Friday, August 13, 2010

'Water For Elephants' extra talks about working with Rob

I was greatly impressed with Rob on two counts; one, he can switch accents between takes so fast! He’d talk in his British dialect while not working, and go right back into his American, and you’d never know he was acting it. He also was great with taking stunt falls. I watched as he was thrown off a train platform in a fight scene a good dozen-plus times, some of which he landed square on his back. But he took it and just rolled with it. Great stuff.

I was most excited to get a chance to see Christoph strut his stuff, and hopefully absorb some of his Oscar winning aura. He couldn’t be more humble either. One day, my friend and I were getting food during a break, and we were near the front of a long line inside the crafty tent (crafty is the term used for where the food is). Christoph came in and just got at the back of the line behind all of the extras. As with most sets, it’s expected that extras let cast and crew go first in food lines as they have the least amount of free time to eat; my friend and I offered to exchange spots with him, and he just waved us off with a smile and said, “no, thank you, please, eat.” I love it when stars are nice, and I will always remember that when I’m the star, talking with an extra on the set of one of my movies someday.

A quick note about Queenie; the dog was so incredibly well trained and cute! So fun to watch him and Mark (Kinko) work together.

One of the last days of shooting was some of the stampede scene, and I got to run next to a llama. That was interesting. He just kept staring at me the whole way wondering what the hell he’d gotten into as dozens and dozens of people were screaming and running.

It was also fun running into some of the wardrobe crew from The Social Network! I had worked on that for a few months helping out as second team, and landed my first line as well! In that time, I got to know a lot of the people on set fairly well, and they couldn’t be nicer, so it was awesome seeing them again. And wait ‘til you see what the wardrobe team put together for this movie; everyone looks fantastic!

The crew couldn’t be nicer either. Some sets can have such a negative energy going around, and everyone is always stressed out and yelling. But here, for the most part, everything was pretty easy going. Everyone was on their A-game and wanted to make sure everything ran smoothly and safely.

And I can’t finish without mentioning the biggest star (literally and figuratively) of the movie – Tai the elephant, who plays Rosie. What an incredible animal. So intelligent. She knows so many commands and is so friendly. She’d often lovingly tap Rob or Resse’s head with her trunk before they started working for the day.

Read Patrick's full WFE experience at H2OforElephants


Nicole said...

I just finished W4E last night. The first 1/3ed of the book is kinda hard to get through...not a lot of character development. BUT, the rest is a super fast read. It turned out to be a really great book. If you haven't read it already, give it a chance. And once i knew Rob was playing Jacob, its hard to not imagining him all dirty running around a circus train. Sighhhh....

Iluvthemovies said...

Hi @Nicole, I am glad you liked the book, when I read it I imagined Rob because he had already been cast. I am really super excited to see this film and to see them jump between Hal Holbrook playing the elderly Jacob back to Rob, the younger Jacob. I really admire Hal Holbrook's work and this will really give Rob what he needs to absorb more from these acting powerhouses. I wonder if Rob observed Hal's work since he was portraying him as an older man? Like I said super excited to see this film.

Nicole said...


The cast really can't get much better with the book. The only person i really couldn't imagine while reading the book was Reese. She just didn't seem to fit the part for me as much as the others.

Rob probably didn't get to see Hal much, but who knows. I am sure some videos will start coming out when the press tour starts.

Do we know when Bel Ami will be coming out? I thought it didn't have a date yet?