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The Time Traveler’s Wife team on why Theo James’ butt was so important

The Time Traveler's Wife team on why Theo James' butt was so important

The Time Traveler’s Wife team and Theo James explained why James’ butt was so important and essential to the storytelling.

The Time Traveler's Wife team on why Theo James' butt was so important

When James’ character Henry travels in time, he’s always naked. He doesn’t know where or when he time-travels, but one thing is certain: he’ll always land naked.

“There wasn’t enough nudity,” James jokes on the latest episode of EW’s Screen After Reading podcast. “No, it’s a part of the DNA of the book. What I liked about it is the nudity is dangerous. He’s thrown out of time, and it expends a lot of energy. It depletes him. It’s an affliction, an illness that he has to deal with. I always felt like it’s an epileptic fit times 100, where it’s a real shock to his body.”

“When [Henry] falls out of time, he doesn’t know where he is, when he is,” James adds. “He’s naked, which has its problems, but also in a practical sense, he has nothing on him. Nothing to protect himself with. Nothing to help himself with. He has to be the ultimate survivor, and that part of it makes it dangerous and propulsive, as opposed to a fun romantic mechanism. It’s something that he has to overcome or survive over time.”

The novel is better as a tv show than it was as a movie

The Time Traveler's Wife team on why Theo James' butt was so important

HBO’s Time Traveler’s Wife marks the second adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling 2003 novel, following a 2009 film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. But according to Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Doctor Who), it would have made a far better TV show.

“Audrey’s version of time travel, you have to understand the rules,” Moffat says. “That would take more than half a movie, by which time you’ve got almost no time to talk about what the book’s actually about: good marriage and healthy love over time. The time travel is a device, a prism though which to see that, and a way of reminding you that love is inextricably linked to loss.”

It’s important the time-travel is involuntar

“It’s important that he be time-traveling involuntarily,” Niffenegger notes. “That he is not just some jerk running away all the time and having adventures without his sweetie. The race to decode the human genome was much in the news at the time [I was writing], and I thought, ‘That’s it, it’s a genetic thing.’ You can’t control it. It just dumps him wherever, naked, and the other really important rule is that he can’t go back and change things. It’s not Back to the Future, and that is the difference between tragedy and comedy.”

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Source: EW

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