In The Best of Me, the protagonists fall for each other as teenagers and then meet again 20 years later.
"Those feelings for one another are still very much there but they are coloured, in very complex ways.
"I forget the guy who said it, 'a man saves his truest kind of love not for the woman he feels electrified and enkindled by, but the one in whose company he can feel tenderly drowsy.' At my age," he explains, "it's like, ah, I want that." But wait! "The observation I've made is that what you want when you are young out of a relationship is so different from what you want when you're older.The Romantic hero is a literary archetype referring to a character that rejects established norms and conventions, has been rejected by society, and has himself (or herself) as the center of his or her own existence.Literary critic Northrop Frye noted that the Romantic hero is often "placed outside the structure of civilization and therefore represents the force of physical nature, amoral or ruthless, yet with a sense of power, and often leadership, that society has impoverished itself by rejecting".Last time James Marsden appeared in a Nicholas Sparks movie he lost the girl to Ryan Gosling.In classic weepy The Notebook he played Lon Hammond, the handsome, pampered young lawyer who, despite his devotion to Allie (Rachel Mc Adams) manfully stepped out of the way of love's young dream.