From ads to hanging out with Kristen Stewart, how a London actor rose from obscurity to find fame On The Road
(...)LondonEveningStandard But within two weeks of being cast, he flew to Canada to join Sam Riley, in the Kerouac role, and Tom Sturridge, as the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, in the star-studded cast, with Kristen Stewart as the wife of one of the gang.
And Morgan admits it took a little while to get to know Stewart and Mortensen. “They weren’t being distant, I was a bit starstruck. But we went out quite a bit to bars and Kristen would come along. She might have security but most of the time people were cool.”
“At airports, there would be thousands of people screaming ‘Kristen’ and going mental. It must be tough. I don’t envy it. I was very impressed by how well she handles it at such a young age.”
“The composer Gustavo Santaolalla had seen one of the first cuts of Sean Penn’s Into the Wild and was so impressed that he told me, ‘Don’t look anymore for Marylou – just meet this girl’,” the director recalls. “Kristen was indeed everything we were looking for. She knew the book extremely well and she understood Marylou's essence – an independent spirit, a young woman who was way ahead of her time.”
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