The Daily Beat: One of the pictures you shared – the one taken by Lu Anne Henderson’s (Marylou in On The Road) daughter, Anne Marie Santos – shows you on the set of the movie. How much time did you spend on the movie set, and what was your role?
Gerald Nicosia: Well I was at Beat Boot Camp, the first drill instructor, in a big loft in Montreal, in July 2010, but that was before shooting started. I was working intensively with the actors Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley, as well as talking with Walter and answering questions from various members of the crew, such as the cinematographer Eric Gautier—one of the sweetest men I ever met—and the wardrobe guy, Danny Glicker, who was also very sweet and carried his little dog (it might have been a Pomeranian) with him everywhere. That was three days and nights of solid work. Then I was on the set for a day in December in San Francisco, just before they wrapped the shoot. But I talked with Walter several times on the phone in between, exchanged emails with him, and gave him several pages of detailed notes on the script.
The Daily Beat: Tell us about your working relationship with Salles and with the actors.
Gerald Nicosia: Well, it was playing tapes, showing photos, answering questions, and just rapping with them. Some of the best stuff took place in the bar of the St.-Sulpice Hotel in Montreal, where we were all staying. Everybody let down, and I really got to know Kristen, Sam, and Garrett—or at least got to know little pieces of them. I liked them all very much—thought they were all very real people, with very real connections to Kerouac and ON THE ROAD. Sam and Garrett drank pretty heavily, and they all smoked heavily—it might have been Gauloises. I was a little bit of a Dutch uncle with them, telling the “kids” they better take care of themselves, and of course they disregarded me and thought I was talking nonsense about adverse health effects many years down the line. Old age versus youth. But seriously, they all had serious stuff in their heads. Kristen was concerned about the plight of veterans—the current crop from Iraq and Afghanistan—and wants to play a disabled female vet. We talked about my book HOME TO WAR. Sam talked about how hard it was to transition from being a good-time music man in a rock band to having to be a heavy-duty lead actor, all because he auditioned for the role of Ian Curtis in CONTROL. Garrett made clear that he was still breaking away from that Minnesota farm he’d grown up on.
The Daily Beat: Can you tell us how accurately the script and the actors interpreted Kerouac, Cassady, and Marylou?
Gerald Nicosia: I don’t know—I haven’t seen the film yet, but they really wanted to do a good job. In fact, they were worrying too much about getting their parts with complete accuracy. I told them to lighten up, to take some of that pressure off, and just to try to convey the hearts, the open-heartedness, of those characters, to a public who didn’t really know them—and that would be enough.
You can read the full interview at The Daily Beat
Watch the video here. (Has some footage of Kristen at London Premiere)
About being able to handle the type of fame Rob and Kristen have received through Twilight: ”Kristen seems like the type of girl that is very much about the acting as well, and so am I. I think she’s been handling it really well. To be honest, I think Twilight was such a phenomenon that I don’t think anything could be on par with that.”
At last night’s premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman, beautiful Twilight star Kristen Stewart walked the green carpet in London’s Leicester Square. She spent a lot of time meeting fans and signing autographs, but she also spoke about her role in the incredible new fantasy adventure.
Here’s some of what she had to say:
Did you have any hesitation about taking on such an iconic role?
At first I was kind of surprised I was doing Breaking Dawn at the time. I didn’t want to focus on anything else I didn’t want to read anything. They were pushing this new project that was such a big opportunity and it was Snow White. I was like really? You really think that’s such a good idea. Then I came to realise very quickly that it was just such a new modern way of presenting someone now who is an ideal woman and kind of like someone who does more now than clean house and chirp at her birds.
Why do you think the time’s right for this version of Snow White?
I think Snow White is a great story to tell now because what we know her to do is she cleans out and chirps at the birds and all that. But you know times have changed ad if you’re going to tell the fairy tale now and make it effective you need to put her in a really dangerous world and see if she can survive and I think we do a pretty good job of doing that.
What makes her such a strong character?
It’s more about being this very steady very strong person that isn’t basically acting like a guy. I think nowadays that’s what everyone does. I think she’s so essentially female I love her I think that she’s awesome!
Do you think the new Snow White is a role model for girls?
It’s great that she can stand tall on her own and she doesn’t do some weird imitation of a guy, she’s so steady and strong. She doesn’t have to be like loud and in your face to get things done. It’s all about being strong in her mind.
But I think it really important not to just call them “girl power” movies. As soon as you qualify why you’re powerful as being “Oh you’re strong… for a girl” then it’s not really the world we live in any more
What’s the relationship like between your character and Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman?
I think the Huntsman wakes her up and saves her absolutely. But at the same time she’s come to realise something before she’s passed that he’s given her a chance to assume in her real life.
It doesn’t really have anything to do with him it really is much more about realising that the light that you see that no one else does is there for a reason and that moment is just when it all clicks. It’s that Joan of Arc moment when all the voices in your head make sense.
Visually what can fans expect from the film?
There’s a lot going on visually. It’s why I wanted to do the movie first of all. I mean Rupert created a world I wanted to live in. Everyone thinks it’s all dark and twisted but it’s really beautiful and at times it’s so unbelievably stunning. That’s why it’s funny to me everyone thinks it’s this dark twisted version.
Rob just had his birthday what did you do to celebrate?
Well I wished him a very happy birthday of course… and there were some presents yeah!
And here’s what Kristen had to say during her On-Stage Interview :
What made you want to become Snow White?
I really like the fact we weren’t faking. I think it’s so much cooler to watch genuine discomfort on screen I can tell you most of the time I’m freezing my butt off or pulling some muscles. In this job is you want to get as close to the real experience as you can I think we did.
Chris Hemsworth has been telling everyone you knocked him out, how do you feel about that?
He’s a cry-baby that’s it! I didn’t mean to do it and he’s still holding this grudge. I don’t know what the deal is.
You kick-Ass in this film why did that appeal to you?
I wasn’t sure I could say ass I sad butt a second ago. I thought it was very awesome to play a girl powering movie whilst still remaining a girl. I think I’ve read a lot of scripts lately where it seems like girl power movies are just about girls imitating someone else. But I think it should be about trusting yourself instead. I think she represents that quite well
You really don’t like riding horses, was that your biggest challange?
I love horses. I love em I just don’t want to ride them. I think it’s important to have hurdles to get over. That was one of the reasons I wanted to do this move there’s a lot I was afraid of. You know I would rather feed them apples and watch them run around saddless. It’s really not my thing; it scared me so much I can’t even begin to tell you!