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"A Walk To Remember" Hit The Big Screen 16 Years Ago So Here Are 13 Facts You Might Not Have Known

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Alright, full disclosure, as a man, I have grown to hate any movie that is associated with a Nicholas Sparks novel: that is except A Walk To Remember. I will fully admit that it was one of my guilty pleasures when it came to movies in the early 2000s, mostly because I had a rather strong crush on the female lead Mandy Moore.


The movie turned 16-years-old earlier this month, and we felt like it was time to look back on the clear-cut chick flick that even men don't hate.

1. This was Mandy Moore's first leading role.

She had previously had a small part in The Princess Diaries.


2. Shane West and Mandy Moore traded professional advice.

Moore was having some issues with certain aspects of filming, like where to stand and when, so West gave her lessons on it. West also said that if he ever went on tour with his band, Moore would be his first call.

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3. Moore and West still keep in touch to this day.

Sure, it's mostly done by email, but 16 years is still a pretty long friendship, especially in Hollywood.


4. There was a six year age gap between the stars.

Moore was only 17 and West was 23. Moore later said that at the time, West was the oldest guy she had ever kissed at that point.


5. He was also her first onscreen kiss.


6. Moore and West started practicing one of their kissing scenes the first day on set.

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