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Posted Fri, April 22, 2011 9:32am EDT

Robert Pattinson Reveals Near-Death Experiences! We Almost Lost Him Twice!

If you thought tackling werewolves was scary, wait until you hear about Rob’s ‘terrifying’ experiences filming ‘Water For Elephants!’

While you’re watching Robert Pattinson steam up the big screen in Water For Elephants this weekend, take some time to appreciate the fact that he survived filming the movie. In a new interview, Rob tells USA Today he had quite a few close calls with the animals on set, including being attacked by a hungry lion and being knocked down by a horse.

The first “insane” encounter Rob came while filming a scene in which Christoph Waltz‘s character forces Rob’s to hand-feed a ravenous lion.

“We did the first take, and sure enough, the lion just ripped the [prosthetic] arm in and wouldn’t give it back,” Rob tells the paper. “He didn’t even care about the meat. He just wanted to eat the fake arm. I was absolutely terrified.”

Director Francis Lawrence attests to his fear: “Both Rob and Christoph coined the term ‘no acting required’ in the lion scenes,” he says. “You didn’t have to pretend to be afraid when you were around the lion.”

Rob’s second scare occurred when he came face to hooves with a massive stallion, especially because Rob admits to having a pre-existing fear of horses. He has only one word to describe that experience, which required the beast to knock him down: “terrifying.”

On behalf of everyone at HollywoodLife.com, we’re relieved Rob survived the shoot. Now go enjoy him on the big screen!