This past June, The Fault in Our Stars brought John Green’s tale of the little infinities shared by cancer-stricken teens Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) to the big screen. Along the way, the film became one of the popcorn season’s biggest movies for non-superhero or Channing Tatum devotees.
As of Aug. 26, superfans can weep to their heart’s content in the privacy of their own homes with the release of the film’s Digital HD edition (followed by a Blu-ray/DVD release on Sept. 16). Talking with EW, Elgort predicts the extended cut of the film will be catnip for Green’s army of followers. “We did a lot of scenes that didn’t make it in the [theatrical] release, some scenes that are really beautiful,” he says. “I bet now I’ll be seeing screenshots from [the deleted] scenes all over Instagram.”
Elgort recalls that director Josh Boone was particularly happy to add back in a tender moment when Hazel reads William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow” to Gus as an ambulance takes him to the hospital.
Below, you’ll find another never-before-seen moment between the young loves that takes place after Gus’s sudden trip to the emergency room.
What won’t fans be seeing from Elgort any time soon? A cameo in the new Bollywood version of Fault. “I can’t imagine if I had to sing and dance at the same time,” he laughs. “[Acting in] Fault in Our Stars once was enough for me.”
In the two months since the film hit theaters, Elgort acknowledges he has had to get a little touchy-feely with overzealous, sob-prone fans. “People sort of freak out sometimes,” he admits. “I grab them by both hands on either shoulder and look them in the eyes and say, ‘Chill out. It’s all right. I’m just a person. You want a picture?’” (Yes, we’re aware this could be construed as encouragement to melt down in Elgort’s presence. Brazen attempts for physical contact should be taken at one’s own risk.)
So intricate choreography and fan flip-outs are discouraged—but the miniature-painting enthusiast wouldn’t mind admirers sending him a little Gus for his collection. Though Elgort does warn with a chuckle, “They better be good if they’re going to send me a miniature of myself. They better have done good highlighting and shading on my face.” Your mission, should you choose to accept it, Nerdfighters: Get stippling on those teeny-tiny Rik Smits jerseys, in 3…2….
The Fault in Our Stars will be available in Digital HD on Aug. 26 and on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 16.