I am so thankful to Relativity Media for inviting me to take the #BestofMe set visit and tour.
We have discussed the Best of Me set visit and if you read the last two posts, then you know I loved this book. I am as equally excited to set the movie as well.
Catch up on the first two posts:
The Best of Me Set Visit
An Interview with Author Nicholas Sparks on the Best of Me Set
Back to Best of Me…James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan play the older Dawson and Amanda while Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato play the younger version.
James said he looks younger than he actually is. ” So, it’s a tough first sell, but Luke [Bracey] and I get together early on and we realized, look,we’re not carbon copies of one another and I don’t think the audience needs to see that….” The two actors worked together to get the same mannerisms. James tried to get his voice in the same deeper register.They would quiz each other to see what mannerisms would work best for the two of them. They would ask each other how the character would behave.
Michael Hoffman(director) had everyone take this test. It was a 25 question test to see what you would do or react in certain situations.The two fellas were in the 85% compatible. “We got on the same page…..”
“We worked on small, physical things, but we both agreed that he comes a long way from when I play him to when James is.” Both actors wanted to be able to leave room for growth in the character they both played.
ABOUT THE BEST OF ME
Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.
The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.
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The Best of Me opens Friday, October 17, 2014