They say …… Director Alan Poul talks about #AlexOLoughlin

The Back-Up Plan director, Alan Poul, speaks out about Alex O’Loughlin:

In Search of “Stan”

When Poul signed on to The Back-Up Plan, Lopez was the only element attached to the film. She would take on the role of Zoe, the headstrong female lead with commitment issues and a plan. So, he set out to find the perfect ‘Stan’.

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.”

This real-life challenge is right in line with just one of the modern-day issues explored in The Back-up Plan. “If Stan is in his 30’s and hasn’t quite figured out what to do with his life, he’s charming. If he’s in his 40’s, he’s a loser,” Poul explains. 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.

I segue back to how O’Loughlin steals my gaze off of Lopez. The intensity of Stan’s gaze upon Zoe is enough to spoil the twist of events in the film. This display of emotion on film was something that reeled me in, and I wondered how difficult this may have been for Poul to capture. He says, playing the emotion of the role, the love, that is easy for [O’Loughlin]; also, he and Jennifer really, really liked each other.” Tackling the comedy aspect required more work. Comedy is hard; so, learning how to throw things away so that you don’t see the effort in the comedy [was] the hardest part.”

  • Part of an exclusive sit down interview with director Alan Poul on 30 March 2010, by Erica posted on Beyongbeautiful JLo



Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Stan "the Man", The Back-Up Plan

8 responses to “They say …… Director Alan Poul talks about #AlexOLoughlin

  1. alexsluvjan

    AAAHHHH..I have just the place for that tongue..=P


  2. GDP

    He’s so mesmerizing to watch…over and over…and the way his body fills those wet jeans…mmm!


  3. Leah

    So enjoyed reading the director’s comments about Alex. He described him perfectly by saying he has his own brand of effortless masculinity without appearing aggressive. Which is, of course, just one of the things we love about Alex. 🙂 And what a treat for the PINK BEAST making his unexpected appearance in the gif! 😀 Thank you!


    • gracenotpark

      This. Well said. And I couldn’t take my eyes off Alex in the movie…cept in the scenes he didn’t appear. I coulda used a few more Alex scenes, TBH. 😉


  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous man!!


  5. Kath40

    [O’Loughlin’s own “brand of masculinity”….“strong, effortless, not aggressive, but it’s so masculine that he would never appear to be soft or weak.”]
    Yummmm I’ll have me some more of that. If he were to bottle it up I’m afraid we’d be more drunk off of him then we already are, but SO worth the intoxication. ♥ May we NEVER sober up. 😛


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