As ‘Water For Elephants‘ filming comes to a close, many of the beloved WFE extras made well known via Twitter are sharing their experience. So far, we’ve heard part one and part two from Cody Wood, a rube, who promises to share more with the WFE fans. Now we have one of the fine fellas from Team Roustabout, Robert Kestler, giving us a glimpse into the WFE Extra Experience.
Thank you for asking about my experience on this project. I hope everyone will enjoy this film.
From day one on this project Frances Lawrence showed a total genius for film making. His use of the surroundings, sunlight, imagination, and a keen eye made for true movie magic. We shot several scenes at dawn and dusk. The “golden hour” was truly used to it’s fullest by Frances. His imagination and vision of what the shot could be was awe inspiring.
Read his entire experience and view set soldier pics of Rousty Robert after the stake hammer…
The cast, namely Robert, Reese and Christoph were truly amazing. Each one truly genuine and kind. Working with two Oscar winners and a future Oscar winner was amazing. Robert Pattinson will show the world his versatility and depth as an actor. The fight scenes between Robert and Christoph were true genius. The fact they did the fights themselves speaks to their devotion to the characters of the film. Reese is a wonderful and genuine person. I was privileged to speak with her on set. She had her children on set and was able to focus on them and her role. You will not find a more skilled and polished actress anywhere. Christoph is a true professional. His focus on his character and making it real is second to none. The supporting characters were integrated beautifully by Frances and the skill of Robert, Reese and Christoph.
As one of the Core Benzini Roustabouts I was on set quite a bit. We “rousties” actually became like family. This helped our characters to develop very quickly. We knew we could count on each other and that made the scene chemistry flow. The scenes where we raised the circus tent, and hammered tent stakes were made perfect by this relationship and Frances’ genius imagination.
Now about the animals. Frances and the animal wranglers made pure gold. Rosie, the elephant, was magic to watch. She is so inteligent and gentle. She took her cues coupled with Frances’ vision and made this movie HUGE. The other animals were amazing as well. Major the lion who would not roar, the tigers, bear, and panther were beautiful. The shots of the stampede will be amazing. Even the testy zebra’s completed their scenes wonderfully.
I love period movies. So being able to participate in Water for Elephants was a joy. My great-grandfather, Philip Morris, made movies as an actor, in the 1920’s through the 1940’s. The realistic nature of the era made me feel closer to him. It was that real on set! I felt like I had left 2010 and was actually in 1931. There was an electric anticipation each day to see what Frances would come up with next. Though there was real hard work involved I had a lot of fun. The wardrobe, the action, the area we filmed in made it all the more fun. I will eagerly await this films release. I cannot wait to see how they put together all of this genius. The cast and crew along with a great story made this film a pleasure to work on. Everyone was respectful and professional.
But I can’t stop without mentioning the “Set Soldiers”. The made all of us from the smallest role to the biggest star feel loved. Without them this would just have been another great film. The “Set Solidiers” added an element of love that made me want to do it for them. Everyday when we came to set and when we left we saw banners and posters, as well as the fans waving to us. What a joy to see people so interested in a film and its actors. I hope everyone enjoys this film because I loved making it. As I’ve stated before this movie will get Oscar respect and wins.
Wow….thank you for sharing, Robert. I grinned the whole time reading it Here’s a few more pictures of Rousty Robert on set.
You can visit Robert’s actor profile HERE and you can follow him on twitter @TheLionShare. His tweets were a pleasure to read during his time on the WFE set. We appreciate his enthusiasm for WFE and his connection with the fans and set soldiers. You rock, Robert and we wish you all the best in your career and in life