Water For Elephants, starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz was chosen by Stylist magazine as one of the “100 best films based on books.” The book was written by Sara Gruen and the film was both a critical and box office success when it was released in 2011.
“I knew I wanted to cast him when I sat down with him. He himself is a lot like the character and there is a kind of purity to his heart and warmth. Sometimes he pretends to be a little cynical, but he’s not.”
Francis Lawrence, Director of Water for Elephants, talking about Robert Pattinson
Forbes interviewed director Francis Lawrence following the last Hunger Games release, and he spoke a bit about Rob:
“Your previous film before The Hunger Games was Water for Elephants, a Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson picture. You worked with him right in the middle of the Twilight mania, and then you went out to do The Hunger Games.
What lessons did you take from interacting with Robert Pattinson, he
dealt with that kind of tabloid fame and fan- that went into working
with Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games right afterwards.
FL: “When I worked with Rob, he obviously had a huge fan base because of Twilight
and there were women and girls, but I say women, camped out at our set
every day and at our hotels when we were shooting out of town, and it
was odd. He was always very shy about it. I remember having done a movie
previously with Will Smith, who is also very popular, and he has a very
different way of interacting with his fans, and I was trying to see if I
could get Rob a little more comfortable with sort of embracing the
“What I learned from him is that actually
the two fandoms are very different from one another. His fans are very
different from Will Smith’s fans, right, and if Rob’s fans got a hold of
him, at least at that time it felt like they would rip him to shreds.
They would pull his hair out, they would pull his shirt apart, I mean
that guy … there was reason for him to be nervous with some of those
fans. Not all but some.”
“For the most part, with Hunger Games fans,
they’re really, really, passionate about the stories and about the
ideas, and about the characters, and yes, they love the actors, but
there’s not that same type of sexual appetite that is so ravenous that I
felt when I was around Rob fans.”