Love sto­ries never fall out of fash­ion

Love sto­ries never fall out of fash­ion, as ev­i­dent in the re­make of End­less Love.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - — Mum­taj Begum

THE range of emo­tions when one is young and in love can be any­where from sim­ply joy­ous to painfully heart­bro­ken. Th­ese all-con­sum­ing feel­ings are de­picted in Scott Spencer’s 1979 book, End­less Love, which re­volves around two teenagers who fall pas­sion­ately in love only to be kept apart by the adults.

Spencer’s tale first got its Hol­ly­wood treat­ment in 1981 fea­tur­ing a young Brooke Shields. Now, af­ter more than three decades, it re­ceives an up­date with Gabriella Wilde ( Car­rie) and Alex Pet­tyfer ( Magic Mike) in the role of Jade But­ter­field and David Ax­el­rod.

In an in­ter­view tran­script pro­vided by the film’s dis­trib­u­tor, United In­ter­na­tional Pic­tures, Wilde, 24, shared that she and 23-year-old Pet­tyfer were given am­ple re­hearsal time by di­rec­tor Shana Feste so they could de­velop their on­screen re­la­tion­ship, so to en­sure it came across real and nat­u­ral.

“It was very im­por­tant for Shana to make a movie that was truth­ful,” ex­plained Wilde. “We just did a lot of ex­er­cises, a lot of things to com­pletely hu­mil­i­ate our­selves in front of Shana, so that no bar­ri­ers were left by the end. We went into the movie hav­ing not worked on the script like a typ­i­cal re­hearsal but in­cred­i­bly open and pre­pared to try any­thing.”

With chem­istry es­tab­lished, it was time to tackle the story. Wilde’s take on the film is that it is char­ac­ter-driven with a de­tailed study of two young peo­ple fall­ing in love and the in­ten­sity be­hind it.

“When you film with Shana, you re­ally are see­ing a truth­ful telling of what it is to fall in love and the ex­trem­ity of it,” shared Wilde.

With so much feel­ings poured into the film, it was a relief for the Eng­land-born ac­tress that her lead­ing man is also Bri­tish. How­ever, she said that it is “kind of a dou­bleedged sword.”

Wilde added: “It was great to have some­one who knows where you are from and you can re­late to on cer­tain things straight off the bat. But at the same time, it was kind of strange be­cause we are go­ing into a very Amer­i­can movie play­ing a very Amer­i­can story and we are both English. As a re­sult, it’s not as easy to get into the story very quickly.”

Well, judge for your­selves the per­for­mances of th­ese two young stars when End­less Love opens in cine­mas, na­tion­wide, to­day.

Prac­tice makes per­fect: Gabriella Wilde and alex Pet­tyfer were given am­ple re­hearsal time so they could de­velop their on-screen re­la­tion­ship.

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