Other items helped production, as the passion of the actors for the original work. [Like] Kristen Stewart, who [plays] Marylou. “‘On the Road’ was one of her favorite book,” says Salles, who directed the star of “Twilight” without problems, even in scenes of total nudity.
“There is a quality in libertarian Marylou, a desire for experimentation and Kristen knew well.” Sam Riley, who plays Kerouac’s alter ego, Sal Paradise, and Garrett Hedlund (his friend Dean Moriarty), embarked soon after. But who was impressed Viggo Mortensen in the role of William Burroughs. “He came ready set, with the clothes of the character, the typewriter and the gun he used in 1949. It was an impressive transformation.”
How [was] the casting? And the technical staff?
Most of the cast was asked early in the process, five years ago. Kirsten Dunst was the first person I was talking to [for] Camille. Garrett Hedlund appeared in audition, coming directly from the farm where he lived in Minnesota, near Fargo, the city where the Coen brothers filmed. He brought a text about the trip he had made. It was as remarkable as his test. Sam Riley also did a great test after I’ve seen Control, and was charmed by his performance as Ian Curtis. Kristen Stewart was invited almost as soon as Kirsten Dunst, thanks to Gustavo Santaolalla and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who had seen the first cut of the film by Sean Penn, Into the Wild. They said to stop looking [for Marylou], because we just saw a 16 year[-old girl who is] perfect the [for the] role. I remember I had to write at the time Kristen’s name.