A Day in the Life of Filming Water for Elephants
Rob- While Moon is hanging out with you & Kristen in England, I’m not posting on a regular basis (I know you already could tell). I’m using this break to catch up on my own life! I thought I’d use today to post a great letter I’ve been hanging on to from some LTR gals- revisiting Water for Elephants again!
We are overwhelmed with all of your interviews for WFE. It sounds like you had a wonderful experience filming Water for Elephants. As we listened, watched and read your interviews, we noticed that you gave us tons of information.
Using things that you spoke about in these sets of interviews, we’ve reconstructed what a typical day would have been like for you while you were filming WFE. We of course have some questions for you as well!
(Disclaimers- we realize that the timeline is totally off and a day on the movie set begins much earlier usually. And we’ve included not much actual filming- we know that you work much harder than this! Truth- we’ve included some of the other more outrageous/fascinating things that you said in this general time period, just for fun and because we can. Or things that happened in the movie. This is fiction, people!!!!)
Here is our imaginary timeline for a day in your life filming WFE:
6:00 am: You wake up. (Rob, are you happy, grumpy, or befuddled in the morning? Adorably rumpled?) Have coffee and early morning cigarette. Pick up clothes off the floor and put them on. This includes 1930’s undahpahnts to help you get into character. Of course, now we want to see the undahpahnts.
7:00 am: You are now late because you’ve ‘messed about’ for 25 minutes. Can you please say ‘propensity and organize’ again? Did you realize that this made it to CNN? (at 0.52).
(Note: see the lyrics to The Beatles’ A Day in the Life, ‘Woke up….’- sounds familiar???)
7:30 am: You realize that your car’s dashboard is on fire, but you keep driving anyway.
8:00 am: You stop at 7-Eleven to buy peppermints, jelly beans and apple juice. More on this later……
8:30 am: You arrive on set. During hair, makeup, and wardrobe, you play Words with Friends on your iPhone (Rob, I challenge you. I would so beat you at this, even if you use some of your favorite words, like ‘moist’ and ‘whence’- drsaka).
9:00 am: You face a fashion decision in wardrobe. Vintage tux for later or plaid suit……….
10:15 am: You realize that while playing WWF that you’ve deleted all your Twilight-related personal pictures from your phone. A bout of colorful, British-slang-tinged swearing ensues.
10:30 am: You hop on the Benzini train and watch over the set. Well, it takes you three hops to actually get on the train. How come they’re so far away from the ground? Hard, even when a train is standing still, no handy steps there. Talk with little people co-stars while trying to smuggle in a ciggie. Asking them how they hopped aboard, maybe it’s not an appropiate question, but you really, really want to know!
11:00 am: Apple juice bath. You prepare to visit the baby giraffe and have him/her follow you around like you’re the Pied Piper.
(Trust us Rob, you don’t need that apple juice…)
12:00 pm: Lunch- You walk around the set with a bottle of Coca-Cola, making their marketing department very happy with this free publicity. You make look drinking Coke so good. But there’s no time to really relax, you have to run from the swarm of bees which is following you around now too. Apple juice and Coke, well…
However, the swarm might be from something else: ‘I don’t mind working with poop, at all. I have a natural propensity to work on big piles of poop. I’m very familiar with it. I don’t know why I wasn’t grossed out by it, at all. Because everything felt so authentic all the time, you just accept it, as part of the world. The scene where we were in that train car, there were like 10 billion flies. On any other movie, I think I’d be like, “Let’s just do one take!” But, I was perfectly happy to make a little mound and sit there and eat my lunch’. (Gross, Rob!!!).
Visit on set catering for your new favorite, Cobb Salad. You realize that this made it to CNN as well? Very important news!
1:00 pm: After showering off the apple juice, you go visit the animals again. The zebras pick up on your vibe that you’re a bit wary of them and they chase you. You decide Christoph Waltz makes a great human shield to protect you from the zebras. Your new mantra- ‘avoid zebras, if you see one in the street, run.’ Naughty zebras!!!!!
1:30 pm: Actual filming! You are about to shoot a steamy love scene with Reese, but suddenly you feel a cold coming on…Your nose starts running and with no choice left you keep wiping it on her wig. (Again, gross, Rob! You’re such a guy! Did you put frogs down girl’s shirts when you where little, too? Just admit it…) Super sexy!!!!
2:30 pm: You make fun of Reese ‘cause she is an OLD LADY’. Very, very, very bad idea. Because Reese has stories to tell about you and she will later take revenge in promo interviews declaring that ‘making out with Rob was gross because he had a cold.’ (and she did!!).
3:00 pm: You visit with the animals yet again (ignoring the zebras – except for one ‘evil’ glare at the leader of the pack – that’ll teach him) and bring them jelly beans, plus some peppermints for Tai. And like we suspected, even while not wearing apple juice the baby giraffe still follows you around like a puppy. You think you see Christoph waving at you and wave back as the polite British boy that you are. But Mr. Waltz was making another gesture…ahem…He didn’t forget the human shield thing yet and he has his eye on you. So yeah, bad idea!
3:30 pm: You don’t feel so well because of your cold and decide to take a quick nap in the barn, snuggling up to Tai. She’s one big, warm mountain of elephant. Beats a hot water bottle any day. You figure this is okay as you think Tai uses you as a ‘trunk rest’ and she stole your glass of wine and whapped you on the forehead with her trunk during a scene with Reese.
Everyone thinks Tai really likes you, but you have a secret– ‘I think I had a relationship with the elephant, but it was based purely on candy. I strategically placed mints. I’d suck a peppermint for a bit, and then stick it onto my body, under my armpits and covering my entire chest, and not tell anyone. So, every single time, the elephant would be constantly sniffing me and I’d be like, “I don’t know, she just really likes me’. Tai doesn’t tell and she eats the rest of the mints you brought her. Rob, we think that she really likes you.
4:30 pm: You feel like a new Rob after your nap with Tai and you put on your heavy duty boots and Steve McQueen replica jacket and run around the set and ride your bike while the baby giraffe tries to keep up with you. We really hope someone captured this on camera, DVD extras anyone???
5:00 pm: You switch your boots for sleeker footwear. It’s time to practice your dance moves with Reese. She seems to have forgiven you for the nose wiping and old lady stuff, but now you keep stepping on her toes. You ask the director if you can’t have a stunt double for the dance scenes, but he saw this and decided you may have some moves:
6:00 pm: You drive home in a tiny car you borrowed of a guy who plays a clown in the movie. You have recovered from your traumatic-clown-and-tiny-clown-car-incident you experienced as a child. You can do this! Your elbows are sticking out of the rolled down windows and your knees are up to your ears, but you count your blessings; at least it’s not burning…You’re hungry after all that dancing and have a stop at In-N-Out burger. You have no idea why people seem to think the combo of you and the tiny car is funny.
7:00 pm: You practice your cello!!! You’re trying to master a few Van Morrison songs – while composing your own symphony of course. Stay tuned for the Cosmopolis soundtrack…
8-11:00 pm: You lay about watching Disney’s Dumbo (research is everything) with your buddies while acting like monkeys and having a beer or three. Or maybe four. Nothing beats a cold like a nap with an elephant, an In-N-Out burger and some beers.
11:00 pm: After telling your friends they can’t crash on your couch for the fourth evening in a row, you finally have some alone time. You work a bit on your script about two best friends who both are actors, borrow each other’s clothes and make a road trip together. Or maybe on your script about a boy who makes a trip around the world with his pet elephant. You then change into your 30’s style onesie pajama’s. It’s time to start counting elephants, erm, sheep!!! Your last thought is that you hope you won’t have a nightmare starring evil zebras…
So, dear Rob, did we make the grade??? Did we tone it down? Was the reality of such days even crazier? What about those mean zebras? Do you actually own onesie pajama’s? We would have loved to witness a real day on set with you and your animal friends, but luckily we do have the movie to view. Thank you so much for making it!
You know that you turn us on, with or without apple juice,
drsaka and Cath
Thanks to robgirl86 for beta skills and great suggestions
So LTR ladies, what other wonderful details has Rob given us about filming WFE? What’s your favorite? Discuss!
coke ad found on google images from dreamysim1
See that In-N-Out burger picture? That’s from an old LTR post that I re-read and died over, all over again. Hilarious.