Garrett Hedlund Talks On the Road

Summary

Jack Kerouac's On the Road is easily one of the most famous American novels of the 20th century, so it's no small surprise that -- unlike contemporary Beat Generation giants Naked Lunch and Howl -- the seminal 1957 work has taken this long to reach the movie screen. Not that there haven't been attempts: Kerouac himself reportedly tried to entice Marlon Brando to star in a movie version, and the book rights were later acquired by Francis Ford Coppola, who shepherded the project through more years of development. At last, Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles came on board, and the result is this week's On the Road -- a languid, sun-kissed riff on the classic starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart and a host of stars (Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst) in smaller character roles. We sat down recently with Hedlund -- who plays the story's iconic drifter, Dean Moriarty -- where he talked about his love of the book and the pressure of starring in a tale with so much cultural import. Back to Article

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