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