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Kristopher Tapley from has posted his Best and Worst picks for 2012 and he has included Garrett as his runner up for Best Supporting Actor.

Here is what he wrote:

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master” (Runner-up: Garrett Hedlund, “On the Road”)
I side with the critics’ favorite in the supporting ranks this year, beginning here with the other side of a coin in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” Philip Seymour Hoffman is charming, mysterious, a bit dangerous, even, and consistently bewitching. Though speaking of alluring, kudos, too, to an underrated piece of work from Garrett Hedlund, capturing one of the most magnetic personalities in all of literature.

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Garrett Included on HitFix's Best of 2012 List
31 Dec, 2012

On the road to movie magic: Walter Salles, Garrett Hedlund team up to bring Kerouac to life


Director Salles faced his own long journey to film the classic novel, but actor Hedlund immediately nailed the audition for the role of Dean Moriarty

How do you turn an iconic American novel that defined the entire postwar Beat Generation into a movie?

According to director Walter Salles and actor Garrett Hedlund, who joined forces to turn Jack Kerouac’s classic 1957 tome “On the Road” into movie magic, you submerge yourself so deeply in the book that you actually relive the plot.

Which is how Salles, 56, and Hedlund, 28, end up nibbling on chicken nachos at a table in the back of the White Horse Tavern in the West Village, a favorite watering hole for Kerouac, recounting the long, strange journey of “On the Road” from book to movie screen, where it premiered on Friday.

“ ‘On the Road’ has been 55 years in the making,” says Salles, a Brazilian who also directed “The Motorcycle Diaries.” “That’s when Kerouac first wrote to Marlon Brando to see if he would play Dean Moriarty. Of course, my version has only been eight years in the making, but those were a long eight years.”

After being asked by Francis Ford Coppola’s production company to make the film in 2004, Salles spent five years “drifting across America trying to follow the paths of Kerouac and meeting the real life people who influenced the characters in this book.” His journey led to the creation of the documentary “Searching for On the Road.”

Just as hard as capturing the feel of Kerouac’s classic was finding the right actor to play Dean Moriarty, the novel’s energetic protagonist who at one time or another was to be played by such Hollywood luminaries as Brando, Brad Pitt and Colin Farrell.

Enter Hedlund, an up-and-coming Hollywood star whose movie credits include “Tron: Legacy,” “Country Strong” and “Troy.”

For his initial casting call in 2007, Hedlund took his own road trip, driving from his father’s farm in Minnesota to the small theater in Los Angeles.

“Instead of rehearsing the scenes over and over in the car, I figured I’d just write my journey,” he says. “These were my thoughts about life and journeys and women and jazz and adventures and sadness.”

Hedlund’s gamble paid off.

Salles remembers “complete silence and electricity in the air when he finished reading his two scenes. Then he asked to read what he had written during his journey to California. It was so similar to what we knew from the Dean Moriarty letters that we were convinced that Dean had returned.”

The only person in the room who wasn’t convinced was Hedlund, who empathized more with the story’s other protagonist, Sal Paradise, played by Sam Riley.

“He’s alone in foreign places analyzing and writing about what he sees and I can relate to that,” says Hedlund, who stars in the movie alongside Kristen Stewart. “I never thought I was as expressive as Dean or had as much knowledge of life as him. I mean, the guy stole more than 500 cars before he was 15.”

But, while he might not admit it at first, Hedlund did relate to certain aspects of the fictional Moriarty, even the youthful delinquency.

“Dean and I both grew up bored, without a parent, in the Midwest and that led to trouble,” Hedlund says. “As they say, idle hands are the Devil’s playground. I think I was arrested four times before I was 15. I’d break into gas stations, steal cigarettes and sell them on the school bus for two bucks a pop.”

Ultimately, Salles chose Hedlund to play Moriarty not only because of similarities in their lives but also because of his willingness to explore.

“This is an ode to youth, freedom and the creative process,” says Salles. “There is no substitute for experience. Kerouac’s most beautiful legacy is to invite you to experiment and have your own ideas and become an individual, not just one more guy who presses a button.”

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29 Dec, 2012

Film inspired by Jack Kerouac’s leave home and find yourself classic

LOS ANGELES — To make On the Road, director Walter Salles and star Garrett Hedlund had to go on the road.

Based on the classic novel by Jack Kerouac that inspired generations of young people to leave their homes and find their own paths, a lot of the film involved tooling around the country in a 4,500-pound 1949 Hudson.

Principal photography was in Montreal, San Francisco, Louisiana and Mexico from August to December 2010. Then Salles and Hedlund and a film crew started traveling the blue highways of America.

“We took only back roads and shied away from cities where the architecture had been homogenized, says Salles, who earlier made another try-to-find-yourself road movie with The Motorcycle Diaries.

“We did this for two and a half weeks. We didn’t have a deadline and didn’t know where we were going to sleep at night.”

Hedlund, who plays free-spirited Dean Moriarty in the film, can vividly recount the trip in a stream of consciousness that would make Kerouac proud:

“Through the Adirondack Mountains, down to Utica. Drove through a blizzard with our heads out the window (which is shown in the film *) to Erie, Pennsylvania. Drove down to Cincinnati, from Cincinnati to Lexington, Kentucky, with no brakes. Flatbedded the car from Lexington to Nashville. Tried to find some parts on a Saturday in the Bible Belt, acquired some, left on Sunday. Spent eight hours on back roads from Nashville to Memphis, stayed there one night and went to a jazz club just like in the book where we were the only white cats in the place. Broke down in Texarkana, Arkansas. Broke down in Lubbock, Texas. Broke down in New Mexico for three days. Met some of the greatest mechanics along the way. Broke down in Mississippi. Had a guy named Corndog repair our car in his front yard. He became such a friend he would call us afterwards and ask us where we were.”

Bringing On the Road to the screen was a long haul itself.

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Long haul to On the Road
27 Dec, 2012

Upon my entering the room, Garrett Hedlund asks, “What time is it?” I counter by asking if he really wants to know. “Nah, doesn’t matter,” he replies with a shrug. Such is the life of an actor promoting a film. And in the spirit of his latest, the screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation classic “On the Road,” Hedlund is trying distinctly to go with the flow.

This is quite a revealing role for you. How do you tackle on-screen nudity?
Another day, another buck. (laughs) No, it’s fine. It’s paying homage to the characters that you read about in the book. You can’t let your fears and ambitions get in the way of showing the true version of what you read and what intrigued you in the first place.

Is there added pressure in taking on important literary material?
My most honest explanation is it’s more self-imposed pressure than anything if you respect these people as much as you feel like you do. I respected the book so much and I admired Neal Cassady/Dean Moriarty so much in the way he approached life, so I had more pressure within myself to push myself to go there and live life in that manner and experience it to the fullest, to be able to not seem like you’re acting every day. It was like this chunk of time was our opportunity to be as crazy as you want to be or be as wild or free as we wanted to be. It’s like, you only get one shot. Do not miss your chance. (laughs) Don’t quote the Eminem part, please.

Your co-star Tom Sturridge isn’t the only young actor to take on playing Allen Ginsberg. James Franco did it recently in “Howl,” and Daniel Radcliffe plays him next year in “Kill Your Darlings.” Which Ginsberg do you think would win in a fight?
Tom’s dirty, man. Just watch him dance. He will be unpredictable when it comes to a square-off. He’s got these moves. If you’d seen the scenes in the alleyway where he jumps on my back like a monkey, you don’t know what somebody could do to you in that situation. If they had a pencil, you could be jugular-ized. (laughs)

Do you worry about stuff like that when you’re hanging out with Tom?
No, no. I think… Tom’s so great, let’s go with Tom.


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26 Dec, 2012

Interview: Garrett Hedlund Talks About His Role in On the Road

Young adults today often search for liberating, carefree journeys to embark on after experiencing difficult periods in their lives, and that was no different for Americans living during the Beat Generation in the late 1940s. Trying to move on from their experiences during World War II, the characters in the new adventure drama ‘On the Road,’ which is based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac and directed by Walter Salles, emotionally embody those struggles. While the characters yearn for a stable lifestyle and the American dream of a job and family, they also are driven by their desire to explore America first and experience diverse adventures.

‘On the Road’ follows young New York City writer Sal Paradise (played by Sam Riley), whose life is ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (portrayed by Garett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless Westerner. Dean and his girlfriend, Marylou (played by Kristen Stewart), are living a carefree style, and urge Sam to join them on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism surrounding them. They travel across the country in search of themselves, through the use of drugs, jazz and poetry in the aftermath of World War II.

Along the way, the trio’s pursuit of the pure essence of experience is continuously shaped by their interactions with the people they meet along the way, including Camille (portrayed by Kirsten Dunst). Dean ultimately marries and has children with Camille, feeling that he should settle down, but still continues to live his care-free lifestyle with Marylou and Sal.

Hedlund generously took the time to sit down during a roundtable interview recently in New York City to discuss filming ‘On the Road.’ Among other things, the actor discussed how he prepared to take on the role of Dean Moriarty; how he related to, and what he took away from, the character; and how he developed chemistry with Stewart during their rehearsal period.

Question (Q): What was your favorite part about filming this movie?

Garrett Hedlund (GH): I think it was all the opportunities that I got to have, meeting the real-life people from the book, like the family members or the writers that I respect, who are still around today. We got to meet in preparation for this. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Also, working with Walter, who I think is the greatest. All the cast members were undeniable company. I think it was unfair to have this great of an experience.

Q: How did you mentally prepare to play a character who has zero responsibility to anything other than his momentary desires?

GH: From the beginning, obviously because Dean Moriarty is fashioned after Neal Cassady, I just tried to study up all I could on Neal. I read his book, Kerouac’s books and everything that speaks of Neal, like his letters, and see how his thought process was. They’re all very personal, so you get such an insight into who he was, and where he’d been.

At the beginning of filming, Walter had said to Sam, you’re not playing Jack Kerouac, you’re playing Sal Paradise. To me, he said, you’re not playing Neal Cassady, you’re playing Dean Moriarty, so let the unpealing process begin. When Kerouac wrote this, it was half experience, half imagination. So feel free to let your imagination take the reins, and infuse it with this spontaneous book. I don’t know how to particularly describe playing someone like that, but that’s what we tried to do.

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The Secret to Playing Dean? A Lot of Coffee
21 Dec, 2012