In a recent phone interview with The Dallas Morning News, 'Water for Elephants' author, Sara Gruen had nothing but sweet praises about Rob:
What do you think of the casting for the movie of Water for Elephants? I think Robert Pattinson is really going to shine in that role. He's so dedicated. This was a rough-and-tumble shoot, and when I was there on the set, he'd be lying in the dirt for 18 straight takes in a row, and he would nail every single one. He's a nice guy, and he reads. He always has a book in his hand. My family got cameos. I'm in a scene where Rosie [the elephant] is raiding a produce stand.