The highly anticipated teen romance The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters tomorrow (June 6) and while the film is already garnering positive reviews, we wanted to take a look behind-the-scenes to get a better grasp on this epic love story.
For those who are unfamiliar with the plot, here’s the synopsis:
“Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.”
Check out our list of the 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Fault in Our Stars, but beware – spoilers ahead!
1. Shailene Had a Hard Time Cutting her Hair for the Part
In the movie, Shailene Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster; a 16-year-old “old soul” with Stage 4 Thyroid cancer who falls in love for the first time when she meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) at a support group for teens.
Due to the nature of her part, Woodley had to cut her waist-long hair into a pixie cut, which proved to be more difficult than she may have imagined.
In a video released by MTV News last spring, the 22-year-old actress can be seen tearing up and having a mild panic attack while chopping off her long locks. Luckily, she seemed to like her new look in the end, and has been sporting short hair ever since!
2. An Oakland University Professor Appears in the Film
Milica “Mila” Govich, a former Broadway star who now teaches at Oakland University, will appear in The Fault in Our Stars as the mother of lead character Augusts “Gus” Waters.
While recently speaking with CBS Detroit, Govich said of her part, “It’s a small part, a small supporting role but important because it’s one of the leading characters’ moms,” also adding, “It’s a beloved book to them so when I’m in the movie, the kids that I coach, they’re like just blown away.”
3. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort Have a Creepy Connection
Stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort have actually appeared together in another hit film adapted from a best-selling novel, but this time around, their relationship is vastly different.
In the box office smash Divergent, released earlier this year, Woodley and Elgort play Tris and Caleb Prior – who are brother and sister!
In an interview with Vulture, author TFIOS author John Green explained of the ‘accidental incest,’ “If they were really brother and sister, it might be an issue for me. But it was so obvious to me that Ansel had to be Gus, that it didn’t matter. And I think 45 seconds after you meet him in The Fault in Our Stars, it won’t matter to anyone else. But I was nervous about it, initially. When they told me he was going to come in and audition, I was like, ‘Ah, that’s not going to work.’”
4. Author John Green Made a Cameo in the Film…But The Scene Was Cut!
John Green was all ready to make his acting debut in TFIOS as the father of a girl who asks about Hazel’s breathing tube. Green’s character then utters his one line “I’m so sorry” as he is embarrassed of his daughter’s frankness about Hazel’s cancer.
In the book, it’s originally a mother and daughter in the scene, but the writers changed it around so that Green could have a cameo. Unfortunately, it ended up on the cutting room floor!
“They cut it because it was totally unnecessary to the movie-slash-I was terrible,” Green told Vulture.
A few lucky fans can catch the deleted scene tonight at the event “The Night Before Our Stars;” the largest ever live simulcast experience featuring the actors, director, producer, and author.
Find out where you can see the screening TONIGHT at 8:30pm HERE.
5. The Ending is Unbelievably Heartbreaking
WARNING– MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Those who have read the novel know they should bring a giant box of tissues to the theater, but in case you weren’t aware, the ending of this movie is incredibly sad!
Throughout the story, Hazel deals with her Thyroid cancer while Gus is in remission from osteosarcoma after having his leg amputated. During the course of their relationship, Hazel worries that she will hurt Gus in the end because of her impending death, calling herself a “grenade.”
However, in a stunning twist, Gus’s cancer ends up returning and spreading, ultimately resulting in his death.
In the end, a letter from Augustus tells Hazel that in life, we can’t avoid getting hurt, but we can determine who hurts us. He writes that he’s happy with his choice and hopes she is, too…she says that she is.
Are you pumped to see The Fault in Our Stars when it hits theaters this weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments!