With his highly anticipated film "On the Road" set to hit theaters on December 21, Garrett Hedlund sexed up the December/January 2012-13 issue of Interview magazine.
The 28-year-old actor rocked an extra scruffy mug for the Robbie Fimmano shot front page while opening up about topics including hit music career to his brand new film.
Highlights from Mr. Hedlund's chat with Jeff Bridges are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Interview!
On his music career:
"I've been getting there. I had to play a little bit in this last film, and I've been tinkering around and writing things here and there. But that's about it. I was busy working on this little project in New York called Lullaby, where Richard Jenkins and I play father and son. Terrence Howard and Amy Adams are also both in it."
On his new film, "On the Road":
"Yeah. I remember, at first, looking it up and seeing that Francis Ford Coppola was attached to the film, and I was like, "Shit. I'll never get a chance at this." But then, like, eight years later, I was on set doing it. I remember all of us kind of pinching each other and saying, "Man, we're filming On the Road." But I think there were a number of different incarnations of what the movie was gonna be, from Jean-Luc Godard filming it, to Gus Van Sant doing it, to all these other directors who were rumored to be involved—I think Roman Coppola was even going to direct it at one point. There were also a bunch of different versions of the script: one that Barry Gifford had written and one that Roman was planning to write. But I think it was after Sundance, the year that Walter [Salles] was there with The Motorcycle Diaries , that he was approached about possibly doing the film. Obviously, Walter had just come from doing a road film, so I think he was like, "Well, if I'm gonna do this"—which he was unsure of at the time—"then I'm going to have to immerse myself in it." So he ended up going across the country for five or six years doing research before they'd even completed a script, which José Rivera, who worked with Walter on The Motorcycle Diaries, eventually wrote. So it was a long time in the making. I also think that since Walter is Brazilian, he maybe didn't feel like he was the right person to make this movie unless he'd really absorbed it all. I mean, he'd read the book at a young age himself and was very inspired by it."
On his passion for photography:
" Yeah. I must have taken more than 1,200 photos while we were making On the Road. The funny thing is that I bought your book of photography [Pictures: Photographs by Jeff Bridges, 2003] about four years before we even worked together...I find it harder and harder to take pictures on sets now because the digital cameras they use to make films allow you to shoot in low light, whereas my Widelux just can't open up enough. But I'm still making those little books and stuff and trying to take as many pictures as I can. I love it. But on the subject of things we have in common, I wanted to ask you: How was it working with Jane Fonda on Georgia Rule? I worked with her years ago."