April 22, 2011

Exclusive New Water for Elephants clip - The New Act (Extended)


Robert Pattinson talks about Water for Elephants and Tai with the Chicago Tribune

LOS ANGELES — When many of you think Robert Pattinson, tabloid headlines and all things vampire come to mind. Pattinson, even more than any of the other main actors in the popular "Twilight" movie series, seems to be purposefully creating a body of work outside of his tween following.

This weekend, Pattinson shows that there's a lot more depth to him as an actor than we've seen in his "Twilight" character Edward, as he co-stars with Reese Witherspoon in the adaptation of the best-selling novel "Water for Elephants." When we talked recently, I wondered if there was a lot of pressure on him because of his "Twilight" success.

"I think it's actually a little less pressure. It's a little weird. There's a kind of a strange thing that happened and it's the same thing that happened when I did first did 'Twilight,'" he said. "I'd never heard of the 'Twilight' book series. I didn't know anyone who'd read it. I just kind of did it, so I wasn't nervous at all. Later on, it became this huge thing. With 'Water for Elephants,' again, I'd never heard of the book. … And then, I accepted the part and suddenly noticed people sitting next to me were reading it on three different airplane rides. So I guess I just missed the thing again and therefore also missed the nerves again. Now I just love it. Kind of everything about it. I could really connect to it all."

Q: Not a lot of men connect with the movie so passionately. It's not really what might be called a "chick flick," but it's very romantic and very beautiful.

A: I know. It's strange. My dad loves it and he never reads anything. I think maybe because the reality of working in a circus? And then it can be so harsh ... maybe (it's) more relatable to men. But it's not really a totally romanticized story. It's impossible to romanticize.

Q: You've worked with werewolves in "Twilight." What was it like working with Tai the elephant in this?

A: She's incredible. She's one of the best actresses I've ever worked with. She plays Rosie in the book, and that's an incredible difficult part to play. It's really integral to the story. It's really difficult casting to find an elephant that could pull it off. ... Plus, she does impressions.

Q: Seriously?

A: She does impressions of chickens and stuff. And her general attitude is crazy, but she was also just so calm. She could be in a massive crowd of people … but she just stayed totally calmed, looking quite cheerful all the time. She just needs a bit of hay and that's it.

Q: You two have that in common, right? I've seen you very calm in massive crowds of screaming teenagers.

A: Yes, but I complain about it afterwards. She doesn't complain about it; she is an incredible creature.

Gary Johnson, Tai's trainer, talks about Rob

Robert Pattinson was always willing to spend time with Tai…
Rob, if we needed to rehearse something, he was more and more willing to accommodate. I just can't say enough nice things about him, because he was great. He's a big deal. To me, being a novice, he seemed to work very hard on this. I think he gave 110 percent. And he's just the nicest person, not one ounce arrogant or anything.
Tai’s elephant memory brought some recognition when she reunited with her “Elephants” co-stars a few months after the shoot…
After we finished shooting "Water For Elephants," a couple months later, we wound up doing stills with Rob and Reese. It seemed like she kinda knew who they were. They both came over individually when we arrived to say hi, and I think she had a little recognition of them.
You can read the full interview over at Next Movie.

E! Online – The Awful truth:
Robert Pattinson's overweight co-star never stopped giggling!

While we absolutely loved Robert Pattinson’s dreamy-eyed flirting, there was one thing about Water for Elephants that made us scratch at our animal-loving brains.

How the hell did they make those elephant-training scenes (torture, really) look so horrendously and depressingly real?

We know the flick was certified for no abuse of animals, but we had to find out exactly how Rosie the elephant was treated.

It’s all done with positive reinforcement! And some of the specifics are too presh!

Jone Bouman, American Humane Association’s Film & TV unit spokesperson, filled us in on how some of those scary, abusive-looking scenes were filmed without anyone (on-set trainers, aside) touching Tai, the elephant actress who plays Rosie.

“That is all done by CGI,” Bouman said regarding the many scenes were Christopher Waltz’s character pokes at the circus elephant with a bull hook. “What’s really being used is just a Styrofoam stick. No one ever came even close to touching Tai, and it would not be allowed by us.”

Good to know! Especially because some of those moments of torture made us turn our heads in horror. Very difficult to watch.

Bouman insists the moaning and crying noises were mere audio tracks, and that those horrific noises Rosie utters never, ever came out of Tai’s trunk.

“All of us here know and love Tai. She lives on a beautiful ranch in Southern California. She is so well taken care of; one of the happiest creatures I have ever met.”

So happy, Bouman tells us that Tai was even giggling on set! Yes, apparently elephants giggle, too.

“Tai loves to bang on garbage cans. So when we train her, we positively reinforce her by letting her bang as if on drums,” Bouman informed us.

“She takes a stick between her trunk and bangs,” she added. We can’t help but smile. Can you just picture R.Pattz and Tai rocking out between takes? This is what we like to see—animals being treated like human beings!

The animal protector assures us that absolutely no harm was done to any of the animals—and that every second of training on and off the set has been documented for American Humane Association’s records.

We’re told movie crews actually have to earn their No Animals Were Harmed certificate, by which the rigorous animal welfare guidelines cover everything from food and rest to temperatures.

The Association will post a full-length animal-centric review of the care of the animals during the filming of Water for Elephants later this afternoon on its website.

We hope Tai’s trunk keeps drumming that happy tune, but do you think it was also a celebratory dance because Tai knows her love scenes with Rob were hotter than those with Reese Witherspoon?

Robert Pattinson Interview With HollyScoop

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Robert Pattinson interview with USA Today

There are lions and tigers, and then there is Robert Pattinson's very own "Bear."

For a YouTube version of this interview, click here.

Sipping on coffee with milk on a sunny morning at the Four Seasons, Pattinson describes attempts to housebreak the “German shepherdy-mix” he recently adopted from a shelter in Louisiana. “He’s called Bear,” Pattinson says matter-of-factly.

“I was trying to potty-train him to go on the balcony of the hotel room,” he says. “It was so windy in Vancouver, the door slammed in his face, and I was just like, nooo.” He sighs: Before Bear was adopted, the pup was found in a trash can outside a bar and has since almost had a run-in with a wolf and a seagull in Vancouver. “He’s got a door phobia anyway.”
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Clad in a plaid button-down and jeans, and minus screaming fans, paparazzi, managers and studio minders, Pattinson lets go of his shyness in the time it takes to recap an “unbearably irritating” game of Words With Friends.

It’s only in front of a video camera later that he noticeably shrinks, adopting a hunch that matches his quick-to-draw sheepish grin.

But one-on-one, conversation spins like cotton candy as Pattinson, 24, discusses hanging up his trademark vampire fangs for the 1930s-set Big Top world of Water for Elephants, a movie he calls “definitely bigger” than any other he has done outside the Twilight franchise.

In Water for Elephants, which hits theaters Friday and is based on the best-selling book by Sara Gruen, Pattinson plays Jacob, a veterinary student who abandons his studies and jumps aboard a steam train for the Benzini Bros. roughshod circus. Jacob quickly falls for star performer Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), who is trapped in a marriage with the circus owner (Christoph Waltz).

Blame it all on the selling power of an gentle giant named Tai.

New *Extended* "Water for Elephants" Clip

From the Water for Elephants Official Facebook:
"As a "thank-you" to our amazing fans, we're putting up this exclusive clip. You're fantastic!"

Only two more weeks until it his Irish and UK cinemas... :)