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!

Dear Rob,

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!

Rob's bedhead

(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.
Normal, right?

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!

Apple juice rub down

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:

As Reese said, this is not ‘Dancing with the Stars’. However, you look great in your vintage tux!

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!

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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.

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74 Responses to “A Day in the Life of Filming Water for Elephants”

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  2. Kaybvee says:

    Now I want in and out! And oh yeah, great letter ( :

    Brings it all back-ahhhhh, WFE memories…

    • robsfuturemate says:

      Srsly. Thinking it’s a good In-n-Out day for lunch!! But not animal style, gross.

      • Katycougar says:

        Oh come on Animal Style is the best. You can lick your fingers, or maybe imagine Rob licking………….sorry I just pictured him with the sauce running down the side of his hand, heading to his forearm. His sleeves are rolled up. Volunteers from out of nowhere offer to assist him. He is drinking a Arnold Palmer (Lemonade mixed with iced tea), they catch him unaware. He panics and the good kids from In-N-Out Assist him out through the back door.

        • robsfuturemate says:

          Here’s my question every time I go there:
          Does he make an Arnold Palmer with the Minute Maid Lite or with their yummy Pink Lemonade?

          Oh the options!

          • Katycougar says:

            Good question. It is your choice, but you have to ask. Otherwise you get the minute maid. They will really mix anything you like . I like the rootbeer floats.
            Ask and you will recieve. I have had to growl for animal fries before, but it was late at night and they were having fun…………….

          • robsfuturemate says:

            The Animal Fries are pretty standard in the OC, no growling needed! I usually mix my own drink of Pink Lemonade with a little bit of Sprite, yum! I had no idea you could get a root beer float though!

            Btw, my lunch burger and fries were not that great today. Too much anticipation maybe?

          • Katycougar says:

            I am smiling here. You represent the OC. I am a little North of you and represent the VC off the 101. Hail to the Palm Trees. ♥ ☺ ♥ ☼ ♥ ☺♥ ☼ ♥

          • robsfuturemate says:

            Nice! We should meet at an In-n-Out in the middle! 🙂

    • drsaka says:


  3. melronin says:

    Great letter as usually girls. I would love to witness a real day with Rob…well…a real day with Rob in bed 🙂
    And yes…we could take as many applejuicebaths as he likes! Since I haven’t seen WFE yet (Greece is lame) you helped me get a bit closer to Jacob with this letter. Thank you!

    Also…since LTR was always the one and only place where I could talk to Rob…I have to tell him something…
    so forgive me guys…

    Dear Rob

    It’s been a while baby. I need to tell you: I’m sorry. I’m sorry that for the past few months somehow I managed to lose you. Somewhere between all the RLstuff, the networld…twitter…blogs…comments…truths and lies… all the drama surrounding the he said-she said-they said-we said…I lost you, I put you in the corner of my heart and although I looked for you and at you every day, I did not really see you, worse I could not feel you. I let other things become more important than you and eventually my carefully build Tower of Babel collapsed on me. You were buried somewhere down there! I realized that ultimately nothing of that mattered and just focussed on you again…like we started…You and me. And just like that I felt you again! At the end Rob, it’s always been about you, you are the only one that matters!
    I miss you, I miss your face and the light in your eyes, I miss your voice and the sound of your laughter, I miss the way you move your hands around while talking, I miss your everything…you are so far away but I can feel you again in me and I am happy about that! You and me…we are back where we started!

    Be safe baby
    Love you always

    PS You look amaaaaazingly hotttttt as Eric!!!!

    • robgirl86 says:

      great love declaration:) Mel<3
      and YES like REALLY, Greece is lame…what the hell, WFE is not out yet, you will love the film, am sure.

      • melronin says:

        Maybe I should just hop on a plane and come to you and we can go see it together… how many times did you see it already? lol…One more can’t hurt right? All for the baby! Afterall…we are his loooooversss 😀

        I think BD will come out here even befor WFE…Thats’s how lame Greece is 🙁


    • drsaka says:

      Thank you!

      • Cath says:

        Hi guys,

        I’m amazingly tardy to the party today, and dinner is burning…
        But first a comment! Didn’t expect the letter to appear today on here! 🙂

        Thanks for all of your comments and kind words ’till now! WFE is still out there, so a bit of a flashback is okay still, no???

    • Maggie says:

      Firstly, great letter, ladies.

      Secondly, Mel: That was a beautiful love letter. I kind of know what you mean. My love for Rob has never left yet, but it dips a bit sometimes. Somehow, he always is able to revive it immediately. Were you able to listen to the almost 7 minutes of him singing at Sofar? I fell off the cliff again as soon as I heard it. It’s like a brand new crush all over again.

    • Pattygirl says:

      Odeon announced that “Water For Elephants” will be out on June 16th 2011 in Greece!

  4. tupelohoney says:

    boots and Steve McQueen replica jacket……

    Thanks Cath & drsaka for putting that image into my head this morning…. probably won’t get a damn thing accomplished all day now…..

    But I love you both anyway.

  5. Um this wasn’t supposed to post yet! Oops!!

  6. Rob's Flaming Dashboard says:

    UC, it was a delightful surprise. Also, I volunteer to assist Rob with all his bathing!

  7. robsfuturemate says:

    I’ve only got to 1:00 and I’m already tired of that busy day!! 😉 Will have to go to work and read more later.

    Who knew Rob would make CNN countless times? And for things like being late, cobb salad and of course the infamous “car accident” on RM.

    Great job ladies!! As always 🙂

    • robsfuturemate says:

      Okay, finished it! 🙂

      Whew! What a busy day you had Rob! I guess I can forgive you for not going out to say Hello to your fans at 5am on the set. I mean, not like I would know from experience or anything. But I may have had breakfast hot pockets ready!

    • drsaka says:

      You know we like writing about Rob!

    • Cath says:

      You’re welcome!

  8. robgirl86 says:

    Great letter girls, as usual ! Well done.
    (thx for mentioning, although i didn’t do anything..lol)

    I realized that he may have a lil hobnob time as well during his day, the bathtub pic made me think of it, dunno why… 🙂

  9. Katycougar says:

    I love the Giraffe story. Bathe the boy in apple juice. How many of you like apple juice?


  10. roslynselene says:

    Just popping in to say I LOVED this letter! Hilarious. And yes, Rob is definitely gross. Sitting in a pile poop (WHILE EATING!), wiping mucus on Reese’s wig, sticking licked peppermints under his (I’m assuming stinky) armpits. >:P Yuck!
    (At the same time, I don’t know why I find that adorable. Clearly, I have issues…)

    • drsaka says:

      It is all kinds of adorable!

    • roslynselene says:

      Woot! I win the bitch of the day award!…uh-gain

    • JellyBeanRainbow says:

      It’s called love. Unconditional Rob-love. It would be gross with everyone else, but with Rob it’s adorable.
      For example, when I think of apple juice bath, I cringe. The I add Rob and voila, it’s instantly adorable.

  11. Pattygirl says:

    Hey Girls.

    OT, vote for Rob at MTV ; best male ( always)
    best kiss (you bet)
    best fight (edward fight scene was the best in eclipse)


    till 4 June !

    • roslynselene says:

      I’ve voted for him for the last two years but I don’t think I will this year (pffft, as if my vote counts). I’m almost hoping he doesn’t show up because as much as I want to see him, watching Rob at award shows usually end up with me suffering from extreme 1st and second hand embarrassment for everyone involved including me.

      If Rob doesn’t win, y’all can blame me. 🙂 (Actually, I think *not* winning an MTV award means WINNING.) 😉

      • Pattygirl says:

        the only reason Rob must win, because I don’t want the dog to win either in best kiss or best male.Lets do it LTRs!

        • roslynselene says:

          But could you imagine Taylor and Stew accepting the best kiss award. I would pay money to see that. Bhahahaha! It would be pretty hilarious.

          • Pattygirl says:

            Rose, Rob wants it, he thinks if he doesn;t win he is not a good kisser anymore,.while you are there, vote Chris W for best villian, he is great!

          • robsfuturemate says:

            If Rob really wants to know if he’s a good kisser all he has to do is ask. I’m sure there are plenty of us LTRer’s that would be willing to let him know in person!

          • roslynselene says:

            @Pattygirl Nah. He just wants an excuse to do his circus acts. Lol 🙂

            @RFM, I’m sure we would all volunteer (ahem) to see if he really is a good kisser. Even though we already know the answer. 😉

            Haha and I win again! I would like to thank the thumbsdowners. They really really like me. Oh yeah, and Taysten. They LOOOOOVE Taysten. 😉

          • drsaka says:

            Ros- no worries, we still like you!

      • Pattygirl says:

        The twilight sequels were crappy, at least Rob gets something for doing it. Rob for the win! triple win!

        • robsfuturemate says:

          Let’s not argue about the quality of the Twi movies again. This post is about WFE and I think it did a pretty good job getting Rob some recognition as an, wait for it…..an ACTOR!! (we still have some way to go but he’s on the right track)

          • Pattygirl says:

            Just keeping it real RFM, Twilght was ok, but the sequels has degrade Rob credibility as an actor pronto…..

      • JellyBeanRainbow says:

        This is a tough decision. I want Rob to win, but Jesse Eisenberg should. So I’m voting for best kiss for Rob – clear win
        and of course I’m also voting for him in every other category and I feel like I’m cheating on Jesse
        and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “gravity” scene in best fight category is so extraordinary and again I’m voting for Rob, because I can’t NOT vote for Rob.
        Oh, sometimes it’s so hard to love him unconditionally, and click his name every time.
        On the other side, my devotion to KStew is gone, I clicked Emma Stone so many many times.

        • drsaka says:

          Emma Stone was really appealing in Easy A.

          • natteringyeahrobber says:

            Agreed. I was having dinner with some friends the other week and we were talking oddball DVD recommendations. My 3 recs were Easy A, Hung, and Get Him to the Greek. Friends all giggled…all 3 sound pretty porno-like.

        • roslynselene says:

          I like Emma Stone. She’s hilarious, pretty, and cool (without looking like a bitch).

          @Nat, those names DO sound porn-like. L’dMAO when I re-read them.

          Looks like we have a Krisbian lurking around…
          😀 *waves with both hands* Hi, there!

  12. MariaCecilia says:

    Great letter! Please tell me what Rob is doing every day! Second thoughts..probably not, because the poor guy probably has some pretty boring days too, hiding out in hotel rooms, getting rushed between interviews with identical questions. *sigh* (I could be your PA and make those days a LOT less boring, Rob!)

    Now I wish I had a trunk, so I could offer to pick the peppermints off him, clearly this is his idea of foreplay!

  13. KeepOnKeepingOn says:

    Oh, Rob… I love you and your stinky ways:)

  14. che says:

    Hi Rob
    hope doing fine on Cosmopolis
    i just felt a sudden luv for Edward..dunno why .(now it has nothing to do with breaking down trailer coming up 😉 ).and i remember when i watched u on utube for the first time ,there was a comment says ‘Rob Pattinson and Edward Cullen are the most wonderfull men’ blah blah so i was totaly twi-virgin and i just googled to find out who is that Edward Cullen guy..and just wised up it was also u.LOL
    so yeah.. just wanna let u know 😛
    i love u both 😀
    bye Che

  15. GoWithIt says:

    It is super normal that I now think of Rob in his Wu Tang sweatshirt every time I hear a Wu Tang Clan song, right? I am looking forward to Cosmopolis promo, since I don’t really know what it is about. And no offense to Rob or Tai, but I am tired of hearing about an elephant. Pattinson and elephant fart is not something I’ve ever Googled. Not that I didn’t like the story, and I know when you have a million interviews to do with the same questions you’ve got to repeat yourself. It is just time for something new.

  16. LatersBaby says:

    Wonderful Letter, Ladies!

  17. Mieze says:

    Great letter and a cute love declaration from melronin*sigh*
    You spoke from my heart girl, real life doesn’t even let me lurk to this side or to any other anymore. I even missed half of the WFE Promo…Eric Packer got me out of my coma again ;-)…although I do love Rob in his more causual look…there is something so different about that character. Feels like the Handsome is taking one more interesting choice in his career. Latly I keep thinking: Boy, oh boy, what a long way to go for a young guy from Barnes…can’t wait for other future projects…wondering what will come when he gets out of his Twilight contracts 🙂

  18. Mieze says:

    ‘I don’t mind working with poop, at all. I have a natural propensity to work on big piles of poop. ”

    –> THAT explains a lot ;-)))

  19. JellyBeanRainbow says:

    I forgot: great letter!!!!!

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