Are there any other facts about the book or movie that we may find interesting?

Yes. Here are the ones I have found:

bulletbullet The inspiration for Jamie Sullivan’s character and some of the events in the book/movie is from Nicholas Sparks’ deceased sister, Danielle Sparks Lewis (whom the book and movie are dedicated to).
bulletbullet The pictures of “Jamie” on the mantle of the fireplace in the Sullivan house are real pictures of  Mandy Moore when she was a little girl (notice that she is blonde).
bulletbullet The wedding, car crash from the beginning of the film, and the scenes of Landon driving after he found out about Jamie’s illness were all filmed the same day, back to back.
bulletbullet The wedding vows were added to the scene on stage and did not appear in the script (Landon and Jamie’s middle names were made up by the actors and director)
bulletbullet Mandy was sick the day she filmed her church solo (“Lighthouse”) so they had to re-record it later.
bulletbullet Since Mandy was a minor (under 18) they were only allowed to have her on set 10 hours/day. The film makers were constantly asking her “are you a pumpkin yet?” or “how long until you turn into a pumpkin?” Because of this limitation filming was sometimes tight. For example, the scene where Landon helps her be in two places at once by straddling the Virginia/North Carolina state line was filmed in only 20 minutes, including all of the “coverage” (close ups). This is considered quite a feat.
bulletbullet Mandy’s dress and cape in the play cost more than the cost of the entire play set (this may have been a joke, but if you look closely at what they used for the sets it is entirely possible)..
bulletbullet The comet Hyakutake that Jamie wanted to see was a real comet that it was conceivable that she would want to see in the late 1990’s.. This was changed from Haley’s comet, which hasn’t been seen since the late 1980’s, to make it more believable. But Halley’s Comet was still mentioned by Jamie in the film when she was talking to the Stars and Planets kids.
bulletbullet When Landon visited the church to ask the Rev. Sullivan permission to take his daughter out to dinner, Mandy Moore was sitting next to Adam Shankman in one of the pews watching.
bulletbullet Weather almost stopped them from filming the scenes at the out-door restaurant, but at the last minute the wind stopped blowing.
bulletbullet Early drafts of the script had LANDON running away after Jamie told him about her illness. This was changed to make it more believable at the director’s request.
bulletbullet The original cut of the movie began with Landon returning to see Rev. Sullivan, but it was moved to the end in editing.
bulletbullet The corny school play was written by the production team (not Karen Janzen) to add humor to the story.
bulletbullet The character of Eric (the black guy) was extensively rewritten by the actor playing him and director to to add humor to the story.


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