Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Romance with Edge; Channing Shows Full Actor's Range as a Soldier and Son in Love

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Romance with Edge; Channing Shows Full Actor's Range as a Soldier and Son in Love

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THE screen version of Dear John found its asparka when producer Marty Bowen was given the manuscript of bestselling author Nicholas Sparks' novel before it was even published.

"I found myself completely touched by it," Bowen said.

"Sparks has a way of writing that allows you to get lost in this world, these characters, and the beautiful Carolina environment he paints. And there were certain twists in the story that I just wasn't expecting.

"When I finished the book, my biggest concern was I just didn't feel like there was anybody actor-wise who'd really be able to pull off this a[approximately]perfect guy' a part-masculine soldier, willing to do whatever he has to do for his country, and then also this softer somebody who can fall in love with a girl completely and possibly be heartbroken by the experience."

Then Bowen thought of Channing Tatum.

"I had seen Channing in several films, including A Guide to Recognising Your Saints and Step Up," he said. …

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