Rosie the Elephant Flirts with Robert Pattinson on the set of “Water for Elephants”
Twilight star Robert Pattinson teams up with Academy Award® winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in “Water For Elephants,” a story about love in all its forms – between men and women, amongst families and between people and animals.
Set in the 1930s, a bygone era when trains excites townspeople as it arrives at dusk that transports clowns, circus animals, jugglers, stilt walkers and freaks of nature – the presence of a circus is an escape that momentarily lifts them during the economic hardship of the Great Depression.
“Water For Elephants” is the drama based on the best-seller of the same name by Sara Gruen, tells the story of an unexpected romance in a unique setting. Veterinary school student Jacob (Robert Pattinson) discovers that his parents have died in an accident, leaving him destitute. He jumps on a train, heading nowhere and towards a new life, only to find that he is on a circus train. The circus’ ringmaster August (Christoph Waltz), upon knowing his veterinary education gives him a job taking care of the animals and treating them. Jacob eventually falls in love with the circus’ star attraction, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) who is also married to August. As Jacob and Marlena form close bonds with Rosie the elephant who has a central role in the film, their relationship develops furtively.
Amid the magical world of the circus and its bigger-than-life performers, the Big Top’s towering star is Rosie the Elephant, who is nearly nine feet tall and weighs 9,000 pounds. August buys Rosie, a cast-off from a circus that has fallen to the hard times, in a last-ditch effort to save The Benzini Bros show. Little does he know that his new star animal attraction will not only bring him the financial success he craves, but serve as the catalyst that brings Marlena and Jacob together.
Rosie is portrayed by Tai, age 42, a motion picture veteran (“Bigger than Life,” “The Jungle Book”), who lives in Perris, California with principal trainer Gary Johnson, of Have Trunk Will Travel Inc.®, an organization dedicated to providing the public with safe, educational and recreational access to elephants. Tai was an instant hit with all cast and crew members, who marveled at not only her thespian skills, but at the gentle giant’s calm amidst the controlled chaos of a bustling film set.
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