The 'Water for Elephants' DVD has already been released in some countries and a gracious overseas fan has shared some Rob-specific highlights from the Francis Lawrence commentary with ROBsessed. I've placed the excerpts behind a cut for those who wish to wait until they have their own copy of the DVD to view.
~ Initially they wanted Hal to do all the voice over but then thought it would distance from the character and decided to try Rob's voice and really liked the result
~ The moment with the girl at the college was a in between takes moment. She was so nervous around Rob that they tricked her. She was actually flirting with Rob off camera.
~ They say Rob has a method to start sweating and go all pale but they won't reveal.
~ Rob's mom in the movie also acted as his Polish coach.
~ Rob did his own stunt running alongside the track and catching the train. Francis was really nervous because if something got wrong it could be really awful.
~ Rob learned a Polish song that he sung in the forest but they cut that part out. He picked up the Polish really quick. He didn't need much practice to sound convincing.
~ When Reese is with Silver Star in the train car, they ran out of time to shoot Rob's close up, so they did it 2 months later when Reese had already wrapped. Rob is talking to a television playing the take at the floor of the train car.
~ Again, Rob did his own stunt when he's almost thrown out of the train. It was not so fast as it appears to be but it was a moving train.
~ Tai's trainer said to them that they all would think that they had a relationship with her but for her the actors were just props. They don't believe the trainer. They are sure Tai fell in love with Rob. They say that because she followed Rob around even when he didn't have any treats in his pockets.
~ Francis thinks Rob does a good drunk.
~ He thinks it's great to see Rob smile a lot in this movie. LaGravenese think its because he was happy he didn't have to put yellow contacts in his eyes.
~ They say Rob was a really good sport about everything. He never complained about a thing. He was always in a great mood.
~ They are talking about Rob being sick and they think it was very funny. And the fact that Francis was all the time saying things like "ok, now grab her leg. Strap, strap, strap. Put her dress down. Reese, go for his belt" Their point is that in the day didn't sound romantic at all.
~LaGravenese was having dinner with someone that saw the movie and was saying how amazing is the relationship that Rob has with the camera. He's one of those actors, like old-time stars in the 30's. The camera loves him. And the guy said to him "He looked even better when he was beaten up".