* HilariousInHindsight:
** RobertPattinson plays a character named "Jacob". This also happens to be the name of the romantic rival to Pattinson's character in a [[{{Literature/Twilight}} popular film series]], also based on books.
** In a deleted scene of the 2004 film ''VanityFair'', RobertPattinson played Reese Witherspoon's estranged son. In ''Water for Elephants'', they play lovers.
** In 1998, Reese Witherspoon was in a film that happened to be called ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119594/ Twilight]]''.
** Robert Pattinson plays a creepy, abusive, jealous stalker in Twilight. Here he plays the (non-abusive) protagonist in a story that deconstructs abusive relationships.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:August throwing Walter and Camel off the train as it goes over a trestle bridge.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: The dog in the film is played by Uggie, who would become famous the same year as the dog in ''TheArtist''.
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