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Nat Wolff On 'The Fault In Our Stars,' Ansel Elgort, John Green

06/11/2014

Nat Wolff plays Isaac in The Fault In Our Stars, a blind teenager who is best friends with Augustus and befriends Hazel through him. He lost his vision due to eye cancer, and his blindness posed an acting challenge for Wolff. To prepare for the role, he spent a lot of time simulating daily without his sense of vision, “You know I would wear glasses and close my eyes sometimes, or I would put eye patches on that would kind of mess with my balance,” Wolff told uInterview in an exclusive video interview.

He worked closely with author John Green, who offered his insight on how Isaac should be portrayed on screen in order to avoid making him appear as a lesser character. "I wanted to make sure he came across this way in the movie was not at the butt of the joke," Wolff told uInterview. "I wanted him to just be a funny guy, you know a funny person.” Isaac gives us a sense of comic relief to a film that is otherwise heartbreaking, “I mean it was just a lot of sobbing. A lot of, you know it’s amazing, it’s amazing that this small story that’s just about 4 or 5 people, you know, is getting this much attention on this big stage,” he said.

Wolff is best known for his work in the teen TV show The Naked Brothers Band which co-stars his brother Alex Wolff.

Your characterâÂÂs cancer costs him his vision. How did you prepare for and shoot those scenes? 
Q: Your character’s cancer costs him his vision. How did you prepare for and shoot those scenes? - Uinterview
A: Well, I wanted to, you know, I met with a real blind guy named Ethan, who really helped me out technically and emotionally. And then I also would walk around the streets, with my mom who got me around sometimes. You know I would wear glasses and close my eyes sometimes, or I would put eye patches on that would kind of mess with my balance. And I would just do all of my daily routines so I was kind of used to being blind. And then when I actually did the movie I would wear blinding contacts so I didn’t need to fake it at all. You know I really was blind in those scenes I couldn’t see anything while I did those scenes.
Was there anything about your character, Isaac, that wasn’t in the book that you asked author John Green to help you with?
Q: Was there anything about your character, Isaac, that wasn’t in the book that you asked author John Green to help you with? - Uinterview
A: Yeah, I think, I liked when John Green and I talked a lot about how you know Isaac, I wanted Isaac to be you know how I thought he was in the book. And I wanted to make sure he came across this way in the movie was not at the butt of the joke, I wanted him to just be a funny guy, you know a funny person. And I think Jon Green liked that idea that he wasn’t some bumbling blind guy that everyone was making fun of, that he had dignity, but he would just dealt with his pain by using humor…and laughter.
The book has a very passionate fan base. Have you watched the movie with fans? 

Q: The book has a very passionate fan base. Have you watched the movie with fans? - Uinterview
A: I mean it was just a lot of sobbing. A lot of, you know it’s amazing, it’s amazing that this small story that’s just about 4 or 5 people, you know, is getting this much attention on this big stage. It’s a great testament to John’s writing, and it’s a good, I think it’s good for the future of movies. You know, that hopefully movies do go in this direction. There is no car chase, there’s no, nobody turns into zombies, it’s just people.
Your character is best friends with Augustus, played by Ansel Elgort, did you guys bond off set?
Q: Your character is best friends with Augustus, played by Ansel Elgort, did you guys bond off set? - Uinterview
A: Totally! We lived right next to each other, Ansel is an EDM producer and I am in a rock band with my brother, so we would play each other music all the time. We lived in apartments right next to each other, and I would spend all the time in his apartment cause mine was really messy, his was really clean, because he’s lame and I’m cool!
You are attached to a star in the adaptation of another John Green novel, ‘Paper Towns.’ What is it about Green’s writing that speaks to you? 
Q: You are attached to a star in the adaptation of another John Green novel, ‘Paper Towns.’ What is it about Green’s writing that speaks to you? - Uinterview
A: I just think that he’s got, you know, he’s got the voices of the teenagers down, I mean he writes really interesting stories that don’t that somehow stay, stay, in the realm of possibility. You know, and his characters are really good. You know this next movie 'Paper Towns.' which we are going to make, you know, is such a soulful character and it’s about, you know, it’s this kind of mystery romance. It’s really beautiful, I’m so, I’m just so excited to work with those people again too.

Read more: Nat Wolff, The Fault In Our Stars, Ansel Elgort, John Green

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