In his career, Robert Pattinson has starred opposite some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants, out April 22, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, in Remember Me. None of his fellow actors, though, are bigger than his costar in Water for Elephants. Tai plays the titular character Rosie the elephant and Pattinson spends much screen time with the gentle giant and their camaraderie immediately pops off the screen.
Tai (Water for Elephants’ Rosie) is a 42-year-old female Asian elephant who towers over Robert Pattinson and all of his costars at eight-feet, eight-inches tall. Pattinson relished the opportunity to work with Hollywood’s biggest star.
“I met Tai, the elephant who plays Rosie, and had such an incredible experience with her. I pretty much decided to do the movie when I met the elephant,” Pattinson said and laughed. Pattinson plays Jacob, a man who is lost and finds himself working with a traveling circus.
“Whenever she was on set, she just creates a special aura around everybody. She’s so calm. When you stand next to an elephant, it seems like nothing else matters in the world. I think that’s how Jacob feels about Rosie as well.”
Some of Tai’s greatest movie moments include The Jungle Book, ironically the Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon first movie pairing (although Pattinson wound up on the cutting room floor) in Vanity Fair, George of the Jungle, Exit Through the Giftshop and Operation Dumbo Drop. And who could forget her in Britney Spears’ video for Circus?
Pattinson added that if it wasn’t for Tai’s acting efforts, he wouldn’t have been as ready to act opposite such a Hollywood icon in Water for Elephants. It made it easy, he said, that he was so in touch with Tai which mirrored his character’s feelings towards Rosie. “Jacob and her really share a bond. He’s really impressed by her and also feels really connected to her as well.”
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