Josh Boone

Filmmaker Josh Boone Talks ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ And The Art Of Growing Up [Exclusive]

Director-Writer Josh Boone has already leaped past expectations one might pigeonhole a new filmmaker to. For his first outing, he tells an emotionally earnest story about the awkwardly painful experience of growing up under the cloud of his parents’ messy relationship.

The result of that is Stuck In Love, a rich romantic comedy that centers on a family of writers, who are fixated on both the actual act of writing and the work of living out truthful and somewhat painstaking experiences. The elements of what makes a family unique jump from the page with a stellar cast including experienced vets Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell, and promising actors Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato, Lily Collins, and Logan Lerman.

Boone swiftly captures the truth that exists on all sides of relationships across each spectrum of generations, and how relative they all are to each other. What’s most surprising about the film was Boone’s instinctive expertise on weaving each unique story for a well-rounded and hopeful film that deals with first loves, second chances, and surviving difficult vices.

With classic films as his personal syllabus, Boone shows that he has legs to run on and a knowledge that makes him a solid yet fresh voice as a filmmaker. If Stuck In Love is any indication of what he can do, his next project directing the novel adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars should be something to look forward to.

The Inquisitr’s Niki Cruz sat down with director-writer Josh Boone to discuss his influences, The Fault In Our Stars, and what it feels like to grow up.

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THE INQUISITR: How did Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly come around to the project?

JOSH BOONE: I still really can’t believe it. I was around the Fox lot the other day standing around, and I said, “How did I get here?” It’s still very unbelievable. I was just really lucky to get that cast. They’re incredible actors. I had no right to have them in my first movie [LAUGHS]. I could talk to them about my life. When an actor’s acting you want them to be vulnerable for you, but when I met them for the first time, I told them all of my personal stories and I was vulnerable with them. It made them more willingly to do that for me. The only reason why I could get this movie made is because it was autobiographical and I could actually say, I’m the best person to do this because it’s my life.

THE INQUISITR: Did you learn anything from working with your actors?

BOONE: Jennifer and Greg were so experienced and they were able to bring a lot to the table. In the original script Jennifer never came to the book party and had that face to face with Lily. She said “I love this role and I love these characters, but can I do something more with this character?” And now when you watch the movie you can’t imagine her not coming to the book party. They brought their feeling for what works and what doesn’t.

THE INQUISITR: Since this film is driven by passion of expressing oneself from an honest place, was there anything you wrote that felt too vulnerable or honest to include in the script?

BOONE: No I just tried to be really sincere when I wrote it. I love Cameron Crowe movies that are very earnest and heartfelt. It was the right theme for this, because Nat [Wolff] plays very much of who I was when I was in high school, and had a similar relationship I had with a girl. I based it a little bit on my parents divorce, and on my sister. I put a bunch of things together that happened to me that I was thinking about so I could make sense of them.

THE INQUISITR: Cameron Crowe focuses a lot on the music that frames the film. Were you thinking about that too?

BOONE: I worked at a record store for years. I’ve been obsessed with music, and listen to it all the time. I had written most of the songs that were in the movie, into the script. Bright Eyes was my favorite band so I went and tried to go get them to score the movie. Then I got a song from Justin Vernon. Everything just worked out. I got everything I could have wanted. I even got Stephen King in there.

Stuck In Love
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