The Fault in Our Stars

One sick love story.

Shailene as: Hazel Grace Lancaster
Genre: Drama
Director: Josh Boone
Other Cast: Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Production Budget: $12m
Total Worldwide Gross:
Filming Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Facts and Trivia

Hailee Steinfeld and Liana Liberato were also considered for the role of Hazel.

Brenton Thwaites, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Nick Robinson and Noah Silver were all considered for the role of Augustus. It ultimately went to Asnel Elgort, whose casting was announced in May 2013.

Production Info

Two weeks prior to filming, Shailene cut her hair to prepare for the role of Hazel. Through the Hair For Hazel initiative, non-profit organization Children With Hair Loss received hair donations from men and women of all ages to help children suffering from medically-related hair loss.

Production began in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on August 26, 2013 and ran through October 10. The Amsterdam scenes were filmed between October 14 and October 16, when the film was officially wrapped.

Character Quotes

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Quoting: Shailene

It’s such an important movie: It’s a big studio movie where their lead female has a cannula [oxygen tube] in, in every scene, and on the f—in’ poster my face has no makeup on it and an oxygen tube. That is groundbreaking and it’s completely rewriting the paradigm for how female leads exist. I saw [Fox chairman and chief executive] Jim Gianopolus, and I said, ‘Thank you so much for having the guts and the balls to make a movie like this, to put out a movie like this.’ People making indie movies don’t even make movies like this. It’s so cool.
– On the film’s themes and messages

My absolute favorite is, ‘I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
– On her favorite line from the film

It changed my life and I realized, after the book, two things. One, I was incredibly depressed that Augustus Waters did not exist in real life, and two, I found myself totally perplexed and completely moved by the fact that one of my new greatest role models was a fictional character, Hazel.
– On John Green’s novel

There is one scene in the book where Gus goes to a gas station, and he tries to buy a pack of cigarettes because it’s the only way he can assert his own independence after becoming very sick. He did that scene so much justice, and he brought his all. It was midnight when we filmed it, and he just sat there and lost it for hours. I was just sort of in awe.
– On working with Ansel Elgort

Quoting: Cast and Crew

She auditioned for The Fault in Our Stars not because she needs the part but because she loves the book. Her depth of understanding were immediately obvious in the audition and for me there could be no one else to play Hazel. There were a bunch of really good auditions, but Shailene just understood Hazel as I imagined her. I am not particularly concerned with physical looks; Hollywood can fix that stuff. I’m concerned with whether she can embody the voice and experience and life of Hazel. She can.
– Director Josh Boone

Critical Response

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Awards and Nominations

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