What is a guy to do when he doesn’t believe in romance, yet his grandmother wants to take him on a road trip to find her long-lost love? Well, in “Letters to Juliet,” Christopher Egan’s Charlie goes along with it, lets down his walls and eventually realizes that love isn’t as scary as he thinks it is.
While Charlie is a Debbie Downer about love through most of the flick, Egan is anything but that guy in real life. “[I'm] more like Sophie,” he told MTV News, alluding to Amanda Seyfried’s upbeat character in the flick, opening Friday. “I’m pretty opposite to Charlie, which is why I had so much playing him too. To bring that jerk out and to be so nasty like that is fun.”
In the film, Sophie answers a fifty-year-old letter a woman named Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) wrote to Juliet and stuck in a wall where the lovesick appeal to Shakespeare’s tragic character for help. Claire and her grandson Charlie soon fly to Verona and take Sophie along on a road trip to look for the man Claire lost touch with so many decades earlier.
As it turns out, Egan had some experience in the Italian road-trip department. “I’ve done a road trip across Italy with a girlfriend, and that was very romantic,” he revealed. “I think that road trips are probably one of the romantic things you can do. To take your girlfriend and just stay wherever; don’t have a destination and just drive and see where the road takes you is pretty cool.”
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