By Amber James Posted Mar 23rd 2010 04:10PM (reposted from PopEater.com)
The trailer suggests that the movie will offer a lot more backstory than the book, where Gilbert's ex-husband and former lover are discussed only in flashback. The film was also shot in exotic locals, so the gorgeous scenery will definitely set the movie apart from the book.
Roberts admits the role "was quite a huge undertaking. It was a little bit daunting, dragging three little kids around the world, but well worth it." (via Women's Wear Daily.)
"I think that [Gilbert] just showed so much courage and humor. I just felt an incredible sense of need to accomplish the task on a great level. Ryan Murphy, who adapted the screenplay and was our director, was incredible."
"It was really like the acting Olympics. It's been a long time since I've had a full-time acting job. I am really glad that I made the decision to go off and do that movie. I hope that Liz [Gilbert] really likes it more than anything. She's a really interesting woman. I'm pretty fascinated by her, and I think a lot of people relate to her. So that's the greatest challenge [with] a book that's so well-known: You want people to see the movie and have that same sense of interest and comfort that they got from reading the book," Roberts continued.
Gilbert gushed about the new film on her Web site. "There is something surreal about the whole experience, but then again, there has been something surreal about 'Eat, Pray, Love' from the beginning. I have never entirely understood the rocket-like trajectory of that book, and so -- with the movie as with all of it -- I stand back, amazed, watching it all unfold and wondering at this strange turn of destiny."
Of course, readers may already know the big spoiler. In the book, Gilbert falls for an older Brazilian man, Felipe (Javier Bardem). The story ends there, but their love lives on. We can expect a sequel.
(My note: And if you've read Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage by Gilbert, you know the interesting dilemma that led to Felipe's and her eventual marriage!)