03/03/2011 at 04:45 PM EST
He plays a vampire Adonis and rescues puppies. Now, on the cover of Vanity Fair
's latest issue, Robert Pattinson
wears an alligator around his neck – after having wrassled it, perhaps? We couldn't expect any less from the Twilight
star, who we've seen manage to escape near-riots among his fans.
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.Read more about Robert Pattinson on PEOPLEPets.com:Robert Pattinson Adopts a New Puppy!PHOTO: Robert Pattinson Gets Feisty with an Elephant