Robert Pattinson Covers Vanity Fair –with an Alligator!
03/03/2011 AT 04:00 PM EST
The photo, shot by Annie Leibovitz, accompanies a profile of the actor, and lays out his affection for animals, especially Tai, his pachyderm costar in Water for Elephants.
"She was the best actor I ever worked with in my life," Pattinson says. "I cried when the elephant was wrapped [finished filming]. I never cried when anyone else was wrapped."
Soulful, good-looking ... and not afraid to shed a few tears? Those riots aren't about to let up anytime soon.
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