Pattinson sinks his teeth into vampire-free drama
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Pattinson wasn’t worried about his dramatic acting chops while making “Water for Elephants,” but he is now.
The 24-year-old actor and “Twilight” heartthrob trades his pale skin and vampire fangs for a role as a veterinarian on a 1930s circus train in “Elephants,” based on the 2006 bestselling novel, in theaters Friday.
Pattinson plays Jacob Jankowski, a veterinary student forced to fend for himself after his parents are killed in a car accident. He hops a train and begins his life in a traveling circus. He quickly sets his sights on the star of the Benzini Bros. show, played by Reese Witherspoon, but lives under constant watch of her husband, an ambitious and often cruel circus owner and ringmaster played by Christoph Waltz.
“There are about 15 Oscar winners at every level of the production,” Pattinson says. “I had such an incredible time making it. I would love it if you could make movies and they were never released. That would be so cool. That would be the best job in the world. I’m only nervous now.”
The soft-spoken British star became an instant international sensation when he was cast as romantic vampire Edward Cullen in “Twilight.” He was named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. “Water for Elephants” is the biggest production Pattinson has appeared in post-“Twilight.”
“The only thing you can do is try and work with the best people,” he says.
His two Oscar-winning costars have already given his latest performance a thumbs-up.
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