Ansel Elgort: "Young men are vulnerable... but scripts are getting more honest."
1st December 2014
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Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever, the young starts of Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children, talk social media, emotions and James Dean with The National Student Film Editor Barnaby Walter. Most famous for his role as teenage cancer patient Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars, Ansel Elgort’s current role – as high schooler Tim in Jason Reitman’s new and disturbing comment on today's hyper-connected society – again sees him in the depths of emotional crisis. In the film Ansel plays Tim, a once-popular football player who, after being abandoned by his mother leaving the team, finds himself isolated at home with his emotionally stunted father. Set against the backdrop of a number of other family-led stories, that of Tim and his father show the way that relationships can almost break when outside pressures are at play. Speaking to The National Student alongside co-star Kaitlyn Dever, who as Tim’s love interest Brandy has her own issues to deal with, Ansel spoke about how the emotion of young men in film is something that he feels is as coming back into the mainstream – and how it’s a change that he sees as essential. Watch the full interview here: Men, Women and Children is released in UK cinemas this Friday.