by Jeff Niesel
Yesterday, some 3,000 teens and tweens along with their parents filed into Tower City for a fan event in anticipation of the upcoming film The Fault in Our Stars. They were there to see actors Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff along with author John Green as they shared clips and answered questions about the movie. Since Cleveland was only one of four cities nationwide hosting a pre-release event for the film, fans came in from throughout the region. Prior to the Q&A session, the stars walked a red carpet backstage where they posed for photographers and answered reporters’ questions.
“It felt like an honor to make the movie because I was so in love with the book,” said Woodley, who preferred a handbump to a handshake when greeting the throng of media types lined up to ask her questions. “There are so many universal messages to be spreading, which is important because there’s so much fear in the world now about what’s going to happen because of the environment and the government. To have a movie that celebrates life is going to be really good for people to see. It’s very cathartic and healing.”
Green, who published his first book in 2005, admitted he didn’t see himself as a person who makes movies because “it seems like a lot of hullabaloo.” “I like writing about adolescence because so much stuff is happening for the first time for teenagers,” he said, adding that he knew he was onto something when he did a book event in 2008 that drew a crowd of about 800. “You ask questions about the meaning of life in a completely un-ironic way.”
Despite the mayhem, Elgort, who also starred with Woodley in the sci-fi flick Divergent, said the short promo tour has been good fun. “There are so many fans who are delighted to get a picture,” he said. “How can you be negative about that? It’s so awesome. Some people are jaded but I don’t understand that. This is even bigger than Divergent in terms of fan turnout. Yesterday in Miami, we had 5000 people at a mall and today they’ve had to turn people away. It’s crazy.”