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by mumtaj begum
Rachel McAdams (in a scene from 'Passion') has starred in numerous romantic films.
Rachel McAdams is fast establishing herself as the rom-com queen.
THE idea for About Time came when director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill and Love, Actually) had a conversation with a friend on what they would do if they only had 24 hours to live. Curtis’ answer was simple – a normal day at home with the family, doing normal everyday things. Having reached this conclusion, Curtis was interested to incorporate it into his next movie. Hence, About Time is a romantic comedy with a time-travel element, and it features a lot of family dynamics.
It was this very subject that attracted Rachel McAdams to the project, apart from the fact that she is a huge fan of Curtis’ films. In an interview transcript provided by United International Pictures, McAdams said: “Curtis reminds us to really enjoy and celebrate the best things in life which are sometimes hard to find and easy to overlook.
"And I felt that this film celebrated the small things in life, which are actually the biggest, most important things. It’s about appreciating the people around you, the people you love, your family and friends. And it’s about enjoying, and appreciating, the moment.”
About Time revolves around Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) who finds out that the men in his family have the ability to travel through time. This 21-year-old then decides to use this ability to get a girlfriend. Well, he discovers through many trials and tribulations that love, actually, doesn’t work that way.
This is especially true when Tim falls for Mary (McAdams), an insecure woman. Wanting to make his courtship absolutely perfect, Tim goes back in time whenever something goes wrong. But with any time-travel adventure, there is always repercussion – in one instance, Tim doesn’t even meet the love of his life.
Describing her character as a little bit quirky and unsure of herself, McAdams said: “I love Mary. She’s not a straight up ingénue. Part of the story is about how she gets together with Tim and how they become more sure of each other ... They bring out the best in each other. They are definitely meant to be together but it just takes a while to work it all out, even with the help of Tim’s ability to travel back in time.”
The 34-year-old actress from Canada is no stranger to romantic films – one of her first breakthrough role was in 2004 film, The Notebook, opposite Ryan Gosling. Since then she has apeared as the love interest in Wedding Crashers, Sherlock Holmes, Morning Glory, Midnight In Paris and The Vow. She has done one other film involving love and time-travel in The Time Traveler’s Wife, opposite Eric Bana.
Even with all these films in her resume, she still found the experience of working on About Time a little different especially with Curtis’ approach the film set.
“He does these family ensembles and everyone plays such a vital part in that unit and you can’t live without each other. There are so many great actors in this film who contribute to that family dynamic. In fact, even the friends feel like family and that’s what it’s like working on a Richard Curtis film – you feel like you are part of his family.
"You are definitely brought into the inner circle and you are there to stay and everyone is valued and appreciated and treated incredibly well. So I feel like this is a real reflection of what Richard radiates out into the world. He is such a lovely man.”
“Richard’s daughter had baked a couple of hundred scones the night before. Believe me, they really go the distance and make it very special. I felt very spoilt and very loved.”
Even the English weather cooperated during the shoot – the sun shone constantly, even when the scene required rain, the sun was shining.
“It’s funny because in the film you’ll see that when we have the wedding (in England) it rains so hard it’s like a monsoon. And we were expecting to have that volatile British weather with dark skies and rain at least one day a week while we were there. But there was nothing – not a drop of rain. I thought I was in Italy! It was just gorgeous – in fact it was so gorgeous it was hard for us all to actually go to work because we felt like we were in some kind of paradise.
“So when we shot the wedding scene – where it’s meant to be pouring with rain – we had to put flags on the side of the buildings to cut out the light and make it darker and then we had rain machines and fire hoses that dumped water on everyone and everything. And actually, it was great because it was so hot and no one was bothered being drenched by the rain machines. It was so much fun and it worked out really well. It was just beautiful.”
*About Time opens in cinemas nationwide tomorrow.
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