There is one trait that the likes of “The Notebook”, “A Walk to Remember”, “Titanic” and “P.S. I Love You” have in common. Unlike those typical rom-coms that Hollywood churns out, these movies have relied on showcasing passionate love. One that blurs all boundaries. This June, 20th Century Fox presents us with a film based on just this premise. The story is about a college teen, Gus who is head over heels in love with, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, Hazel. Hazel’s life seems to be encumbered though, given that her constant companion is a mere oxygen tank. Under the unconditional love of Gus, will Hazel be able to conquer her fears and live the rest of her life happily? Or will the love story itself become a liability for the stoic Hazel?
With the release of the film around the corner, here are five interesting facts that may take you by surprise:
1. The film is an official adaptation of John Green’s critically acclaimed novel. The book currently boasts of a 4.5 rating on Goodreads and is immensely popular, especially among young readers.
2. In “Divergent”, Shailene and Ansel shared a brother-sister relationship, while in “The Fault in Our Stars”, they play inseparable lovebirds.
3. Before Shailene Woodley was given the nod, Hailee Steinfeld, Liana Liberato and Mary Kate Wiles were considered for the lead role.
4. During the scripting stages, Shailene Woodley wrote a fascinating letter to Green, before she ended up being cast as Hazel. Although initially skeptical whether Woodley would pull off her role with élan, Green was eventually blown away when she read for him. "We were all crying, it was actually sort of bad," he laughs. "But from that moment, the role was hers."
5. The original ending to Fault is strikingly different than the final one. When his editor Julie Strauss-Gabel received the final draft of that ending, she was perplexed. She read it, then immediately ringed him and said, “The last 40 pages, I can’t tell if you’re kidding.”
Directed by Josh Broone, and starring "Divergent" stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, “The Fault in Our Stars” promises to whet your appetite for romantic tearjerkers and tug at your heart with resounding emotional epiphanies. It will premiere in theaters on June 6.
By Anubhav Shrivastava