“Water for Elephants” stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon . (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

When Matt Lauer asked Pattinson if he wanted to join the circus as a kid, he responded, “No. The first time I went to the circus somebody died, one of the clowns died.” Wait. What?

“His little car exploded,” Pattinson explained while the “Today” crew giggled.

Meanwhile, Witherspoon gave a much less bizarre interview to “GMA’s” Robin Roberts. Witherspoon gushed over her co-star — Rosie the elephant — and her new, fan-approved husband, Jim Toth.

Watch the pair of interviews after the jump:

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