There’s no denying cinema’s latest hit The Fault in Our Stars will leave you puffy-eyed. When we went to see it there wasn’t a dry eye in the house once the credits rolled. And we saw it in a room full of hardened old journalists.
The tale, based on John Green’s bestselling novels, follows cancer patient Hazel who meets and falls for fellow teen Gus at a support group. It’s a bittersweet love story, that even had the film’s stars reaching for their tissues.
We sat down with Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff to chat TFIOS. And to find out how long they managed to hold off the tears…
“I cry a little bit when Hazel first goes into the hospital,” admitted Ansel, adding: “Almost every time Gus is emotional in the film I cry I think!”
Nat kept it together for a little while longer. “Amsterdam was when I started to choke up,” he said.
The film might have its gut-wrenching moments, but it’s far from dreary or depressing. There are a lot of laughs – and plenty of light, irreverent moments to counteract the tears.
“The real way that people do cope with their pain is through humour,” said Wolff. “Because [the characters] are really presented as fully human… I think people cry even more and it’s more upsetting.”
“But at the end of the movie I had somebody come up to me and say, ‘I think it was a hopeful movie. At the end of this movie I called everyone I loved and told them that I loved them.’ I thought that was really perfect.”
Watch our interview with Nat and Ansel:
The Fault in Our Stars is in UK cinemas from 19 June.