10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘A Walk To Remember’

  
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By now quite a few Nicholas Sparks novels have been adapted into huge money-making films, and one of the most successful and beloved has been 2002’s A Walk to Remember. Despite the time that has passed since its release, it remains one of the most iconic romantic films of the decade and is continuously watched and re-watched by fans all these years later. On the movie’s 15th anniversary, the cast and crew once again opened up about their time working on the film and remaining close, so take a look back on the fantastic movie with these 10 things you didn’t know about A Walk to Remember.

10. Casting

It isn’t often that directors cast two relatively unknown stars for the lead roles, but in this case director Adam Shankman knew exactly what he was looking for and exactly what he was doing when he expertly cast Shane West and Mandy Moore. “I wanted young actors with whom teenagers could connect,” he explained and immediately wanted to meet with West after seeing him in a magazine. He said he wanted someone who could go from “very dark” to “very light” and had “an instinct” about the actor. West said although he didn’t “generally read love stories” he became attracted to the story and the character of Landon. As for casting Moore, Shankman said, “she has the voice and the face of an angel,” and Moore who had received the book from her mother years before was instantly interested in the role. West had only had two auditions, the second being with Moore, and they knew right away they had their leads.

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9. Nicholas Sparks’ Sister

The heartbreaking story was enough to pull at audience’s heartstrings and emotions, but what makes it even more tragic is the inspiration for the novel was Nicholas Sparks’ own sister Danielle Sparks Lewis. Danielle died in 2000 from cancer and Sparks has said, “In many ways, Jamie Sullivan was my youngest sister.” The plot was inspired by Danielle’s life as she had met a man who wanted to marry her “even when he knew she was sick, even when he knew she might not make it,” Sparks explained.

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