The Longest Ride premieres April 10th

The Longest Ride premieres April 10th

By Barry Ratcliffe

The Longest Ride
Barry Ratcliffe on the set of “The Longest Ride” where he plays the auctioneer

I am very excited for the premier this week of the Nicholas Sparks film “The Longest Ride”.

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

I will be playing the part of the Auctioneer, and for those of you that have read the book, you are familiar with what that means in the story, and for those of you who haven’t, it is an incredible tale of love that I will not spoil:)

The film stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Lolita Davidovich, and Melissa Benoist and is directed by George Tillman Jr.

I was in LA filming Ted 2 a few weeks ago and ran into Scott Eastwood and Georg the director finishing up a few scenes. It was so great to see this picture coming together so well, so much care given to every aspect of the story. That type of professionalism, that passion for the project, that is why I went into this business.

Working with such an incredibly talented cast and crew, was an honor and a gift. I remember several times sitting with Britt Robertson and simply talking about the process. She is an awe-inspiring talent, and an extraordinary human being, and I know that she will convey this story and carry the audience on the journey intended by the novel above and beyond expectations.

The same goes for the very talented Scott Eastwood, who obviously took his inherited natural abilities and learned grace, humbleness, and unlimited technical skills from his father.

Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight) are producing “The Longest Ride” alongside Theresa Park.

The film opens April 10th and I will be the first one there:)


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