Explore the possibilities of finding true love and connections in the modern, fast-paced life of Toronto in two new Behind the Scenes clips from Daniel Radcliffe’s romantic comedy, ‘What If.’ The clips, titled ‘Dalia’ and ‘Toronto,’ are among the special features exclusively included on the film’s upcoming Blu-ray. Watch the two clips below before Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the film on Tuesday (November 25) on Blu-ray, as well as on DVD and Digital HD.
The first clip, ‘Dalia,’ follows the film’s lead actress, Zoe Kazan, on the set as she sits down to discuss why she likes her character, Chantry. During her interview, the actress states that she thinks her character is a very likable person, in part because she has a black-and-white way of looking at the world. Due to that personable quality, Kazan added that the people in Chantry’s life rely on her. The performer also noted how her character is more of a giver than a taker, and prides herself on being honest. Kazan also revealed how she enjoyed playing someone who looks at the world in such a different way than she does.
Megan Park, who played Chantry’s sister, Dalia, in the romantic comedy, also sat down to talk about shooting the film while she was on the set. The actress revealed that she immediately understood her character when she first read the script for ‘What If.’ The performer noted that she related to Dalia in some respects, but overall, the character exemplifies the drastic differences many people experience in their personalities throughout their early 20s. While she doesn’t always know what she truly wants, Park also embraced the fact that Dalia gets upset when she doesn’t get what she longs for. At first, Dalia thinks she wants to be with Wallace, but then realizes she wants her sister to be happy.
The second clip, ‘Toronto,’ follows the film’s screenwriter, Elan Mastai, as he sits down to talk about the overall process of working on, and shooting, the project. He stated that many of the locations where the movie was filmed are places he goes every day. Some of the locations included in the romantic-comedy where the scribe frequents are coffee shops where he worked on the script. Mastaj also visits Scarborough Bluffs, the beach where the movie filmed on the 16th day of shooting.
The clip also features Radcliffe as he sat down during shooting to talk about his experiences making ‘What If.’ The actor noted his appreciation for mainly shooting on location, as that’s the main way he was able to explore Toronto.
Mastai then also chimed in that setting the story where the movie is actually going to film is beneficial to the overall story. So having the chance to shoot ‘What If’ in Toronto was amazing, because they had the chance to actually film in the places he was thinking about when he was penning the story.
However, ‘What If’s director, Michael Dowse, who also sat down to discuss making the film noted that at times it was difficult to make Toronto feel romantic, as there’s a lot of darker shades throughout the city. So to help romanticize the romance, and give the city a modern feel, the helmer incorporated as many scenes of water as he could throughout the movie.
The following synopsis for ‘What If’ has been released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
‘What If’ is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned, by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his friend Allan (Adam Driver), seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall).
Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, “what if” the love of your life is actually your best friend?
Watch the Special Features clips from ‘What If’s Blu-ray, ‘Dalia’ and ‘Toronto,’ below.
Written by: Karen Benardello