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CHAOS THEORY

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"This movie has a lot of twists and turns, but at the same time it is really very simple,” says director Marcos Siega. "It's a story about love and forgiveness. I believe that if you truly love someone, you'll forgive them almost anything, but usually not without some trials and tribulations. What's the saying? ‘That which does not kill us only makes us stronger.' That is certainly the case with some of our characters.”

As often happens, the story of "Chaos Theory” was inspired by true life events in the life of screenwriter Daniel Taplitz. He confides, "There was a point in my life when I was diagnosed with cancer. I didn't necessarily want to write about that, but I was interested in writing about what somebody does when they're metaphorically pushed off a cliff both physically and emotionally⎯how one piece of information can potentially change their life and how they might have to reconstruct that life.”

Taplitz continues, "The story is told from the perspective of Frank, who starts out in total control of his life, which is very ordered and meticulously planned out. But he could never have planned for the emotional crisis that hits him and that, in turn, leads him to start living his life randomly and by whim. But those choices have even greater repercussions.”

Producer Frederic Golchan, who first bought the rights to the screenplay, relates that the central themes of the story are what drew him to the script. "I thought it was such an original story told with heart and humor, and I loved the ‘voice' of the script. I also thought it was about something very meaningful—love and commitment. I think there are two kinds of love. There is the kind you give freely and unconditionally, like the love of a parent for a child, the love Frank has for his daughter, Jesse. And there is the kind of love you have to work on, which is more like the love between Frank and his wife. But if you truly care about each other, it will work out in the end and be even more rewarding. I think Frank is trying to give his prospective son-in-law, Ed, a better understanding of the commitment he is getting into, although at first you're not quite sure what his motives are.”

Golchan recalls that when he met Marcos Siega, he knew he had found the right director, starting with their shared belief in the project. "Marcos had incredible passion for this film. He also has a specific style and a very strong sense of aesthetics, which I appreciated. He knows what he wants and how to shoot it, so he works very, very quickly.”

With the director set, the next order of business on "Chaos Theory” was casting, beginning with the man at the center of the story, Frank Allen, an efficiency expert who lives to plan rather than plans to live. But Frank could never have planned for the detour his life was about to take.

Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the role of Frank, says he leapt at the opportunity to portray someone whose life is unraveling before his eyes. "Playing this kind of character—a person who's vulnerable, a control freak whose life disassembles in a way he can't control—really appealed to me. A lot of people look for some kind of order in their life, some sort of way to keep it all together. They have these maladaptive coping mechanisms, which, in Frank's case, is writing everything down. In a way it's like Frank placed all these emotional scaffolds around himself. He believes that unless he keeps things in a very organized and ordered way, he's going to lose himself. I think what he discovers is that you just can't avoid chaos, life is going to throw you curveballs no matter what you do and no matter who you are.”

They say opposites attract, and that would certainly be the case with Frank and his wife, Susan. Susan, who would rather live life as it comes, has grown frustrated by her husband's seemin

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