Not Andy's story but the story of how people instinctively need to be together. Crowe cast Pearl Jam in the movie before they were even known as Pearl Jam (they changed their name from Mookie Blaylock during filming).
He met Stone Gossard [lead guitarist] and Jeff Ament [bassist] through Heart's publicist and tour manager and interviewed them about their "lifestyle," then decided to put them in the film.5.
Stoltz actually dropped off the script to Lea Thompson, who was physically shaking from all of the bad reviews of the film Howard the Duck in which she had just played the lead role in.
Eric Stoltz would rather settle differences by talking things out reasonably and rationally, but he tends to ignore or poke fun at any attempt to probe his own or others' inner depths.
Eric Stoltz avoids heavy, demanding emotional relationships and is wary of making personal commitments. Stoltz depends a great deal upon other people for emotional support and he has a large "family" of friends that care about him and treat him as kin.
Martha Coolidge (director of "Valley Girl") was originally hired to direct the film but was replaced by Howard Deutch.
UPDATE: politeintruder kindly wrote in to add that "Martha Coolidge spent a long time in prep for the film as well.
You may have worn out your CD of the best-selling soundtrack and made a pilgrimage to the landmark apartment house in Seattle.
And you probably know all the cameos: Eric Stoltz is the mime that won't shut up, Tim Burton is the dating video director, and that's Jeremy Piven as a hyper supermarket clerk chatting up lead Campbell Scott.
But in the original script, Amanda is given a ride home by Shane, while Keith and Watts walk back to get the Jaguar.
Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson were good friends long before the making of the film.
The movie took a different course after the 1990 death of Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Mother Love Bone (whose remaining members would go on to form Pearl Jam.).
As Crowe wrote in his film diary, "I was in the process of rewriting an old script of mine at the time. I wanted to write something that captured the feeling in that room. Despite the presence of local rock stars, Crowe didn't set out to make a movie about the Seattle scene: "People thought 'Singles' was going to be 'The Mark Arm Story.' [Arm was the lead singer of grunge frontrunners Mudhoney.] What 'Singles' was always meant to be was 'Manhattan' set in Seattle.4.
Her influence on the emotional aspects of the script are still there.