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Five For The Diary: Books To Read Before Oscar Season
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Five For The Diary: Books To Read Before Oscar Season | 5. On The Road
5. On The Road

THE BOOK On The Road, by Jack Kerouac (1951)
THE FILM On The Road, directed by Walter Salles

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE Jack Kerouac’s well-thumbed classic has been lending hipster cool to swooning bookshelves for 60-odd years now, but Walter Salles’ adaptation is the first big-screen rendition. Expect more of the book’s boozing, pill-popping, freewheeling thrills than we’d have seen in any Hayes Code-era adaptation. There’ll be equal amounts of jazz, though, as Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) and Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) booze and carouse around ‘50s America torching prejudices and using words like ‘hepcat’ and ‘bop’ a lot.

The book, famously rumoured to have been written by Kerouac in one drug-fuelled download, has been passed around Hollywood down the years before Francis Ford Coppola got hold of it in 1979. The fact that it’s taken 30 years to get made says plenty about the seemingly adaptation-defying text, but Walter Salles and scribe Jose Rivera finally cracked the puzzle, assembling a cast that includes Riley, Hedlund, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst. Salles and Rivera are roadtrip specialists, with Motorcycle Diaries behind them, and Hedlund’s pretty well-travelled too – well, he’s been to the Grid – which should auger well for the film’s October 12 release.

DO SAY “Ginsberg was played by James Franco in Howl and Peter Weller was Burroughs in Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch, so the Beat movie hat-trick is finally complete with Kerouac’s alter ego, Moriarty.”
DON'T SAY “Is this the new Fast & Furious movie?”

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I'm not usually one to complain about these features, but no Cloud Atlas? More

Posted by AxlReznor on Monday October 1, 2012, 17:09

2 Quick Correction
Sal Paradise was Kerouac's alter ego in On the Road, Dean Moriarty was based upon his friend Neal Cassady. Although, you'll be pleased to hear that Burroughs and Ginsberg also have literary equivalents in the novel and I'm guessing, film. All three at once! More

Posted by Roll on Monday October 1, 2012, 15:02

3 No Maguire in Life of Pi
I was sure I read somewhere that Tobey Maguire was cut out of Life of Pi and replaced with Rafe Spall because Magure was too famous or something. Shame... More

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