People are still just having sex — it’s just happening quicker now. The end result of Tinder is the same as it used to be when men went out to a pub in England on a Friday night — it’s just that it’s faster, I imagine.
I don’t think that romance is on the decline — people are not tired of that. It is hilarious though to watch some of my friends on it.
I don’t know if it’s specifically that romantic comedies are on a resurgence or that they’ve died out — I think that when we get a surplus of bad movies, it can leave the impression that a genre is sort of going bad, but it’s nothing more than too many.
With so many people on dating apps, is it making romance a messier space?
And what makes any film really, really good is caring about the central characters.
You can basically have whatever story you like, and if you care about the main people it doesn’t matter what anything else looks like — you’ll go with it and you’ll be invested.
Zoe and I did a lot of improv — like the first diner scene — a lot of improvisation is involved in that.
But generally speaking, [screenwriter] Elan [Mastai’s] writing is very naturalistic and real — in the same way that the British version of ?
There are a lot of bad movies out there across all genres.
If that girl walked up to them in a bar, they’d be lucky to talk to her, and there’s an excess of people on Tinder, and they’re swiping whichever direction, and it’s an odd thing. I think it’s a testament to how good the writing in the movie is that we’re being asked about this.
But I don’t think it will change the nature of love and relationships as much as people think it’s going to, because ultimately you still have to meet that person face-to-face. But there is a slight qualifier — probably 40-50% of what Adam Driver says is probably improvised.
I showed it to Zoe, and I asked if it was even worth carrying on with, and she gave me a very emphatic reaction, which was yes, definitely keep going with this. The main reason for writing is that I feel like it’s probably easier to write something myself than to convince some other writer to give me his script as my first film. What do you think Wallace could learn from Harry Potter about dating? Well, I think, in a funny way they’re both slightly similar in that they are both much less direct than I would be about a situation.
In the movie, your character is such a hopeless romantic. The romantic poets of England, the second generation of Keats, Byron and Shelley were something I got really into when I was about 16. I think there’s something in the way they write and see beauty in everything, and the possibility for beauty in everything. I wouldn’t say I’m up there with Shelley and Keates and Byron in terms of romance, but I think that’s sort of where I got my ideas of romance from. I’m not very good at living in uncertainty, and Wallace definitely is. Harry’s dating situation was all set against the backdrop that he’s going to die at any minute, so there’s probably a lot more urgency with that.