There are some movies whose plots are too far-fetched to be true, but the romantic drama “The Vow” is based on the real-life story of a married couple whose relationship is put to the test when they get in a car accident, and the wife wakes up from a coma with no memory of her husband. The husband must then court his wife all over again, but it is a struggle because she constantly thinks of him as a stranger.
Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams play the spouses in “The Vow,” which is inspired by the true story of a New Mexico couple named Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. In the movie, the spouses’ names are Leo (owner of a recording studio) and Paige (an artist who sculpts and paints). Tatum and McAdams talked about what it was like to make “The Vow.”
How would you describe the relationship between Leo and Paige?
Tatum: Not only do I think they make each other intensely happy, and they love everything about each other, but I think they really pushed each other to grow — especially Paige. She was at a part in her life that when she met Leo, she was going through kind of a rebirth, in a way. And Leo was looking for someone to start a life with, to start his adult life with. He found his soul mate, in a way. And when you do that, it really does take you to the next level, because they challenge you to be a better person, whatever you’re doing — if you’re an artist or if you’re a lawyer, whatever it is — the person that you’re with should make you want to grow.
Channing, what was it like working with Rachel McAdams?
Tatum: We joke that she has a curse of making any line work. The movie’s got some lines in it. It’s a Hollywood sort of thing. We’ve got some serious, big lines in the movie that are hard to pull off sometimes, but she just does. She has this uncanny ability to make anything sound real and amazing, because she really commits and believes in it. And I’m in awe of her.
Rachel, what was it like working with Channing Tatum?
McAdams: He’s the perfect guy for this role because he’s so chivalrous and he’s such a man of is word. He’s a real renaissance man in that way. He’s a real gentleman. He added such little touches to Leo. He’d always offer his hand to me when he was getting out of the car. And he has such nice manners. So he really plays that heroic type that is just going to do anything to win back his wife’s heart. And I think that’s very much who Channing is. He’s a very heroic kind of guy.
Why should people see “The Vow”?
McAdams: I think it’s a great story. The bottom line, the fact that it happened. And this woman goes through this trauma, she finds her way out of this darkness, and he’s there every step of the way. And it’s not straightforward. They have major bumps along the way. And it seems like the odds are completely against them. I think that’s really inspiring. And it’s a great premise for a movie. And it really happened. I just think it’s a really cool idea.
For more info: “The Vow” website
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