In the film he falls for a circus performer played by Reese Witherspoon, and tries to defend her from her abusive, animal trainer husband.
His co-star Christoph Waltz – who picked up a Best Supporting Role Oscar for his part Inglourious Basterds earlier this year – has praised the star, tipping him to receive the prestigious Oscar prize next year.
Sarah Gruen also spoke recently to The Dallas Morning News about Robert's performance:
'I think Robert Pattinson is really going to shine in that role. He’s so dedicated,' she said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News.
‘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.