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Emily Blunt and Luke Evans brought to book by film roles

Published 30/09/2016

Emily Blunt said she only read the book after she was offered a role in the film
Emily Blunt said she only read the book after she was offered a role in the film

The Girl On The Train stars Emily Blunt and Luke Evans have revealed their embarrassment at not having read the best-selling book that the film was adapted from, when they signed up to their roles.

Blunt and Evans take two of the lead parts in the thriller by Paula Hawkins, but neither had joined the throngs of readers who could not put down the novel when it was published last year.

Interviewed about the project on The Jonathan Ross Show, Blunt said: "I think because I saw everyone reading it, I was trying to be contrary and say: 'Well I'm not going to read it if everyone's reading it.'

"I was pushing back against the trend and then I got offered the film and then shallowly ran to the book store to get a copy."

Evans said he had been caught out trying to cover his tracks in reading up on the part after having been announced as one of the stars.

He said: "I read the script and then quietly one evening I went to a late book store and asked 'can I get girl on the train?' with my hood up and [the shop assistant] said: 'I hope you don't mind me asking but shouldn't you have read it before you got offered it today?'

"I said: 'Please don't tell anybody I haven't read it!.'"

The film, which is released on Wednesday, was shot while Blunt was hiding her pregnancy, but she had to tell her news to co-star Evans ahead of a particularly physical scene.

He said: "Emily told me just before I had to throw her around her kitchen.

"It was going to be a stressful and intense day anyway, so we gave each other a little hug before we did the first take and as she leaned in she whispered: 'I'm four and a half months pregnant .'

"No-one really knew at that point and so we kept it quiet and managed to get through that day."

:: The Jonathan Ross Show airs on ITV on Saturday at 10.20pm.

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