Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon are coming. At least according to Kathy Carver, owner of Chaparral Talent Agency in Chattanooga.
“I was asked back in June to find stand-ins for Robert and Reese and extras for the movie,” she said. “They would not need stand-ins if they were not coming.”
Carver said she turned down the job because it didn’t pay enough, but still, having the cast and crew of the 20th Century Fox production here for about a month is good for the local economy.
“They leave lots of money,” she said.
Meanwhile, Internet social media sites and chatrooms are stuffed with fans of Pattinson, who is best known for his role as vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” series, plotting ways to catch a glimpse of him.
After the Times Free Press identified their particular web page, some fans created a private, invitation-only site to dish their swoons and secrets.
“Water for Elephants” is based on the book of the same name and is set during the Great Depression. Robert Pattinson plays a poor, newly orphaned veterinary school student who joins up with a traveling circus. Reese Witherspoon plays one of the circus performers.
Submitted photo by Kimberly Raspiller
Kimberly Raspiller and her daughter, Courtney, followed Internet chatroom rumors to locate this house on West Cove Road in Kensington, Ga. She said the owner, whose name she did not get, says it will be used in the filming of the movie “Water for Elephants” starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.
Rumors abounded Wednesday that Pattinson was in town. On the On Location Vacations website, “Monkeybreath” wrote, “Rob just bummed a smoke from me on Market Street across from the Choo Choo.”
Reports also said he was spotted in Lupi’s Pizza Pies downtown and at the Tennessee Aquarium. Those reports were denied by employees at the restaurant and the aquarium.
Even some fans were skeptical of all the sightings.
“Someone on this thread is fibbing, and it’s most likely everyone,” wrote “Rhonda” on the website. “So today, he filmed in GA, ate lunch at Lupi’s, bummed a smoke and went to the aquarium. And the director of the film is still in LA. Hmmmm?”
After finishing her night-shift nursing job Wednesday morning, Harrison resident Kimberly Raspiller read that Pattinson might be in North Georgia. She called her 17-year-old daughter, Courtney.
“She got right out of bed,” Raspiller said. “She never gets up early (around 7 a.m.).”
Kimberly Raspiller took the photos. It is a house on W. Cove Road in Kensington, Ga., where the owner, whose name she did not get, says will be used in the filming of "Water for Elephants" starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.
The two got online and read fan reports claiming that filming would take place on West Cove Road in Kensington, Ga., and headed out, hoping to glimpse the star or get a picture.
They found the house, which is unoccupied, and even managed to speak to the owner — though they did not get his name — who they said was there along with film-crew members.
He told her that “he and his brother own the property and they were fertilizing the land when a scout stopped last spring to ask if he could take a look around,” Raspiller said. “They (the brothers) were planning to tear the house down, he said.”
The homeowner told the mother and daughter that crews have done some minor cosmetic work to the house getting ready for this weekend’s filming there, Raspiller said.
“He said, ‘By Friday, you ain’t gonna get anywhere near here cause they will have the roads blocked.’”
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Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...