John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, took to his Tumblr to respond to fans who are not happy about the casting of actor Ansel Elgort for the role of Gus. An anonymous person wrote to Green expressing his disappointment over the choice of both Ansel and Shailene Woodley as the stars of The Fault in Our Stars film.
Green responded with a few points in the hope that fans disappointed with the choice might reconsider their feelings and wait to see how the actors take on the roles.
On Shailene Woodley he said:
“1. Shailene Woodley is a brilliant actress and Golden Globe nominee. I cannot think of any 18-year-old actress who has received the kind of critical acclaim that she has (she also won an Independent Spirit Award).
She auditioned for The Fault in Our Stars not because she needs the part (I mean, she’s in the new Spider Man movie, for God’s sakes) 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.)“
John Green then pointed out that he is “not particularly concerned with physical looks; Hollywood can fix that stuff.” But rather that he is more concerned with the actors in question embodying the character in temperament and experience.
On Ansel Elgort:
“2. Ansel Elgort is also a huge fan of TFiOS (it is, in fact, his favorite book). He was a high school basketball player who also happens to be a very intellectual guy. Most importantly, when he auditioned, he became Augustus. Watching him audition with Shailene, he was just Gus and she was just Hazel. He understood Gus, and clearly had a very deep and thoughtful relationship with the book. Honestly, I’m a bit confused as to how you can dislike an actor whose work you have definitionally never seen, since his first movie isn’t out yet.”
And as Green states in his Tumblr, he was not directly responsible for the casting of the movie, despite having a say in the choices, the final decision was down to the director.
You can read the rest of what John Green said on his blog here.