Sparks fly from ‘first’ kiss
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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