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Fun with the cast of 'The Fault in Our Stars'

Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN | Saturday, May 31, 2014

The first thing you need to know is that "The Fault in Our Stars" is not a cancer movie.

Yes, there are characters battling cancer, and Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) do meet in a cancer support group, but this is not a film about the disease.

"We wanted to tell a story about people living with serious illness, living with disabilities, but show that people who are very sick are not fundamentally different from the healthy. It's not like they're less human than anyone else. They can have all the love and joy and anger and passion as any other life," said John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars," the book that inspired the highly anticipated film adaptation.

The second thing you need to know is that this movie will make you cry.

Love fest

Sam Trammell, who plays Hazel's father, was at the first fan screening in New York last month. He said, "We were kind of blown away by the outward emotion that was happening. I had never heard anything like it. I'm kind of astounded."

The film is a love story, and not just between Hazel and Gus. There's love between Hazel's parents, love between Hazel and her parents, and the bromance of Gus and Isaac (played to perfection by Nat Wolff). Laura Dern, who plays Hazel's mom, said, "John gives us an opportunity to collectively share as moviegoers and as readers this experience of what it is to love. It's a love fest. Like it is between us."

Their love fest was evident at the press con at Soho's Crosby Street Hotel. John, Shailene, Ansel, Nat, Laura, Sam and director Josh Boone high-fived, cheered, clapped for and teased one another. "This is a really special group. We really clicked and hung out a lot off set," said Sam.

Who cried the most on set?

Josh: John!

Sam: John!

Nat: John!

Ansel: John!

Laura: John Green!

Shailene: John!

John: Yeah, definitely me. I cried a lot. I cried almost every day. It was so overwhelming to me that these really talented people were bringing so much passion and talent to the story I had written and giving it a new life. They really honoured my book and I think that's a rare feeling for an author to have when his book is being adapted into a movie. I just felt overwhelmed with gratitude. Plus there were the sad parts, right? There are a lot of funny parts, too, but even the funny parts would make me cry.

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