Sparks fly from ‘first’ kiss

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Dano, 28, didn’t kiss his girl­friend for a fort­night in the lead up to mak­ing of Ruby Sparks. Act­ing op­po­site real-life part­ner Zoe Kazan, he wanted the cou­ple’s on-screen in­ter­ac­tion to be real, yet fresh. ‘‘Hope­fully we were able to bring in­ti­macy and chem­istry to it in a way that would have been much harder with some­body I didn’t know and didn’t love,’’ he says. ‘‘We also had to do things . . . we didn’t kiss for two or three weeks lead­ing up . . . just ’cause you have to get that (new) sense.’’ Not a ro­man­tic com­edy, but rather a ‘‘fan­tasy’’ ac­cord­ing to codi­rec­tor Jonathan Day­ton, Ruby Sparks is a round­about love story be­tween dys­func­tional but suc­cess­ful au­thor Calvin (Dano) and the char­ac­ter of his lat­est book Ruby (Kazan), who ma­te­ri­alises one morn­ing in his kitchen. In a sub­se­quently sur­real and some­times dark world, Calvin moulds and shapes Ruby as he de­vel­ops her char­ac­ter in his typed nar­ra­tive. Kazan, 29, set about writ­ing the script with no in­ten­tion of her­self or Dano star­ring in the pro­duc­tion. ‘‘It was very early in my writ­ing process that I showed Paul and he asked me if I was writ­ing it for the two of us,’’ she says. ‘‘And when he said that, it seemed re­ally clear that’s to­tally what I was do­ing, but it took him point­ing it out for me to re­alise.’’

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