There’s a lot of sex in On The Road, director Walter Salles‘ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic semi-autobiographical post-war drifter novel from the Beat generation.
It’s in cars, in fields, and even in beds.
It’s with men, women, and men and women.
They’re Beating it, all right.
At a special event recently, I met Garrett Hedlund, who plays Twilight star Kristen Stewart‘s man, a character based on Neal Cassady, one of that crowd’s top icons.
Hedlund told me the racy scenes didn’t bother the cast that much.
“You laugh at them as a reader,” he said, “and when you have to perform them, you shed some inhibitions and fears.
“You swallow it and pretend time doesn’t exist right now and you’re not you and at the end of the day, you don’t remember what you did but you hope it’s good.”
And then you watch the movie sitting next to your mother and sister–who didn’t bat an eye!
Hedlund said it was actually more challenging to perform the famous lines from the book because they’re ingrained into the collective consciousness.
He added, “A girlfriend once sent me a birthday card saying, ‘The only people for me are the mad ones’.
“I thought, ‘Ah, she gets me!’ “
And Salles gets Kristen Stewart.
As he told me, “She’s attracted by roles that trespass borders and she gives life to these characters with passion and intelligence.
“Yes, I do feel she’s fearless.”