Water for Elephants and Breaking Dawn" featured in the UK's Empire magazine : 2011 Preview!


The FOX lot in Century City looks incredible; there are clowns of all kinds - white-face, sad-face and hobo - surronded by acrobats, midget cops, zebras and stilt-walkers, all leading the way for an elephant 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 - Marlene's head is turned by the arrival of Pattinson's student of veterinary science, Jacob. "Just as he's about to take his final exam, both his parents die in a car crash," explains the Twiight 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..."

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