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There have been many previous attempts to get the film made since the 1950s. Author Jack Kerouac sought to have himself play Sal Paradise opposite Marlon Brando as Dean Moriarty. In 1990, Francis Ford Coppola was set to direct with Ethan Hawke as Sal, Winona Ryder as Marylou and Brad Pitt as Dean. Later, Joel Schumacher was attached to direct with Billy Crudup as Sal and Colin Farrell as Dean. Gus Van Sant was later involved as a potential director.
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Because Amy Adams had just become a mother when shooting began and she's playing a drug addict on the movie, she decided to not use much make-up and incorporate her natural tiredness due to having a baby to the role.
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Kristen Stewart agreed to a salary less than $200,000 after the film's budget was drastically cut. Stewart remained committed to the role of Marylou out of her love for the original novel by Jack Kerouac.
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Johnny Depp turned down the role of Sal Paradise when the film was in early development in the early 90s.
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Filming began in August 2010 in Montreal, Canada. From Montreal the cast traveled to Quebec, Calgary, Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, California, Argentina, and Chile.
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Kirsten Dunst discussed the movie with Walter Salles' in 2006. She was the first actor cast.
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Beat scholar Brian Hassett pointed out some of the multiple sources beyond the novel also used/referenced/seen in the movie: Director Walter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera used the scroll version of On The Road (published 2007), not the 1957 edition, as the working blueprint. And then all sorts of little touches were added from Neal, Jack & Allen's letters, Carolyn Cassady's autobiography, the 2 different LuAnne Henderson interviews, "The Town And The City," Jack's audio recordings and articles and notebooks, Allen Ginsberg's "Denver Doldrums," "Dakar Doldrums" and the "Martyrdom and Artifice" journals, John Clellon Holmes' "Go," Gifford & Lee's oral biography "Jack's Book" - all noticed specifically.
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Before filming began, director Walter Salles had the cast do a three week 'beatnik boot camp'. Kristen Stewart described it as three weeks of nothing but literature about the beatnik generation and listening to audio interviews from Jack Kerouac.
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Brad Pitt and Ethan Hawke auditioned when they were young. In 2005, Joel Schumacher planned a version with Colin Farrell and Billy Crudup as the lead characters. When Walter Salles was finally able to make the movie he auditioned many actors including James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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Based on the book 'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac, which was written in 1951 and published in 1957.
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Official selection at the Cannes International Film Festival 2012.
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Viggo Mortensen's character is based on writer William S. Burroughs. Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch (1991) was adapted onto film by David Cronenberg. Mortensen appeared in Cronenberg's films A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).
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Francis Ford Coppola purchased the movie rights in 1979 and labored over many years on screenplay adaptations with the likes of Michael Herr, Barry Gifford and his own son, Roman Coppola. When Coppola Sr saw Walter Salles' movie The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), he felt he had found the right man to finally make the film.
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Lindsay Lohan was considered for the role of Marylou.
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As part of his preparation for the film, Walter Salles made a documentary "Searching for On the Road" in which he took the same route traveled by Jack Kerouac years earlier.
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Kristen Stewart was cast on the strength of her performance in Into the Wild (2007).
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Was picked up for US distribution on May 8, 2012 by IFC Films, Sundance Selects, and AMC.
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Released one year after Michael Sarrazin's death
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Sam Riley was cast after Walter Salles caught his performance in Control (2007).
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Kirsten Dunst was first choice for the part of Camille.
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This was the final film for Michael Sarrazin. He died the year prior to this film's release.
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In the book, Dean Moriarty is described as a nervous bundle of energy, an incessant talker whose rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness patter makes him an endearing character and forges his bond with Sal. His trademark "Yes, yes" is used as an interjection to punctuate his nonstop monologues. In the film all sense of this is lost as Dean has fairly little to say, and his "Yes, yes," frequently spoken but mostly standing on its own, gives the opposite impression that he's not very good with words.
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Screenwriter Jose Rivera produced about 20 drafts of the screenplay.
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It took roughly five years between Walter Salles agreeing to make the film and actually getting round to filming it, mainly down to financing that fell through. Garrett Hedlund was attached from the start and stayed committed throughout all the fiscal ups and downs. In the intervening five years, every time he was about to commit to a film, he would make sure it was OK with Salles first.
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Sal Paradise is presented as the typical Hollywood stereotype of a writer: a thin, wan, introverted spectator of life; a wallflower who sits in the corner writing about the adventures of others, and is drawn into them reluctantly himself. But Jack Kerouac was a star athlete with an imposing physical presence who went to Columbia University on a football scholarship (after turning down offers from Boston College and Notre Dame). In the book, Kerouac's avatar Sal Paradise begins as a neophyte to the "beat" lifestyle but embraces it wholeheartedly and jumps in with both feet. In fact, the idea of experiencing life in every way imaginable rather than watching from the sidelines is his intent from the beginning and the whole point of the book.
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The character Bull Lee represents real life author William S. Burroughs, who briefly used the pen name William Lee.
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Jack Kerouac was very devoted to his mother, and lived with her - or she with him - on and off throughout his life. The film depicts this fairly accurately. But in the book, the character representing his mother was identified as Sal's "aunt". She mostly served the purpose of someone Sal could call and ask to send money as he often found himself flat broke while on the road. Later novels explored their mother-son relationship in detail.
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Bull Lee's home in Algiers, Louisiana appears to be a country estate on a large, heavily wooded property with no apparent nearby neighbors. But Algiers is an old, densely populated neighborhood of New Orleans, just across the river from the French Quarter. It is impossible to imagine William S. Burroughs, the inspiration for Bull Lee, living in a rural environment.
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This is touted as Michael Sarrazin's final role, but Michael Sarrazin does not appear in the movie.
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