Hollywood crews have wrapped up their work in Chattanooga after shooting the movie ‘Water for Elephants.’ It stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon but some of the littlest stars are from right here in the Tennessee Valley.
Last Friday, while hundreds of fans were kept far away from the set on a Chickamauga farm, Sonya Gonzales got a first-hand look. Both of her sons had roles.Spoiler:They play two of Robert Pattinson’s kids in the movie,” says Sonya. 7 year-old Mason and 5 year-old Liam were both chosen, despite the fact that casting agents didn’t even know they were related.
Sonya took plenty of pictures, including several of her kids in costume. “Well I had overalls with this shirt that was short sleeves and two buttons and with all these different colors on it,” says Mason.
Sonya almost managed to make it into the movie herself. In a pinch, they nearly pulled her in as a body double for Witherspoon before deciding not to shoot the scene. But she did manage to get some one-on-one time with Pattinson during the Saturday night cast party. “He was so sweet and really nice and he let me take a picture with him,” says Sonya.
Now some of her kids have caught the acting bug, including big sister Abby. She is happy for her brothers even though she was hoping for a part herself. At least she got to visit the set. “It takes a lot more people than I thought it would just to get that 5 minutes of that part,” says Abby.
The director told Sonya her sons’ scene is part of the important ending so she doesn’t expect it to end up on the cutting room floor. It certainly won’t if Mason has anything to do with it. “We had to keep doing the same scene over and over again so they could see which one they liked better,” says Mason.
Both kids will be compensated for their roles though they don’t know how much yet. But the experience alone may be worth more.
‘Water for Elephants’ is expected to open next spring.