Author John Green spoke with USA Today about The Fault In Our Stars adaptation calling it a “wonderfully faithful adaptation” and gushing over the performances by Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Gus).
Green, who’s seen a nearly completed version of the film, tells USA TODAY, “I loved it. It’s a wonderfully faithful adaptation.”
He says Woodley “sounds and acts just like Hazel does in my mind.” (Hazel is the novel’s bookish and sarcastic narrator who’s tethered to an oxygen tank.)
Green says Elgort is “just so Gus.” (Gus, or Augustus, is a former basketball star who falls in love with Hazel). “That’s a hard role. Gus is very confident in many ways, but not entirely.”
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The LA Times posted an excellent feature on John Green and his time on the set of The Fault In Our Stars, which hits theaters on June 3.
One of the things they touched upon was Green’s friendship with Esther Earl, who was his inspiration for The Fault In Our Stars.
It wasn’t until he met 14-year-old cancer patient Esther Earl at a Harry Potter convention that his thoughts about children with illness took shape as a real story. He spent a lot of time with Esther toward the end of her life, organizing her Make-a-Wish (bringing all her online friends to Boston for a weeklong celebration). After she died, his novel came alive.
He says flatly that Esther was not the basis for his protagonist, Hazel Grace, who has stage 4 thyroid cancer.
“Hazel and Esther are very different people, but I could never have written Hazel had I never been friends with Esther,” said Green, sitting outside a hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, dressed casually in a green “Hunger Games”-themed T-shirt and jeans. “My friendship with Esther taught me two things: how empathetic and outwardly focused teenagers can be, and that Esther’s life was still a good life and she was glad to have lived it.”
Green, who was a strong presence on the film set, also talked about his thoughts on the adaptation.
The author, who wasn’t at all involved with the adaptation, said he loved the script — some parts, he said, were better than his novel. “When I saw their draft, I liked the ending better than I liked the ending of my book,” Green said. “That was a good feeling — and a little bit annoying.”
The cover for the official movie companion was released over on the Divergent Facebook page this week, with Shailene Woodley as Tris on the front. Looking classy!
Shailene Woodley is on the cover of Total Film, as Beatrice Prior – who we all have to wait until March to see. The February 2014 issue talks about heroes of 2014.
The article also features an interview with Shailene. For the full transcribed interview, VISIT THE SOURCE.
“I said no when I got the offer,” Woodley recalls, striking a yoga tree pose and nursing herbal tea in a London hotel suite after a limb-cramping long flight from the US. “I was like, ‘I’m afraid about the lack of anonymity, that lifestyle if the movie does well, the amount of commitment even for publicity.”’ Convinced to re-assess by her mum (who reasoned that she liked the character and to turn down a film based on fame was like turning it down based on its budget – something she assures us she wouldn’t do), Woodley threw herself into training and ‘chemistry auditions’ to portray Tris, the kick-ass teen girl leading a revolution against a factioned and oppressed society in futuristic Chicago.
Teen.com made a list of their top 13 breakout starts of 2013, and our favorite boys Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller made the list of course!! Both boys star in the upcoming Divergent while also toting another major young adult release next year! We say ON TO 2014 BOYS!
2. Ansel Elgort
Ansel might have only starred in the remake of Carrie this year — which he was great in, BTW — but he spent most of his year filming not one but TWO highly-anticipated book adaptations. Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars are sure to make Ansel a YA staple come 2014.
6. Miles Teller
Miles first came on our radar in 2011 thanks to his charming turn in the Footloose remake, but 2013 was really his year. He wowed critics and moviegoers alike in The Spectacular Now, and also had us LOLing in the comedy 21 & Over. Expect to see even more of in in 2014 thanks to That Awkward Moment and Divergent.
If you haven’t seen our 2 Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now, then get to it! It’s amazing and now On Demand! We aren’t the only ones who thought so as Vulture.com did as well by naming them the Best On Screen Chemistry of 2013!
Best Onscreen Chemistry (Movie): The Spectacular Now
Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley feel bracingly real as the tentative couple at the center of The Spectacular Now, and though their characters make for unlikely lovebirds — he’s a popular high school drunk, while she’s sweet, sincere, and practically invisible — they’re so convincing in the long, swoon-worthy scene culminating in their first kiss that you truly believe you’ve just watched two people fall in love. – KB
And the tears all start to fall!
OMG, this poster is perfection. And personally I LOVE the tag line.
Josh Boone, we have faith in. He’s going to do amazing things with The Fault in Our Stars. We know that. Hampton Roads did a great article on Josh. Here’s an excerpt…
The emotionally charged novel revolves around 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has stage 4 thyroid cancer and is able to survive only with an experimental drug and an oxygen tank that she calls “Philip.” She’s played by one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars, Shailene Woodley, who starred in 2011’s “The Descendants.”
Before filming, Woodley had her long, wavy hair cut – Boone flew to L.A. to monitor the new hairdo – and lost weight to morph into Hazel.
Laura Dern plays her smothering mom. She pushes Hazel to attend a weekly support group whose members, a rotating cast of characters, circle around a huge rug with an image of Jesus. The rug was made by Patrick – portrayed by comedian/actor Mike Birbiglia – the group leader and the only member over 18. He starts each meeting with his experience: He survived testicular cancer but lost both testicles.
Tragedy, though, is trumped by humor, and when Boone shouts “Cut!” on the Pennsylvania set, everyone lets out a gasp of nervous laughter.
During one meeting, Hazel is drawn to the tall and handsome Augustus “Gus” Waters (newcomer Ansel Elgort), a basketball player who lost his right leg just below the knee to cancer but is in remission.
But “Fault,” Boone said, is more than a love story. Hazel and Gus bond over a book she loves, and the movie builds to their trip to Amsterdam, where they hope that the reclusive author, Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe), will answer their questions.
If it sounds like “The Wizard of Oz,” that’s the way Boone pitched it during his audition with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, the guys behind “The Twilight Saga” and TV’s “Revenge.”
“You spend the whole movie waiting to meet this man,” Boone said. “It’s them coming to Emerald City.”
He was drawn to “Fault” after one of his close friends, a record store owner who gave him his first job in L.A., died from lung cancer. It was aggressive, and Boone, 34, was at his friend’s bedside most of his final month.
Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter wrote the adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. However, the writers also write the adaptation of The Spectacular Now. The writers talked to the LA Times about why they chose to adapt The Spectacular Now.
Let’s face it, being young is not a PG-13 experience. If you’ve been there, you know. We wanted to capture not just the experience of being young but also the feeling. It had to sound real, it had to look real, it had to feel real. We saw that automatic R as a plus, not a minus.
Not many other people did, to be sure. So it was only natural “The Spectacular Now” became an independent film. Gone were notes like, “Let’s make sure the car scene feels like a trailer moment” and “Can there be a wet T-shirt contest at the house party?” In fact, gone were any notes at all. We could write the best version of the movie, the most honest version, the version the two of us would most want to see.
Being honest about these aspects of young adulthood was the easiest part of the adaptation. Much trickier was taking a book that’s largely internal and making it external and cinematic. The book is told from its main character Sutter Keely’s point-of-view, a POV clouded by booze and a somewhat inflated sense of self. To capture that sensibility (without an over-reliance on intrusive voice-over) was an exciting challenge and one we never would have achieved without the exceedingly gifted creative partners we found along the way.
Initially, one of the most appealing aspects of “Spectacular Now” to us was how different it would be from “(500) Days.” But the truth is, there’s a lot more connective tissue there than meets the eye. “500” is a coming-of-age movie masquerading as a love story. And “Spectacular Now” is a love story masquerading as a coming-of-age movie. Both films are about a time in your life when, for better or maybe for worse, someone else has the power to change who you are. The central question is whether you let them.
Check out this video where John Green talks about what he learned on the set of The Fault In Our Stars!