Pattinson’s Fans Protect Him From Paps

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July 14, 2010 | 12:40pm EST

Robert Pattinson’s legions of fans are coming in handy for the for Twilight hunk – they have taken to protecting the star from over-intrusive paparazzi photographers.

Devotees came to the actor’s rescue on the set of his new movie Water For Elephants, by scaring off photographers during dangerous elephant scenes with Reese Witherspoon.

He explains, ” We had a scene with elephants but there were so many paparazzi around that it was scaring the animals and it was impossible to film.

“Out of the blue, fans, that were waiting for autographs, had enough and circled around the paparazzi. Teens made big guys run away. It was unreal! I was pleased.”