"Nights In Rodanthe" tells of love's second chances

Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:30pm EDT
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By Gina Keating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When romantic thriller "Unfaithful" debuted in theaters in May 2002, odds were that it would be quickly forgotten because it opened in the summer season against action-filled competitors such as "Spider-Man"

But the pairing of Richard Gere and Diane Lane won the hearts of audiences. "Unfaithful" pulled in a strong $119 million at global box offices, and the film about a mesmerizing married couple earned Lane an Oscar nomination.

Gere and Lane are together again this Friday in romance "Nights in Rodanthe," and it is easy to see that the on-screen chemistry between the two translates to real life.

Despite spending little time together outside work, Gere, 59, and Lane, 43, talk like old friends and finish each other's sentences when discussing love, life and career at middle-age, which are key elements of "Nights in Rodanthe."

"You get a little bit tired around 40 and you think, 'Have I earned some momentum that I can coast with my, thus far, good deeds.' But there are no days off," Lane told Reuters.

"You still have 20, 30, 40 more years of stuff to learn, of growth," Gere added in a joint interview.

"And something to offer," Lane finished.

"Nights In Rodanthe" is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, and it follows his other books such as "The Notebook" and "A Walk to Remember" that went from novel to movie.   Continued...

<p>Actors Richard Gere (L) and Diane Lane are shown in scene from "Nights In Rodanthe" in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters September 23, 2008. In their third screen pairing, Gere, 59, and Lane, 43, play lonely strangers thrown together at a romantic and deserted seaside inn on the North Carolina coast as a storm, both real and emotional, bears down on them. REUTERS/Michael Tackett/Warner Bros./Handout</p>