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'The Fault in Our Stars' gets Internet buzz for 'cigarette as a metaphor' scene

On April 13, 2014, the 20th Century Fox released a film clip from "The Fault in Our Stars." After the clip premiered, "The Fault in Our Stars" became a Top 10 trending topic on Google.

Ansel Elgort in "The Fault in Our Stars"
20th Century Fox

Here is 20th Century Fox's description of the movie: "Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. 'The Fault in Our Stars,' based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love."

"The Fault in Our Stars" (directed by Josh Boone and written by Scott Neustadter) opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on June 6, 2014. The movie also stars Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.

In the "The Fault in Our Stars" film clip, Hazel is offended when it appears that Gus is about to smoke a cigarette. Instead, he tells her that the cigarette is a metaphor of facing fears of something that can kill you.

Woodley and Elgort play siblings Beatrice "Tris" Prior and Caleb Prior in Summit Entertainment's "Divergent," another movie released in 2014.

In a March 2014 interview with Time, Woodley stated what she likes about her Hazel character in "The Fault in Our Stars": “There were so many things! The fact that Hazel at such a young age realizes that all of this is fleeting and that none of it matters.

"That it doesn’t matter how big of a mark you leave on the world or how many great things you do, or if you change the world or if you’re Martin Luther King Jr. or Cleopatra or homeboy down the street. Eventually it’s all going to end, and oblivion is inevitable. So you might as well enjoy every moment and live every moment in a present state of mind. The fact that she understood that at such a young age was so powerful to me.”

Elgort commented on co-starring with Woodley in different movies: “When you’re there and you’re Caleb, you have to be Caleb. I hadn’t thought about Augustus Waters yet. And then when you change characters, you change the way you look, you change the way you feel. Everything changes. You almost start to think that Shailene is two different people in the projects. You meld with your character a little bit, naturally. You start to pick up those tendencies a little bit.”

Here is a sampling of Internet comments about "The Fault in Our Stars" clip from 20th Century Fox's official YouTube channel:

"Shailene and Ansel are just perfect as Hazel and Gus, I couldn't imagine any other actors playing them."

"Oh my god this is so perfect I can't imagine how great the rest of the movie will be asdfghjkl."

"God forgive me for ever saying that Ansel was not made for this movie. He absolutely was."

"I was so confused at first. Wow. Thats all I have to say."



"Maybe I was wrong. Ansel is becoming more and more the Gus I want him to be."

"This is perfect."

"I just can not believe how great this is going to be. The jumps are a bit awkward but I'm assuming it's because they had to cup the clip down. Other then that, PERFECT. Ansel's face when she said "you just ruined this whole thing" was just how I imagined."

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