The directorial debut of Zach Braff (him off
), based in part on his own youth growing up in New Jersey.
Apparently Ms Portman was Mr Braff’s first and only choice for the role of Sam. He never thought she’d say yes. She did, missing three weeks of her senior year at Harvard to shoot the film.
“Do you play the retarded quarterback?” Sam asks Zach’s Andrew. “Are you really retarded?”
She’s epileptic, a compulsive liar, and deceptive to the extreme. But she’s also inspiring and mesmerising. Who remembers that scene in the pool?
Braided, plaited and all over the shop. Just like the character.