Garrett visited Stella Artois’ Cannes Cinema Club during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

The 27-year-old actor talked with friends for a few hours while munching on chocolate, caramel popcorn, and Bugles. He chatted about his time at the amfAR gala with girlfriend Kirsten Dunst, his days as a mascot for the Huskies at Arizona’s Horizon High, and swimming with sharks in the Bahamas.

Garrett – whose Cannes trip marked the first time he’s been to France – will be flying back to Los Angeles tomorrow to start work on his new film, Lullaby, co-starring Amy Adams and Terrence Howard.

The project was written by and will be helmed by Andrew Levitas (his directorial debut).


Stella Artois' Cannes Cinema Club
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26 May, 2012

I know there was extensive research for this film, with the real-life people involved and the Beat generation. How was that process for you in playing Dean Moriarty, who’s based on Neal Cassady? I know you spoke to Neal Cassady’s son John.

Garrett Hedlund: Yeah. It was really important for me, the trip that Walter Salles and I took to San Francisco to meet with John, it was very beneficial because I’d went with a notepad full of questions. And you have Neal Cassady’s son there, for five hours. We also spent time with people like Michael McClure, beat writers who were very much within this realm. I also spent the day with Carolyn Cassady, who’s still going strong and has such a wonderful, vivid memory of who her husband was. Through their stories you got to understand a soul that’s maybe not portrayed as much in the book. John Cassady said, “Jack wrote this and Jack wrote that, but my dad was such a loving father.” He told us some great fun stories. He remembered riding with him in the car and Neal, his Dad, was smoking what he thought was a Camel cigarette, but it smelled a little bit funny (laughs). It was a wonderful thing having John around, with him and I becoming buddies. He was a wonderful sort of co-pilot for this adventure.

Other than reading Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road,’ was there any particular material from Neal Cassady that helped inform your performance?

Garrett Hedlund: Neal Cassady had written this book called ‘The First Third,’ which was very helpful because it’s kind of like his diary in a way. It gave so much of his self. You got to see this rare, visceral spirit. That was a big help. Plus with the Scroll version of ‘One The Road’ that came out after the books 50th anniversary, that was a wonderful help because it was sort of a raw version of the book. The one that came out was cut down in terms of censorship, but the scroll version was very honest. That was very helpful.


 Garrett's Interview For ‘On The Road’
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25 May, 2012

3 young actors seize the day, go ‘On the Road’

Kristen Stewart understands the lure of the open road. So do her “On The Road” co-stars, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.

The three young actors play the central love triangle in Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation novel, an experience that has helped them appreciate why the book is considered a classic.

The tale of wannabe writer (and Kerouac surrogate) Sal Paradise and his friend Dean Moriarty crisscrossing the United States in search of freedom and the elusive “it” was published in 1957. But Stewart said the way it captures the heady feeling of young adulthood is timeless.

“You’re so filled with something that is hard to identify at this age,” said the “Twilight” star, who plays Dean’s teenage bride Marylou, a free spirit torn between the lure of adventure and desire for a more settled life.

“You’re just bursting, and (the characters) value that so much,” said Stewart, who is just 22 herself. “They don’t ignore it. That celebration of youth and exploration is just something that you envy.

“I read it right at the point when I was about to get my (driver’s) license, and I thought, wow, I want to meet people who push me the way people push each other. I wanted to be more like them.”

Minnesota-born Hedlund (“Troy,” ”Tron: Legacy”) plays the carnal, vital Moriarty, a character modeled on Kerouac’s friend Neal Cassady. He said some things have changed since Kerouac wrote his freewheeling, impressionistic story,

“Back then a car was 100 bucks and all you had to choose between was a radio and a heater, and things seemed a little freer,” said the 27-year-old actor. “The roads seemed more open than they are today, but a young person’s ambitions are still the same. Everybody between the ages of 17 and 21 or 22 still feels that they can achieve anything they want in life if they are ambitious enough.”


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25 May, 2012

Kirsten’s dress was beautiful.

The annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala took place at the Hotel du Cap in France today. The glamorous event has occurred during the Cannes Film Festival for almost two decades and this year brought out many stars, including a L’Wren Scott-clad Julianna Margulies and her husband Keith Lieberthal, as well as Alec Baldwin and his fiancée Hilaria Thomas. Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, in Chanel, continued their red-carpet run with another appearance for the cameras after stepping out most recently for the Nights in Monaco Gala in Monte Carlo. Kirsten Dunst chose blue Louis Vuitton gown and sat with boyfriend and On the Road costar Garrett Hedlund during dinner. Milla Jovovich, who we chatted with last night at L’Oréal’s bash, wore a metallic look by Atelier Versace while Kylie Minogue brought a pop of color in red. Petra Nemcova also chose the bright hue while model Doutzen Kroes went with white.


Garrett and Kirsten Attend the amFAR Gala
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24 May, 2012

Just a quick video where you can see Kristen’s, Sam’s, and Garrett’s reactions. It looks like the whole thing was very emotional for all of them.

Thank you, Mercer Lives, for the link!

OTR Cast Reaction to Standing Ovation
24 May, 2012

ON THE ROAD KRISTEN SAM GARRETT INTERVIEW (Video) – The cast of On the Road continues their interview with Screenslam as star Kristen Stewart speaks about having to switch gears between filming On the Road and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Sam Riley speaks about the 70′s era of cinema as well as joking around with Garrett Hedlund about having to take his clothes off on set.

“I didn’t want to do anything after this. It raises the bar for, of course the work that you do, but just the experiences that you want to have and why you do the work you do.” – Kristen Stewart

“I don’t think there’s any actors that are working today that don’t admire the era of cinema, particularly in America – the 70′s era.” – Sam Riley


Screenslam On the Road Interview - Part 4 of 5
24 May, 2012