In the past few years, actor Channing Tatum has risen from a relatively unknown green-eyed hunk in Step Up to one lucky man who's worked with Steven Soderbergh, Michael Mann and even the directors behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Needless to say, the acting gods are certainly shining down on the hip actor. Now he gleams once more on the big screen in yet another romantic drama, and not of the Nicholas Sparks variety. We're referring to The Vow, the latest uplifting and possibly tear-inducing film from Screen Gems.
Tatum plays the role of Leo, a young man thriving in the record business and in love with his equally creative wife, Paige (Rachel McAdams). Fate has a different agenda for the two as they fall victim to a shocking car accident that leaves his wife with a unique case of amnesia where she can remember every part of her life except for the section that includes their relationship together.
The most amazing part of the The Vow is that it's based on a true story of a couple who went through the same amnesia-triggered obstacles. At times, the actors who are playing the real-life characters will meet those prior to filming just to get a sense of who they are in person, but Tatum didn't even want to expose himself to even the novelization just yet. "Leo was very different and I wanted to experience Leo in this different situation. I didn't want to have these experiences and these stories from the real couple. It's very rare that you do that as an actor, you kind of go into it with a very raw viewpoint in a way," explained Tatum at the film's LA press day.
That doesn't mean Tatum wasn't opposed to meeting them when they visited the set. "We did get to meet them and they're one of the most lovely couples that I'll ever come across. I was nervous to get out and meet this guy because, from what we've learned, their story is very different from our characters in the movie" - which we'll refrain from spoiling for you all.
Now a question arises, and that's how a relationship can still manage to work despite the clear obstacles blocking it? It is possible to overcome it all with time and patience. "I don't think people take enough time to get to know each other on a lot of different levels. I did. I took basically five years to get to know my wife. It's such a culture about the right now... these [phones] are made for communication and I just feel like they bring each other farther and farther away," said Tatum.
But it isn't impossible for the relationship to still float above water. More than anything else, the biggest factor that keeps Leo's character striving to keep Paige in the picture is love, which easily is one of the strongest feelings in the world. "The early part of their life wasn't erased so they get to start again from a different place, and that's sort of love. If you really believe in the greater love, if you let it take its course, it hopefully will find its place again. That's what I believe in."
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The Vow is rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language and will be out in theaters nationwide on February 10, 2012.
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