Article: Water for Elephants in Australia’s Empire Magazine

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We’ve seen the pictures but since I’m full of energy, here’s the article transcribed for your reading pleasure. 🙂

THE FOX LOT IN CENTURY CITY LOOKS incredible; there are clowns of all kinds – white-face, sad-face and hobo – surrounded by acrobats, midget cops, zebras and stilt-walkers, all leading the way for an elephants that soberly plods through a street scene lined with cheering, period-dressed extras. On the elephant’s back perches the ethereal figure of Marlena, a 1930s circus queen who, on closer inspection, turns out to be Reese Witherspoon, the star of this big-budget adaptation of Sara Gruen’s Depression-era novel about a young vet (Robert Pattinson) who runs away with the big top.

“Marlena’s a really interesting girl,” enthuses Witherspoon when she finally dismounts. “She was abandoned as a child, found her way through 20s America – which was obviously headed towards the Depression – and once we find her in this movie, they’re in the middle of the Depression. So she definitely has a survivor instinct.”

Married to ringmaster August (Christoph Waltz) – a “very dark, very abusive” character, the actress reveals – Marlena’s head is turned by the arrival of Pattinson’s student of veterinary science, Jacob. “Just as he’s about to take his final exams, both his parents die in a car crash,” explains the Twilight star. “Within a couple of months his entire life has disappeared. So he basically gets on a train – any old train – to try to find a job. And it ends up being a circus train. He sees Marlena within, I guess, the first day, and it’s one of the biggest reasons he wants to stay and become part of this world.” DW