Craig Stevens, who was moderating the event, climbed the stage to screams of adoring and crying fans but they weren't coming out yet. It was time to watch the trailer though that was nearly impossible with the furore from the crowds! They practically erupted when the stars came out. And as Stevens' rightly proclaimed, "We're going to need subtitles because I can't hear you and I'm sure you can't hear me."
One thing that is always on a book lovers mind is whether the actors read the book prior to playing the role in the film. Many actors never bother to read the books or don’t have the time, and others will reject a role if they cannot read it in time, such as what Garrett Hedlund did with The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Ansel revealed that he got the script first but then read the book so he could embody Augustus in the film, which he did, very well. Laura felt that ‘we all love John so once you read his book you want to protect him’ and this one reason why the film is such a faithful adaptation. Nat explains that he was bombarded with questions over twitter, asking why he wasn’t blond like book Isaac.
An interesting tidbit of information that was shared with the fans was about the cancer support group in the film. Other than the main actors, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, they were all real cancer patients. Ansel and Nat spent time with patients who suffered from the same form as their characters, and whereas Nat grew attached to his new friend, when he later wrote a letter to him, he didn’t know who Nat was! This patient had a large effect on Nat, his acting, and his perspective on life.
The scene where Hazel and Gus meet for the first time is shown and poor Ansel is looking down at the ground as it plays, seeming uncomfortable. Don’t worry, you did a great job and there was nothing to be embarrassed about but isn’t it nice to be reminded on occasion that celebrities are just normal people? and Ansel is only 20 years old. He’s not quite used to the attention!
Clearly, there is not going to be questions to Ansel, or Shailene, related to this film or Divergent without this one question cropping up. As Stevens asked this dreaded question, the audience groan and the actors want to roll their eyes. ‘What was it like going from brother to sister in Divergent, to lovers in The Fault In Our Stars?’ He didn’t receive a genuine answer as Nat comments with ‘Well, once they stopped calling each other Bro and Sis, it was all good.’
The event, though short, was highly enjoyable. Craig Stevens was hilarious as soon as he stepped on stage, cracking jokes constantly, and then the stars arrived and gave witty and intelligent answers. What more can you ask for?
The Fault In Our Stars is out tomorrow. Read our reviewhere!