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Sara Gruen Speaks About Water for Elephants   1 comment


Finally, switching topics briefly, I understand that filming on Water for Elephants (with Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz) has just wrapped. Are you happy with the result?

Very happy. The studio consulted me more than they contractually obligated to do, and the screenwriter did a brilliant job in compressing the novel into a two-hour film by combining a few characters and incidents in ways I couldn’t have begun to.

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Posted September 11, 2010 by justfp in Robert Pattinson, Water for Elephants

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Sara Gruen Speaks About Water for Elephants Filming and Robert Pattinson With USA Today   5 comments


Sara Gruen gets a star turn in the film version of her novel Water for Elephants, now in post-production.

She got to meet stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Just as thrilling was being lifted into the air by Tai the elephant, who depicts circus elephant Rosie in the movie, due April 15.

“Her trainer told me to hug her trunk,” says Gruen, “so I did, and suddenly I was 7 feet in the air. She gave me many kisses, probably because I always carry mints for my horses, so I was slipping her candy every time I got a chance.”

Gruen, her husband and three sons were cast as extras in a scene in which the circus performers and animals parade down the streets in Weehawken, N.J.

“We retook that scene I think 18 times,” Gruen recalls. “I’m the one Rob Pattinson (who plays veterinarian Jacob Jankowski) elbows past and says, ‘Excuse me, ma’am’ to.”

As for Christoph Waltz, who plays an abusive animal trainer, Gruen says: “I watched a scene being filmed when he was ‘beating’ Rosie. From the side of the road, it was very obvious that he wasn’t going anywhere near her, but from behind the bank of monitors, it was extremely convincing.”

Source: USA Today / Via

Sara Gruen, Author of Water For Elephants, Speaks About Robert Pattinson   1 comment

Were you poking yourself when “Water for Elephants” was contracted to become a movie, and when some little actors by the names of Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon agreed to be in it?

I have to stop and pause and knock on wood right now. The closer it comes to being real, the more superstitious I get. It’s Hollywood. It can all go poof, still. Things are looking as good as they can.

Are you involved with the project at all?

They’re letting us have the whole family in it as a cameo. I think we’re all going to be on in the midway or something. My kids are really excited about that, and I am, too, because that sounds like so much fun. I asked (the producers), and they said sure. So we’ll be in the background in a restaurant or on the midway and be a fast thing (on screen), but we’ll know where it is and the kids will be excited.

What do the three kids think now about mom’s career? Did the cinema thing raise your stature in their eyes?

No. I think the Robert Pattinson thing raised the stature of my oldest child in the school because all the girls are crazy about him. My 9-year-old asks me every time I get back from a book signing if I wrote a new book. He thinks I write a book a day. He has no concept of what I do.

If you haven’t read the book yet it’s a must read and you can order here on Amazon.

Source via RP Life

More Information on Water for Elephants   Leave a comment

We posted some information a week or so ago that Rob might be joining the cast of Water for the Elephants. Water for Elephants is a great book, if you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend it.  You can find it on Amazon here. It would be a great role for Rob. Here’s an article from the New York Times.

Sean Penn, below, and Robert Pattinson, bottom, may be joining Reese Witherspoon in a Fox 2000 film adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel “Water for Elephants,” Variety reported. Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”) will direct that Depression-era story, to be adapted by Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”), in which a veterinary student drops out of school and takes a job with a traveling circus. Ms. Witherspoon plays the equestrian Marlena, who is married to an animal trainer, most likely to be played by Mr. Penn, according to Variety, though contracts have not been finalized for Mr. Penn or Mr. Pattinson. Production is expected to begin in June.

Source: The New York Times