Apparently, there's still 'group' movies where actors, technicians and movie crew share something for weeks and then part different ways, knowing they'll have to every night when they sing along around a fire.
By being close to Kristen and Garrett for a few hours, you can see this closeness right away: their friendship definitely comes from their filming/adventure. They might be young (21 ad 26), these two have lived and no matter how pretty they are, they're not dumb. Honestly, we love to criticize but here we're gonna have to bow. If their filmography might not play in their favor (Twilight for Kristen and Troy for Garrett), they tackled this adaptation with so much intensity and intelligence that you can see it in this interview. The way they listened to their character and how accurately they portrayed them is confirmed to us by the producers and by the biography of the writer who was working as a consultant on the movie.
They're happy to see each other again, Kristen and Garrett, it's so obvious. They took joy in posing together, tight one against the other in an old washed out blue Chevrolet, that was used as a prop for the shoot. Lying down, sitting at the wheel, slouching in the truck, spread out on the hood ...
They laugh and tease each other during breaks, light up cigarettes. After the shoot: two voices interview. Kristen, in a white t-shirt and mini shorts cut off from on old Levis' 501, mounts a stool, looking natural despite her darkened eyes for the shoot. The sweet Garrett, who seems really nice, sits on an opposite couch and pops open his first can of Coke of the day. After lots of champagne between takes (the assistant actually showed him how to serve it like a gentleman, which made the actor laugh: 'It's like a woman, you have to take the bottle by the neck').
The Beat goes on
They really wanted to make this movie.
Kristen: I read On the Road when I was 14. It was the first book that made me want to read. Two years later, I received the script and met with Walter. Sometimes you meet people and realize you wanna do the work for the same reasons as them. Whatever the conversation we were having, we shared a common excitement, him and I felt the same energy. When I left, I learned I got the role and I jumped everywhere!'
Garrett: Yes, you bailed on our dinner for that.
Kristen: What? Oh right, I was so young.
LuAnne Anderson, the real Marylou, was young too. Married at 15 to Neal Cassady, the real Dean Moriarty. Garrett was 22 when he learned he was gonna play the best mate and unwary accomplice to Kerouac, whom he said, helped him open his eyes when he was a teenager and that the reading of the book pushed him to leave Minnesota. On the set, he celebrated his 26th birthday. For the 4 years of waiting before the budget was finalized, the will of the actors never deflated. 'Walter Salles' persistence was remarkable. He prepared the project while filming a documentary: in fact, he already started the movie before the green light was given, ' tells Garrett. 'With Walter and a crew of 50 people, we took a trip from NY to LA, we had to stop 9 times for car troubles but we did it.'
Chili, Argentina, New Orleans, Arizona, Mexico City, Montreal, San Francisco. The trip taken for the movie, forced the crew to live like gypsies for several months. The three main actors had to through the same during this journey, no comfort or pampers (agents and PR weren't present either which is pretty rare in the US.)