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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

October 28, 2011 by staff 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Last year, Anton Yelchin, 21, and after his performance as Chekov in “Star Trek”, sat nervously in the bar of a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, waiting for a woman five years his senior. On a flight from London, his dining companion, British actress Felicity Jones, was also trying to quell the butterflies. “I remember thinking, ‘I just hope he is a good guy,’” he recalled.
The two were actually rendezvousing to see if I make a good couple – not only in real life. Yelchin and Jones had been offered the lead role in a romantic drama called “Like Crazy”, and had to learn – fast. Except for a hitch, he would spend the next few months together as a couple of young love bites. And they would without a script.

So how did they get through their awkward encounter?

“Three tequilas,” said Jones, laughing. Yelchin nodded, a smile on his face.

These provisional measures, first drunk soon became a thorough test session, an unconventional film shoot, now once unlikely in the Hollywood spotlight. He did much more than the studio system and 250,000 for a production company called Films and directed by crispy rudimentary film director largely unknown, Drake Doremus, 27, “Like Crazy” became an unexpected sensation in the Festival Sundance Film. Projections brought tears to the eyes of otherwise apathetic to the festival, the film won first prize at Sundance, and distributors was gaga for it. Paramount Pictures and the production company Indian Paintbrush offered the winning bid, taking an estimated million and 4 of the right to release it. Paramount is the opening of the film in Los Angeles and New York on Friday.

These hearings Utah may have been something. The big screen relationship stories range from the rupture of the heartbreaking film (“Blue Valentine”) with the fairy tale full of sap (“Valentine”). “Like Crazy” a subtle dig between the poles of great weight. A tone poem both as a conventional dialogue-driven piece, the film portrays the romance with meaningful glances and shy smiles rather than Hyper-verbal expressions of love. Even the tension is less in the form of argument as quiet depths of disagreement.

“When we were shooting in the first place, our first reaction was to talk as much as possible,” said Yelchin. “And then at the end of the process we realized that everything is silent.”

The plot of “Like Crazy” is simple. After meeting in an undergraduate English class, the literary mind Brit Anna (Jones) and the sweet of American furniture maker Jacob (Yelchin) embark on a tender romance that sends them to the moon. But after Anna impulsively decides to spend his visa expired the summer with his new love, she sinks into a legal morass that keeps pace with an ocean apart from most of the coming years. While trying to resolve the issue of visas, the tangle couple of emotionally charged issues, at first cling to their idealism, but eventually enter into relations with other people (played by Charlie Bewley and Jennifer Lawrence).

In real life, Yelchin and Jones are much more outgoing than emo characters they represent. In a conversation at the International Film Festival in Toronto last month and in separate interviews last week, she laughed a lot, and peppered his answers with jokes. The Russian-born, LA-raised Yelchin is used to the spotlight: He had flesh on the screen functions as a teenager, reaching fame in the 2006 Nick Cassavetes drama “Alpha Dog” and recently starred in major productions Hollywood and “Terminator Salvation”, “The Beaver” and, of course, aboard the USS enterprise. The London-based Jones has worked mostly in television and film across the pond, especially in period pieces like “Cheri” and “Brideshead Revisited”.

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