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 was asked if he had any challenges having to work with Luke because of the differences in 20 years in age. He said yes “and it was harder to match his physique.” It was one of the more difficult things but he”had 20 years later on my side. And you know what? I was really fortunate to be part of THE NOTEBOOK, which was, you know, obviously a really good example of a well done Nicholas Sparks' film.” They were luckier to have a wide age gap between Ryan and James and Rachel and Jenna.”This is trickier because it's only twenty years.”
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…..”
When Luke Bracey was asked a similar question, his response was,” I really enjoyed it. James and Isat down a couple of times before we started shooting andwe just talked about tha accent obviously.” Luke is from Australia and neither was from the south so they had to develop the southern accent! Luke's is a bit different from James's” because we wanted it to be nice and subtle.”
“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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