Actor Robert Pattinson had a terrifying first-time circus experience - one of the clowns died on stage when a stunt went awry.

The Twilight actor plays a runaway who joins a traveling circus in his new movie Water for Elephants, and he admits the film role brought the awful memory back.

During an appearance on the Today show on Monday, Pattinson explained, "The first time I went to a circus, somebody died. One of the clowns died. His little car exploded, the joke car exploded on him. Everybody ran out, it was terrifying."

But Pattinson loved working with all the animals on his new film - except for the zebras.

"I think it's so much better. I like working with kids, I like working with animals. The more unpredictable elements you can put into a scene, the more I like it... The zebras are the ones to watch out for... Always avoid zebras. If you see a zebra on the street, run," he says.



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