The big screen adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars” contains several iconic moments, not the least of which is a romantic dinner at Oranjee in Amsterdam. As the Huffington Post pointed out, however, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) dined outside in the book but sat inside the restaurant during the movie.
Actor Jean Brassard enhances that scene even more as the charming waiter who adds the right touches to their romantic dinner.
“[The audience] is looking forward to them falling in love, declaring their love. The setting of the restaurant is beautiful; there is something magical about that moment,” Brassard said when reached by phone for a one-on-one interview.
Brassard pointed out that his role was a cameo, so he only spent a small amount of time on the set. He had moved forward to his next part before hearing a lot of buzz about the film. And then he started seeing himself in the trailers.
“Everything about it was so wonderful to be able to take on: I felt like I was the guardian of the lines. I was the guardian of the two youngsters who came to my table. There was something very precious about it,” he said.
As soon as he got on set, the actor also told the screenwriters that they wrote the best lines ever for a waiter in a movie: “It makes sense that the line ‘We have bottled all the stars for you this evening, my young friends’ strikes not only to the core of the title but also the story, the spine of the movie. It says just how special these guys are. I loved that I got to be that character.
Brassard explained that he wasn’t really aware of author John Green and his book before he got involved with the movie: “John writes very much for the young adults, the younger people. And that’s not who I am. I was brought in by my manager to do this audition, and I got to read the script. I didn’t get to read the book first; I got to read the script.”
The actor admitted that he was very curious at first, because this is an emotional movie. “It could get really sappy, I thought. Or hammed up. But it could be a really beautiful and moving story. I am really happy that’s how it ended up being under Josh Boone’s direction,” he said.
Brassard also has high praise for Shailene Woodley, who he says is the same off-screen as she appears in “The Fault in Our Stars. “It almost looks like she is relaxed, aloof, and cool and all of that, which she is. But at the same time, she is focused. She can really just get into the scene. And she doesn’t push, ever. How did she figure that out?” he enthused.