Earlier today, live from New York, author of bestseller The Fault In Our Stars was joined by director Josh Boone and the cast of the upcoming film adaptation, including Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster), Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters), Laura Dern (Mrs. Lancaster), Sam Trammell (Mr. Lancaster), and Nat Wolff (Isaac), for a press conference.
Not for the first time, John Green discussed the blubbering mess he frequently became on set, and could not speak highly enough of the talented people who were bringing his book to life. Director Josh Boone explained the choice to cast Ansel Elgort as the male lead Augustus (Gus) Waters, describing the “purity” he had, as, when he auditioned, he was yet to see himself in a movie. Overall, Boone said he encompassed the wide variety of traits expected of the character. Shailene Woodley, Elgort’s on-screen love interest (and also sister in Divergent), teased the pair’s filming history, saying “I always kinda wondered what it would be like to kiss my brother”, but seriously explained the more you get to work with someone and get to know them on a personal level, the easier it is to work with them artistically. She also praised his creativity, revealing to the gathered press and those watching via Yahoo livestream that Elgort is not only a music producer, but also a pianist, singer, ballet dancer, and prize-winning miniature painter!
Ansel himself described the months he spent on The Fault In Our Stars as the most he has cried in his life, although this was also thanks to crying with laughter at co-star Nat Wolff! The cast commended Nat’s improvising abilities, divulging that he came up with lines including, something along the lines of “I’m blind I’m not deaf so I don’t love it when you make fun of my disability” and “Do I smell eggs?” for a specific (no spoilers) scene.
With regards to the heavier scenes in the film, however, (and there are a lot of them!), the group of actors thanked John Green for helping by being on set as a “cheerleader” and “fierce champion” of them all. As well as this, all those involved with the film frequently enjoyed “beautiful dinners” together that brought them closer and made the hard work easier.
Those of you who have read the book will know that the eulogy scene is most definitely one of the more emotional in the film, and Josh Boone applauded Shailene’s role in this, calling it the scene that made him know hands down she was Hazel. Shailene herself, however, adores the love scene in the film, calling it “special and unique”. In addition to this, John Green said, “the scene at the gas station is everything I hoped for; exactly what I was trying for emotionally”. Ansel Elgort loved the groups’ time in Amsterdam, saying going down a canal with an arm around Shailene “a great moment in my life”.
Laura Dern and Sam Trammell, who play Hazel’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster, also talked about the love of your child and the love of your parents as the other love story in the film. Just as her parents are worried about her, Hazel is worried about her parents, and the fathers amongst the group (Sam, Josh and John) said audiences will feel compassion and empathise with this.
All in all, Josh Boone called the making of the film a “wonderful experience”, and said “that John Green was happy made us all really happy every day”, and that because of this he feels confident the fans will be happy. Ansel also discussed the relief he felt, and he felt from the fans, at the first screening of the production last night, as the lucky fans have since been raving about the film.
I myself cannot wait to have my heart smashed into a million tiny pieces when it hits cinemas this June 6 in the US, and June 20 in the UK.
For now, you can check out the extended trailer below:
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