Stana Katic Accidentally Channeled Deborah Kerr in ‘For Lovers Only’
As “Castle” fans or anyone whose seen James Bond’s “Quantum of Solace” can attest, Stana Katic is something of a head-turner. So it was really only a matter of time before the 33-year-old actress found a part that involved her canoodling on a French beach.
“For Lovers Only,” which has enjoyed a fruitful domestic release on iTunes and continues to appear in many festivals abroad, was filmed over just 12 days with only three people: Katic, co-star and writer Mark Polish and director Michael Polish.
The intimate circumstances made for many happy accidents, including Katic unconsciously paying homage to Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster’s famous scene in “From Here to Eternity.”
“It was a script that Mark and Michael had sitting around for awhile,” Katic recently told Zap2it on the “Castle” set.” They had various renditions of it that they’d been playing with for years, and then I think the writer’s strike stifled a lot of independent film-making. So they decided, ‘let’s just go find an actress and go make a movie. Let’s make it like a French New Wave.'”
And the scenario was about as Nouvelle Vague as you could imagine. Classified by the Screen Actors Guild as “experimental film,” many passersby mistook the shoot for three people making home movies of a vacation.
“New Wave was something that came out of creating art without a lot of hullabaloo, finances or manpower,” says Katic. “It fit with what they wanted to do, which was tell a story simply, break it down to the essential parts: two people, dialogue and telling something that moves people.”
She likens the experience to “a band of gypsies traveling around the French countryside,” and though the Polish Brothers did a fare share of scouting, many scenes just happened out of nothing.
Watch part of our interview with Katic, where she describes the scene that came out of her tripping on the beach.