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NIGHTS IN RODANTHE

Gere And Lane Together Again
"Nights in Rodanthe” marks the third screen pairing of Richard Gere and Diane Lane. The two first met playing reckless lovers 24 years ago in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club,” and more recently portrayed a couple whose faltering marriage still radiates heat in the memorable 2002 drama "Unfaithful.”

Remarking on their palpable onscreen chemistry, Gere and Lane slip into an easy banter that proves the point even as they laugh about it. Lane cites the example of actors with sizzling real-life chemistry whose romantic scenes can fall inexplicably flat on film, before joking, "Richard and I have the opposite situation. We feel absolutely nothing standing next to each other…” at which point Gere jumps in to corroborate, "I mean nothing. Less than nothing. Yet, when you see it on screen it's all there. It's a miracle.” In truth, he goes on to say, "Our friendship has evolved over the years into a great sense of trust. I love working with her.”

Gere also believes that the differences between who they were in their "Cotton Club” days, both as actors and as individuals, and who they have since become, is appropriate to the kind of relationship that develops between Paul and Adrienne. "What was important to me in taking on this role, and Diane too, I believe, was that it wasn't a story about kids who are goo-goo-eyed about each other from the moment they meet. It's not that kind of movie. There are scenes in which they barely look at each other, but there is a powerful and deepening understanding at work and you can feel it evolve in front of you.”

Adds Lane, "What you potentially bring to a relationship at this stage is often so much more than what you had to offer at eighteen. You have more insight, more personality and more appreciation of things—and of each other.”

As all of these elements come together in the growing rapport between Paul and Adrienne, two people caught by a storm in the Outer Banks, "It never feels as though we are watching two actors. Rather, it's as if we're just watching two human beings experiencing life,” notes Wolfe.

Just as there is always a chance to fall in love and to find your purpose, there is always a chance to learn, to do things better and to make things right with the people in our lives. Beyond Paul and Adrienne are other key players in this drama, who support or challenge them in ways that help bring them to this juncture.

It is Torrelson's tragedy that precipitates Paul's journey to the Outer Banks and, subsequently, the opportunity for some serious soul-searching. It is Jack, Adrienne's conflicted husband, who creates the crisis that sets her adrift. And it is Jean whose decision to entrust the inn to Adrienne this fateful weekend provides the perfect setting for storms to break and love to take hold.

Paul's situation with Torrelson occurs almost simultaneously with the dissolution of his marriage and the deepening estrangement with his son, but, of the three, it's the one problem that appears to have the simplest solution. Wolfe explains, "Paul is focused on his career crisis. A patient has died and her husband has filed a wrongful death suit. As is frequently the case with very focused, driven and accomplished people like Paul, he is not necessarily skilled at processing failure, loss or disappointment. He's good at fixing things. He likes to leap over the complications and get to the result. So he has come to Rodanthe to fix this.”

Scott Glenn, who plays the grieving widower, says, "What Paul fails to understand is that Torrelson isn't interested in money. It's not about the lawsuit; he wants an apology. He wants to make sure that this person he loved, who died, was not just another number, that she was important and precious. The point, for him, is to get this doctor's attention and hear him acknowledge that he screwed<

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