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Death And Life Of Charlie St. Cloud, The

by Ben Sherwood
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publishing date: 06/08/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780330519663
  • ISBN: 0330519662


Questions for Ben Sherwood About Charlie St. Cloud

Q: Did you always imagine your book becoming a movie?
A: In a I quit a great job at NBC News in New York to write this book. It was a risky career move. I wish I could say the road was easy, but it wasn’t. There were major creative challenges and serious professional setbacks. Indeed, the route from blank page to the finished book might well be described as a near-death publishing experience. Perhaps that’s why I never really imagined this book becoming a movie. Indeed, the very idea of a film adaptation seemed farfetched. As one of my close friends always said: "I’ll believe Charlie St. Cloud is a movie when I’m sitting in the theater and eating popcorn."

Q: How involved were you with the movie and did you write the screenplay?
A: The producers and studio were generous to include me at many stages of the process but I wasn’t involved with the movie or screenplay. I was fortunate to visit the production twice, once on location in a cemetery and another time on a soundstage in Vancouver. Each time, I relished how filmmakers turned some of the book’s tiniest details into movie reality. For instance, Major League Baseball sent three small Red Sox mitts for Sam to use when he played catch with Charlie. I watched an assistant prop master carry a brand-new red mitt around all day, rubbing it constantly to give it a well-worn appearance.

On another occasion, the director showed me the closing shot of the film. Today, words still fail to describe the exhilarating experience of seeing Charlie and Tess literally sailing into the sunset. Seven years earlier, in the quiet of my little writing room, I had imagined these two young people on a boat aimed at the open ocean. Suddenly, they were on the screen, leaning into each other with wind tousling their hair and sails, steering a Gryphon Solo, one of the world’s fastest fifty-foot sailboats, filmed by a camera mounted on a helicopter hovering above.

Q: How does it feel to see your book turned into a movie?
A: Quite simply, I’m filled with gratitude. To create the movie version of Charlie St. Cloud, it took 28 actors, 34 stunt people, and some 250 crew. When I visited the set in Vancouver, I tried my best to thank every single one, including the wrangler responsible for a noisy flock of geese, the messy bane of Charlie’s existence.

When I called my wife in Los Angeles, she asked, "How does it feel?" I thought for a moment. Then I answered: "I want to hug every person I meet."

Q: Did you imagine Zac Efron as Charlie St. Cloud?
A: In candor, I never imagined Zac Efron in the role of Charlie. Wrecked by loss and grief, Charlie was a character who had wasted many years of his precious life. I always imagined Charlie as much older and much sadder. Thank goodness I’m not a movie producer.

I salute the studio and producers for realizing that Efron was a perfect choice. Young, dynamic, and charismatic, he embodies the promise of Charlie St. Cloud without the burden and loss. With Efron’s vibrant presence and performance, a sometimes weighty story feels more hopeful and uplifting. As I told Efron when we met in the cemetery in Vancouver, I’m delighted and very thankful that he took the part and filled it with vitality.

Q: How do you feel about the movie being made in Vancouver, Canada instead of Marblehead, Massachussetts, where the novel takes place?
A: I love Marblehead and the people of the town. While researching the book, I traveled to Marblehead several times to walk among the tombstones in Waterside Cemetery, eat breakfast with fishermen at the Driftwood before dawn, drink beers with 'Headers at Maddie's, and compete in my first and only sailboat race.

Vancouver is a country away from the wonderful town where I situated the story. But a movie adaptation isn't supposed to be a literal translation of a book. It's an interpretation. While I sincerely hoped that the film would be made in Massachusetts--and while the filmmakers tried their best too--I understood the financial decision to pick Canada, where production costs are significantly lower.

Given this choice, the filmmakers did a great job transplanting Charlie and Sam's story to the Pacific Northwest, which looks absolutely spectacular on film.

Q: Your writing seems to focus on questions of life and death. Why?
A: Maybe it's my age or life experience but I've spent a lot of time thinking about how we overcome grief and loss and make the most of our time on earth. These are subjects that have come to occupy my recent work. Over the last few years, I wrote a nonfiction book called The Survivors Club, exploring the secrets and science of the world’s most effective survivors and thrivers. Interviewing survivors around the world, I discovered even more proof that love is a powerful and universal survival tool. In my own life, falling in love with my future wife, Karen, helped unlock the stranglehold of my father’s sudden and untimely death 17 years ago. (That’s why I dedicated the book to both of them.) In Charlie's case, discovering Tess helped him break free of the cemetery and the suffocating grip of grief.

Q: You have two young sons. What do you hope they take away from this book some day?
A: When I was leaving the movie set in Vancouver to fly home to Los Angeles, one of the producers generously asked if I wanted a souvenir from the production. I asked for one of Sam’s red mitts from Major League Baseball. Our two young boys can play catch with it. Then some day when they outgrow it, the glove can sit in my office, a reminder of the power of brotherly love and what happens when you take risks, seize life, and set your imagination free.

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  • amazing
    From Amazon

    i thought that this book was an amzing one. it has adventure, romance, and i think it was written with every detail explained in its own way. it makes things that you wouldn't believe come alive. you can see each scene as if it were a movie. and the last thing i loved about it overall was that anything is possible and can happen. to believe in miracle

  • Perfect life and love story
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    I truly loved this book and couldn't put it down once I started. I absolutely recommend it.

    From Amazon

    It is so very difficult to review a book with such a subject as this one. It truly is a masterpiece, but it seems so simple in its'subject. A subject that has been reviewed, talked about, preached on, terrified us, made us understand, and made us both happy, sad and of course, confused. Where do we go when we die? Forget all that you have heard or read or that Mom and Dad told you about, because, this tiny little novel just may have the real answer. If Ben Sherwood is correct in his story, we are not really living life, as alive human beings, the living starts after we die. Can't claim that I cried or was amazingly moved by this novel, but it WILL stick with me for a long,long time, as we all wonder what it might be like on the other side. And if it is not what Charlie and Sam found it to be, maybe a bit different or maybe nothingness, it won't make a world of difference because we will have ceased to live among our friends and loved ones. Truly a good read.

  • Charlie St. Cloud
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    This is the story of love between two brothers, Charlie and Sam. Charlie is three older than Sam. Charlie's father left his mother when he learned of the pregnancy. When she marries again and Sam makes his appearance, his father deserts also. Their mother finds life a constant struggle, but Charlie is the bright spot in her existence.When she is forced to spend long hours at her job she depends on Charlie to care for Sam. Charlie takes this responsibility seriously and since he and Sam have shared interests, especially baseball, he doesn't find this task too hard. But one fateful night,Charlie makes a huge mistake which results in a serious accident. Both boys are found by paramedics and Charlie is saved but Sam dies. While they both hover between life and death, they swear they'll never leave each other.Charlie keeps this promise by giving up the kind of life he should be having as a young man. He appears to have the gift of actually seeing his brother and each evening at sundown they meet. Whether or not the reader believes in spirits or an afterlife, the author Ben Sherwood has depicted a kind of love and loyalty that can be so deep that memory of a loved one can make them as close in death as they were in life. I found this to be a wonderfully moving story and a relief from books that appear to portray love by detailed and explicit sex scenes. Alma Winter, Author, ONCE UPON A TIME TALES

  • Awesome Read
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    Such a good book. Quick read. Couldnt put it down. If you have lost a loved one it will give you a different way of looking at death.

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