RACHEL MCA­DAMS

Do you ever re­ally for­get the one great love of your life, pon­ders Peter Mitchell

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Fall­ing in love all over again.

RACHEL Mca­dams and Chan­ning Ta­tum play a mar­ried cou­ple in the new ro­man­tic drama, The Vow, and on a re­cent day in Bev­erly Hills, months af­ter film­ing fin­ished, they ap­pear to be hus­band and wife.

‘‘ Is my nose wig­gling?’’ Mca­dams, the 33- year- old Cana­dian beauty, asks Ta­tum with a con­cerned look on her face.

Ta­tum, the 31- year- old ac­tor from Alabama who has be­come one of Hol­ly­wood’s favourite lead­ing men, is amused by the out- of- theblue ques­tion. ‘‘ No,’’ he tells Mca­dams. The ac­tress, af­ter months on set with prac­ti­cal joker Ta­tum, thinks he is tak­ing the mickey out of her mid­way through the in­ter­view.

‘‘ You just wig­gled your nose,’’ she tells him. ‘‘ Did I?’’ a be­wil­dered Ta­tum asks. ‘‘ Yes,’’ Mca­dams laughs. For the third per­son sit­ting in the ho­tel suite, it is an odd and con­fus­ing con­ver­sa­tion. It is as if they are speak­ing a se­cret lan­guage.

‘‘ Ah, it’s con­ta­gious,’’ says Ta­tum, at­tempt­ing to ex­plain the nose wig­gling.

‘‘ She just wig­gled her nose and I just did it.’’

When it is sug­gested to Mca­dams, who has been in a re­la­tion­ship with Bri­tish ac­tor Michael Sheen since 2010, and Ta­tum, mar­ried to ac­tress Jenna De­wan for two years, that they are in­deed act­ing like a cou­ple, they laugh. ‘‘ Yeah,’’ Ta­tum agrees. ‘‘ Nah,’’ Mca­dams dis­agrees.

‘‘ No,’’ Ta­tum, sud­denly agree­ing with his co- star like an obe­di­ent hus­band, says.

Well, maybe they are act­ing like a di­vorced cou­ple. Es­tranged?

‘‘ Nah, we’re good friends,’’ Ta­tum says.

‘‘ Sep­a­rated,’’ Mca­dams adds.

‘‘ We’re sep­a­rated, but not by friend­ship,’’ Ta­tum, laugh­ing, con­cludes.

It is no won­der they are close – The Vow was an emo­tional ride for both ac­tors. The movie fol­lows young mar­ried bo­hemian cou­ple Paige ( Mca­dams), a sculp­tor, and Leo ( Ta­tum, both pic­tured), owner of a small record­ing stu­dio.

Their lives are turned up­side down when a truck hits their ve­hi­cle. Paige is cat­a­pulted through the wind­screen and when she emerges from a coma in hospi­tal she does not recog­nise Leo.

He has all of these mem­o­ries and chains he has to carry for the rest of his life

The head trauma has erased the mem­ory of the most re­cent four years of her life.

She met, fell in love with and mar­ried Leo in the blacked- out pe­riod, so she has no idea who he is.

Paige does have fond mem­o­ries of her wealthy mother ( played by Jes­sica Lange) and fa­ther ( Sam Neill), sis­ter ( ex Packed to

the Rafters star Jes­sica Mcnamee) and her for­mer fi­ance ( Scott Speed­man), but she does not re­mem­ber a dis­turb­ing event that re­sulted in her shun­ning her fam­ily, quit­ting law school and mov­ing to Chicago to at­tend art school.

Paige, with no mem­ory of Leo, grav­i­tates back to her for­mer life and fi­ance, but Leo can’t let her go.

The Vow is in­spired by a real- life cou­ple, Kim and Krickitt Car­pen­ter, who were in a car ac­ci­dent in New Mex­ico and wrote a book about their jour­ney in which they fell in love with each other again.

‘‘ Krickitt Car­pen­ter woke up and didn’t know her hus­band,’’ Mca­dams says. ‘‘ They had been mar­ried for two months. ‘‘ Through her faith in God, they re­ally took the vow se­ri­ously and are still to­gether [ for 18 years] and have two chil­dren. ‘‘ They are ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple.’’ Ta­tum says while Paige and Krickitt suf­fered great phys­i­cal and emo­tional pain, Leo and Kim also suf­fered greatly be­cause the women they loved sud­denly saw them as strangers.

‘‘ You re­alise he lost ev­ery­thing as well,’’ Ta­tum says. ‘‘ It’s not just her. It is tor­ture for my char­ac­ter be­cause he re­mem­bers ev­ery­thing.

‘‘ If I leave the frame, she just gets to go back to her fi­ance. That’s trau­matic for him.

‘‘ He has all of these mem­o­ries and chains he has to carry for the rest of his life.

‘‘ They are beau­ti­ful and he doesn’t want to let them go, but it is a weird predica­ment.

‘‘ She is hurt phys­i­cally, but he is left with the emo­tional scars.’’

There is a mo­ment of si­lence dur­ing the in­ter­view, but Ta­tum the prac­ti­cal joker, whether it is nose- twitch­ing or mess­ing with Mca­dams on the set, has a thought. Maybe a black­out could be ben­e­fi­cial. ‘‘ It’s con­ve­nient,’’ he laughs.

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