CHRISTOPHER ATKINS OPENS UP ABOUT BROOKE SHIELDS ROMANCE ON BLUE LAGOON S=
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Et The Blue Lagoon director Randal Kleiser posted a photo of his teenage leading lady Brooke Shields above her co-star's bed to make sure the young couple had instant chemistry on the set.
In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air on her Where Are They Now special this weekend (01Dec13), Christopher Atkins, who was 18 when he romanced the 14-year-old actress in the 1980 film, reveals he fell for Shields in a big way after staring at a shot of her every night.
Atkins says, "The director wanted us to be attracted to each other. He stuck a picture of her over my bunk on the boat when I first got there just so I could start becoming attracted to her.
"He said, 'It will come out in your eyes. It will come out in real time on film'."
The director's plan worked - a little too well: "Brooke and I had a little bit of a romantic-innocence sort of romance in the very beginning of the film. It was very nice. We were very, very close friends, put it that way!"
Atkins reveals the teenagers had plenty of time to get to know one another: "The conditions during filming were very rustic. When we got there, there was no water on the island and there was really no place to live. The first two weeks we lived on a boat and we were shuttled back and forth to the set from the boat. Then after that we moved into the tents and lived in those tents for four and a half months."
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