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“It sort of intrudes on their universe a little bit,” he said. “This is the ill-fated romance from the screen that ended up working on screen and in real life as well. That made it more believable and more sellable, so it punctures holes in that.”

Still, moviegoers might find the changed dynamic compelling.

“There’s a soap opera going on off-screen, and people love to follow that,” Dergarabedian said. “I think it only serves to raise awareness of the movie.”


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