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One moment can change your life – you can be ‘The Lucky One’. You can win a trip for two to the Red Carpet Premiere Screening of the movie, The Lucky One – starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling.
Yes, that’s right – a trip for two to Los Angeles, CA. To enter, simply go to our Facebook Fan page, like us, enter your name, email address and upload a photo of the person, pet or thing you consider to be your lucky charm.
Based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestseller The Lucky One, Zac Efron stars alongside Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner in this romantic drama directed by Academy Award® nominated writer/director Scott Hicks. The film will be released in theaters April 20th and is rated PG-13.
U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive—a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.
MTV: First up for you this year is “The Lucky One,” co-starring Zac Efron. Let’s cut to the obvious question: Is kissing Zac as amazing as one might imagine?
Schilling: Oh my gosh. I’m not going to let you down. It’s not a bad way to make a paycheck.
MTV: My favorite Nicholas Sparks movie motif is the rain-drenched makeout scene. From the trailer, it appears you and Zac share a steamy smooch under a showerhead, which is a bit of a twist. What I’m wondering, technically speaking, is if there’s any special choreography to ensure you don’t drown with all that water falling on you?
Schilling: [Laughs] No, there didn’t seem to be a problem.
MTV: So you’ve got both Ben Affleck and Zac Efron as leading men this year. How are you going to top that? Is Brad Pitt next?
Schilling: I don’t know. I don’t know where it goes from here. Brad Pitt, bring it.
Check out the official movie poster for WB’s upcoming film The Lucky Onein the gallery (thanks EHSWildcats). The film, starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner hits US theaters on April 20, 2012. Are you excited to see The Lucky One?
Realism isn’t often a staple of romance cinema – films like The Notebook and A Walk to Remember seem to encourage a suspension of disbelief, rather than a concerted engagement with the real world. But forthcoming feature The Lucky One has endeavoured to subvert this genre convention. The latest in a long line of Nicholas Sparks adaptations (which include the aforementioned, as well as Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song), the film focuses on a US Marine Sergeant (Zac Efron) who returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, determined to find the woman whose photograph has become his good luck charm.
In preparation for the film, Australian director Scott Hicks – whose notable credits include Shine and No Reservations – immersed himself in the stories of returned US servicemen. “When I started working on the film, I took Zac down to Camp Pendleton – which is a huge military base in California – and we hung out with a group of Marines who are his age, who really had the experience of the character in the story,” he says. The experience at Camp Pendleton was especially valuable for Efron – whose previous roles haven’t required a great deal of emotional depth.
“It really helped Zac,” Hicks says. “But it was quite difficult, because you are not of [the soldiers'] world. And they’re not sure what your attitude is. So, consequently, they’re not quick to communicate with you. And while Efron might seem like an odd choice for a Marine – “he was concerned that his stature wasn’t going to be right,” Hicks reveals – Nicholas Sparks claims that the actor’s appearance and age only serve to further ground the film in reality.
“When most people think of war movies and the Marines, they conjure up Saving Private Ryan – these are people in their thirties,” the author says. “It’s not like that anymore – we don’t have the draft. 95 percent of people who join the military do so right after high school. These guys are 18 years old; 19, 20, 21. So when you see ‘em – they’re kids. It blows you away. I think Zac is 24? He’s old!” Sparks laughs. “Actually, he’s probably the most realistic portrayal of a soldier that we’ve seen.”