TFIOS Actor Ansel Elgort on Teen Vogue Admits John Green Didn’t Want Him as Gus

The Fault in Our Stars movie is two weeks away from opening in theaters, and I know you are all as excited as I am about watching this movie.  Of course, in its pre-production stages, I wasn’t too thrilled about the fact that Ansel Elgort was up for the role of Augustus Waters.  I didn’t know the actor and I had not seen him in anything, however, I knew that he was already playing Caleb Prior, the brother of Shailene Woodley‘s Tris Prior in the Divergent movie.  Considering that Shailene had already been cast to play Hazel Grace Lancaster, Ansel being cast to play her love interest kind of made me feel “icky” about the whole thing.  I didn’t think I was the only one who thought this, and apparently, I wasn’t.

In an article from Teen Vogue, Ansel Elgort talks about his part as the lovable, semi-pretentious teen Augustus Waters, and he does say that author John Green wasn’t all that excited about him either:

But being cast in the blockbuster almost prevented him from landing the part in TFIOS: “John Green was like, ‘Please be anyone but the girl’s brother from Divergent,'” Ansel remembers of his audition. He made a tape in his parents’ stairwell (his father is famed Vogue and Teen Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort, and his mother is opera director Grethe Holby) of three “tough scenes,” and Ansel won the role, beating out several higher-profile actors.

Of course, it’s been months since that happened, and now with several clips and trailers from the movie, I have cautiously (because I have yet to see the movie) changed my mind about him playing Gus.  John Green certainly loves him, which is awesome!  In fact, now that I’ve seen him in Divergent, I think I rather like him playing Gus more than I like him playing Caleb.


Ansel also talks about preparing for the role of Gus and the fact that he had to play a character that had a prosthetic leg:

“I thought, I should know my disease; I should know what it would be like to lose my leg,” he says. He spoke to doctors and befriended Tanner Boatwright, a teen who’d been injured in a hunting accident and who served as his body double on the movie’s set. “Tanner said that when he lost his leg, there was no mourning period,” he recalls. “I think Augustus was that way, too. He’d probably be like, ‘I’m going to tackle this.'”

Of course, there was the emotional challenge of filming the movie, saying how they would “cry all the time”, but for him, “It felt good. I let it out.” 

You can read the full article and check out more picture of Ansel at

By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.