'Water For Elephants' DVD EXCLUSIVE: Why Robert Pattinson Was The Right Jacob

As far as Robert Pattinson is concerned, we know very well that he's wonderful, talented and charming. And not that we get tired of mentioning it, frequently, but it's nice when other not-as-rabid fans go out of their way to say nice things about our Rob.

Case in point, the cast and crew of "Water For Elephants," which arrives on DVD today. We got our hot little hands on an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes featurette from the weepy, 1920s circus romance in which Rob's co-star and director speak to the heartthrob's serious talent.

Director Francis Lawrence admitted that finding an actor in his early 20s to play Jacob was a tough one.

"It was really tricky because a lot of the guys that are that age still really felt like boys to me," Francis explained. "When I met Rob I really had only known him from 'Twilight,' and I didn't know what to expect."

"With Jacob, I thought I could really add something to the part," Rob said about what initially interested him in the role. "And then I read the script and it seemed like they'd added more to it, definitely in his relationship with Marlena, and it made me more intrigued."

"WFE" producer Andrew Tennenbaum added that Rob had a mature insight into the character, while co-star Reese Witherspoon complimented his sensitivity and nuanced performance.

"He has a lot of conflict in the movie, and Rob was great at having that very thoughtful way about conveying that about the character," she said.

What do you think of Rob's approach to his "Water For Elephants" role? Will you be buying the DVD today? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!