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The on-screen chemistry in ‘Water for Elephants’ was wild and fierce — between lady, man and giant, lovable mammal

By SARA STEWART

But if you’re under the impression this is “The Notebook” under the Big Top, think again: For both actors, the sizzle is between them and Tai the elephant.

“You know how there are just some people that people are attracted to? She’s like that with people and other elephants,” says Kari Johnson, co-trainer of Tai, the pachyderm who plays the movie’s eponymous star. And she had some big shoes to fill, even for an elephant: Rosie, the character in Sara Gruen’s Depression-era novel upon which the movie is based, is a scene-stealer with a nose for mischief who likes to swipe hats, drain lemonade tanks and indulge in the occasional bucket of gin and ginger ale.

Robert Pattinson formed a special bond with Tai the elephant, who plays Rosie in the film based on the best-selling novel.
In Pattinson’s first scene with the elephant in the film, she gropes and nuzzles the “Twilight” star with her trunk. “Is this the way elephants flirt?” Pattinson asks Tai, as Witherspoon giggles in the background.

Pattinson’s character, Jacob Jankowski, becomes a circus vet after his parents’ death leaves him penniless. As the protector of the scrappy Benzini Bros. menagerie of performing animals, many of his scenes take place with the elephant rather than the rest of the cast.

And for an actor who’s been dogged nonstop by hordes of screaming girls and women since he got famous in 2008, Pattinson seems to have found it a tremendous relief to spend three months in the company of this giant, silent, nonhuman co-star.

Before he ever signed on to the project, the movie’s director, Francis Lawrence, says he learned of Pattison’s interest in elephants. “I asked him to come see the animals,” says Lawrence, “because it might help seal the deal. So Rob and I drove down to [trainer] Gary [Johnson]’s place and hung out with [them] for a while.”

Pattinson was instantly enchanted, says Lawrence. “I think everybody is kind of in awe and wonder when you meet an elephant for the first time,” he says. “Most of the time we see them only in zoos, or on TV, so to be able to touch and interact with them is a pretty great experience — especially for somebody who really likes animals, which Rob clearly did.”

Though Witherspoon is the one who does the on-camera stunts, Pattinson learned a few of his own just for kicks. “He got picked up by her trunk and rode around on her. And she picked him up with her mouth. It’s a circus trick — you lay on a drum on your side, and Gary gives the cue, and she opens her mouth and kind of bites down across your hips. Because the molars are way in the back, they sort of gum you. And she lifts you up and you’re hanging from her mouth.”


On the final day of Tai’s two months of shooting, “I cried,” Pattinson admitted in a recent Vanity Fair interview. “She was the best actor I ever worked with in my life.” (He has not said the same of Witherspoon, who previously played his mother in the 2004 movie “Vanity Fair.”)

So who is this tearjerking elephant?

Tai, middle-aged at 42, grew up at a wild animal park in Florida until she was 8, when she was purchased by the Johnsons. The couple runs a business called Have Trunk Will Travel. Along with five fellow elephants, Tai lives on a ranch in Perris, Calif. (outside LA) where she eats 150 pounds of oat hay, and drinks 50 gallons of water, a day.


Robert Pattinson formed a special bond with Tai the elephant, who plays Rosie in the film based on the best-selling novel.
She’s appeared in countless films (“Operation Dumbo Drop,” “George of the Jungle”), music videos, TV shows and live performances. In one of her earlier movies, a famous co-star got misty as well: “We did a film with Bill Murray called ‘Larger Than Life,’ and on the last day he actually teared up, too,” Gary says.

She’s a charmer, says Kari. “They have all have really different personalities, and Tai is the sweet one who loves everybody, and everybody loves her.

“She likes to take naps, and the other elephants come and moon over her and lay their trunks on her while she’s sleeping.”

When she’s on set, Tai lives like any other pampered star, in her own private trailer — a custom-made, 48-foot-long one, in her case. The 8-foot-8, 9,000-pound performer gets baths every day, and pedicures once a month (filing and trimming elephant toenails is no small task). Her typical show rider might include carrots, apples, jellybeans and coconuts, which she just discovered and immediately figured out, on her own, that she could smash under her foot to get at the meat.

There’s no mistaking it — she’s a smart cookie, says Gary, like the rest of her species. “They are very intelligent animals,” he says, “and that really comes through.” (In a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, elephants even beat humans in a series of problem-solving exercises.)

Like any showbiz professional, she knows how to conduct herself on set. “She’s big, so she’s conscious of where to step,” says Kari. “She knows to step over the electrical cords and not bump into cameras. She’s really cognizant of that.”

Cast for her immense size, her freckled look and her aptitude for picking up new tricks, the seasoned showbiz vet came to the set already familiar with all the standard circus stunts. “But she had to learn how to swing a stake, and then put it back in the ground,” says Kari. “And she had to try to take a champagne bottle when Rob and Reese were trying to pour it — she was supposed to be fiddling with it.”

Witherspoon spent a month catching up to Tai’s skill level before shooting began, to learn the acrobatic stunts she’d perform in the ring. “She had to learn to do the mounts, that’s what they’re called, on Tai, and she was just amazing,” says Kari of Witherspoon. “She jumped right in there from the first day.”

It’s clear Witherspoon developed a real bond with the elephant. “I think she got very comfortable around Tai,” Gary says, adding that her performance in the film is a real reflection of her friendship with Tai. “A lot of that was genuine.”

Her trainers maintain that Tai’s an old hat in the biz — they have been working with her for more than three decades now, and she knows the drill. And so, they say, one person looks just like the next to her. “Gary told us all very early on that she wouldn’t be affectionate with any of us, and that we were kind of props,” says Lawrence.

But, in his opinion, the elephant developed genuine feelings for Pattinson — making her just like every other girl on the planet. “There would be times when she and Rob were together,” says the director, “and you would swear she actually had some warmth toward [him].”

source nypost.com via ToR

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MessageSujet: Re: [Web] Interview pour le New York Post - Avril 2011   Dim 17 Avr - 18:15

Je vais vous faire un résumé car on a encore les mêmes citations

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MessageSujet: Re: [Web] Interview pour le New York Post - Avril 2011   Dim 17 Avr - 18:31

Dans la vie , on est parfois plus attiré par certaines personnes que par d'autres. Il en est de même pour Tai qui incarne Rosie dans Water for Elephants.

Robert Pattinson a créé un lien très spécial avec elle et l'un des ses 1ères scènes avec elle est celle où Jacob se demande si c'est la façon dont flirte les éléphants.

Pour un acteur qui est poursuivi par des hordes de fans , ce tournage de 3 mois fut un soulagement pour lui. Le rélisateur a emmené Robert voir Tai dans son ranch pour le convaincre de signer. Normalement , les gens voient les éléphants au zoo ou à la TV et pouvoir interagir avec elle et se faire porter par elle est un moment inoubliable. Dans le film, c'est Reese Witherspoon qui fait des numéros avec elle mais Robert a été pris dans sa machoire et baladé sur quelques mètres.

Le dernier jour de tournage fut rempli d'émotions pour les deux acteurs. Tai a joué dans de nombreux films. Selon son entraineur, Gary, c'est la plus douce du ranch. Elle aime tout le monde et tout le monde l'aime. Lors de ses siestes , les autres éléphants viennent la voir et posent leur trompe sur elle.

Sur le tournage, elle prenait un bain tous les jours et avaient des sois maucures une fois par mois. On la nourrissait de pommes, carottes , bonbons gélifiés et de noix de cocos. Elle a d'ailleurs vite compris qu'en les brisant sous ses pieds, elle pourrait plus facilement manger l'intérieur de la noix de coco.

Comme tout professionnel qui se respecte, Tai ne marchait sur personne et est très intelligente. Elle ne marchait pas non plus sur les fils électriques et ne bousculait pas les caméras

Elle a dû apprendre des tas de numéros comme voler la canne d'August et la faire voler ou encore voler une bouteille de champagne à Rob et Reese.

Pendant un mois, Reese a répété avec Tai ses scènes et tous ses gestes sont devenus naturels. Tai n'est pas sensé developper des sentiments envers les personnes avec qui elle travaille car elle est dans le métier depuis plus de 30 ans. Cependant , comme toutes les filles du monde entier , elle a été séduite par Robert.

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