WEIRDLAND: Believing in miracles: "The Way" by Emilio Estevez, "Love & other drugs"

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Believing in miracles: "The Way" by Emilio Estevez, "Love & other drugs"

Edward Zwick directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in the dramedy "Love & other drugs" (2010)

"Jamie meets sarcastic, sexy Maggie Murdock (Hathaway) while he's shadowing Dr. Knight (Hank Azaria) during rounds. She bares her breast as he looks on. The catch - she has early onset Parkinson's disease.
When Bohemian artist Maggie discovers that Jamie is a salesman and not an intern, she decks him in the parking lot. The two won't admit it, but it's love at first sight.

It's 1998, the age of Big Pharma and medical miracles. Viagra is about to be released. Jamie is poised for super success. The little blue pill is the drug everyone wants!
Maggie gives up. Jamie has dragged her to lectures around the country. Progress and even cures are documented with chelation therapy and other approaches. Maggie insists there is no cure. She only believes in drugs". Source:

"I believe in miracles a lot more now," says 48-year-old Estevez, who also wrote and directed The Way. "And I have taken the word 'coincidence' out of my vocabulary. I believe that there is divine intervention. "Miracles happened on a daily basis and it got to the point where the crew were true believers too. If they didn't have any spirituality going into this, they did have by the end".
"Lives changed on this film. My son Taylor met his wife on the Camino and they now live in Burgos, in northern Spain. "Other relationships were also forged by crew members. One said she met the man of her dreams there and got married." Source:

"Martin Sheen plays Tom Avery, an American ophthalmologist who receives word that his son has been killed while walking the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage trail in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain sometimes referred to as The Way of Saint James. Perhaps impulsively or perhaps in desperation, Tom decides to walk the pilgrims’ trail himself, to finish the journey his son began.
Obviously, such a role calls for an actor of immense talent, both to convey the depth and layers of feeling of a parent mourning his child and to eschew the more melodramatic histrionics that would cause such material to become overly and overtly sentimental. Sheen, one of our national acting treasures, is perfect for such a part, bringing it gravity but also dignity.

I love that in introducing a movie about fathers and sons, rituals and traditions, Estevez chose to describe Sheen by borrowing from another famous director, John Huston, talking about his own father. “He never tried to sell you something.” Source:

A video tribute to Andrew 'Andy' Clark (Emilio Estevez) the 'jock' in the hit 80's movie "The Breakfast Club" (1985) directed by John Hughes. Song: Lonely No More by Rob Thomas

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