Ansel Elgort is tall, good-looking, and has the kind of man-child movie star looks that could read as either pouty teenager or broody twenty-something. And his looks have clearly served Elgort well in his short but fast-moving acting career.
However, when Elgort was initially cast as Augustus Waters in John Green's YA novel adaptation, The Fault In Our Stars, he was subject to a barrage of abuse! When it came to casting choices in the film adaptation of the book, fans of the book were the first to comment. They expressed their discontent that the Augustus Waters from the book has blue eyes and dark brown hair.
In a recent interview, Elgort recalled:
I was on my phone nonstop, refreshing Twitter and reading all these aggressive comments. 'Who the ... is this guy?' 'He's not Augustus Waters!' 'He's not what he looks like at all! His eyes aren't even blue!'
In The Fault In Our Stars, Shailene Woodley and Elgort play Hazel and Gus, the movie's two protagonists. They also had big roles in the adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent last month, so they've already got the working together part down. And after watching the latest trailer, I'm convinced that Ansel effortlessly personifies Augustus Waters' super pretentious yet lovable personality. There's so much more depth to that character that is much more important than looks.
The Fault In Our Stars centers on Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Elgort), two teenagers who survived cancer, who meet in a support group and fall in love. Both have a lot in common: they are kind of precocious, for instance, and both share a fascination with An Imperial Affliction, a novel dealing with cancer. It makes only sense that Augustus decides to take Hazel on a trip to Amsterdam, where the author of the novel lives. The objective of said voyage: to get answers to the big questions!
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The Fault In Our Stars arrives in theaters on June 6, 2014.