Imko and the crew over at OnlineJlofan.com and BeyondBeautifulJlo.com just posted an interview they did with the director of The Back-up Plan, Alan Poul! In it he gives us some insight into what he was looking for when he set out to cast Stan and why he chose Alex. Here are a couple gems form the interview:
While watching Lopez’s movies in preparation for the film, Poul noticed Lopez’s enormously charismatic screen presence. He quickly realized that finding the perfect Stan would be difficult. I realized when she’s on screen, it’s impossible not to watch her. So, finding a guy who could hold his own with her [and] also who could be Stan was difficult. A lot of the younger actors who you might believe as a cheese farmer, I felt, would come off as being too weak or too soft and wouldn’t be able to balance the story. In addition, when looking into a pool of bigger names who would possibly make a better match for Lopez, Poul felt that they were definitely too old to play Stan.
Yes, yes… he needed fresh, young (but not like “Twilight” young), and able to stand next to JLo and not look like a wall flower…
Casting a relatively unknown actor head-to-head with Lopez was the direct result of what Poul describes as O’Loughlin’s own brand of masculinity which he perceived as strong, effortless, not aggressive, but it’s so masculine that he would never appear to be soft or weak.
These qualities needed to be present in the actor in order to bring balance to the two leads. In the film, Zoe is in complete control of her life and her future. As her counterpart, Stan could not appear to be a wimp, even during the freak-out moments he experiences in the film. Poul recognized this characteristic in O’Loughlin immediately, and Stan was cast.
Yep, yep.. certainly no wimp. Strong and effortless are two words that definitely characterize Alex O’Loughlin.
There is more but you need to check it out at their site. Enjoy!