Spending time with Garrett Hedlund

"On the Road" is in theaters now.

Upon my entering the room, Garrett Hedlund asks, “What time is it?” I counter by asking if he really wants to know. “Nah, doesn’t matter,” he replies with a shrug. Such is the life of an actor promoting a film. And in the spirit of his latest, the screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation classic “On the Road,” Hedlund is trying distinctly to go with the flow.

This is quite a revealing role for you. How do you tackle on-screen nudity?

Another day, another buck. (laughs) No, it’s fine. It’s paying homage to the characters that you read about in the book. You can’t let your fears and ambitions get in the way of showing the true version of what you read and what intrigued you in the first place.

Is there added pressure in taking on important literary material?

My most honest explanation is it’s more self-imposed pressure than anything if you respect these people as much as you feel like you do. I respected the book so much and I admired Neal Cassady/Dean Moriarty so much in the way he approached life, so I had more pressure within myself to push myself to go there and live life in that manner and experience it to the fullest, to be able to not seem like you’re acting every day. It was like this chunk of time was our opportunity to be as crazy as you want to be or be as wild or free as we wanted to be. It’s like, you only get one shot. Do not miss your chance. (laughs) Don’t quote the Eminem part, please.

Your co-star Tom Sturridge isn’t the only young actor to take on playing Allen Ginsberg. James Franco did it recently in “Howl,” and Daniel Radcliffe plays him next year in “Kill Your Darlings.” Which Ginsberg do you think would win in a fight?

Tom’s dirty, man. Just watch him dance. He will be unpredictable when it comes to a square-off. He’s got these moves. If you’d seen the scenes in the alleyway where he jumps on my back like a monkey, you don’t know what somebody could do to you in that situation. If they had a pencil, you could be jugular-ized. (laughs)

Do you worry about stuff like that when you’re hanging out with Tom?

No, no. I think… Tom’s so great, let’s go with Tom.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

De Blasio calling on more New Yorkers to…

Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking New Yorkers to be a little more selfless. The mayor’s office announced a campaign on Monday aimed at encouraging…

Local

New York's Met Opera braces for 'Death of…

New York's Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday as protesters get ready to picket "The Death of Klinghoffer."

News

Ebola worries end for dozens on U.S. watch…

Weeks of worries about Ebola infection ended for dozens of people who came off watch lists in the United States on Monday.

National

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for…

By Kate KellandLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored…

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Oct. 20: 'Sleepy Hollow,'…

This week's monster is the Weeping Lady, but it turns out she might have a connection to Ichabod's past. He's such a heartbreaker.

Entertainment

Adam McKay: Teaching economics via 'My Little Pony'…

"Anchorman" director and Funny or Die co-founded Adam McKay has a thing for being entertaining. So for his entry in Morgan Spurlock's massive, ambitious anthology…

Movies

Interview: Michael Keaton on his 'Birdman' comeback and…

Michael Keaton says "it feels good" about "Birdman" serving as his comeback, and talks about critics and people thinking his new film is about superheroes.

The Word

The Word: Ariana Grande's life coach? Miley Cyrus.

It's tough being a Disney Channel alum turned international pop star, mostly because thee are so few people who really get what you're going through.…

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

NFL

Jets trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin: Report

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jets have sent a conditional draft pick to the Seahawks for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Parenting

Cool book for kids: 'The Princess In Black'

"The Princess In Black" will change the way girls view princesses.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…

Wellbeing

Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…

Education

Can these two college students come up with…

Two Atlanta college students say they have an idea for a simple test that would quickly diagnosis the Ebola virus - and it all started…