From Total Film magazine (August 2010)
“I want to work with an elephant,” says Robert Pattinson, on the California set of circus romance ‘Water For Elephants’. Why the hell not? Adapted from Sara Gruen’s depression-era bestseller, Pattinson plays a young vet, Jacob, who runs away to join a traveling circus after his parents are killed. There he falls in love with beautiful equestrian Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) and befriends untrainable pachyderm Rosie. ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Oscar winner Christoph Waltz – who’s fast establishing himself as baddie de jour – rounds out the cast as abusive, Dumbo-bothering bastard August Rosenbluth, in what Waltz calls “a sensational adaptation”, with Francis Lawrence (‘I Am Legend’) on directing duties. Nevermind the elephants, then, what’s it like working with Waltz? “He’s terrifying!” smiles Pattinson. We suspected as much.