Filming didn’t get off to a great start for On the Road star Sam Riley, who plays narrator Sal Paradise in the adaptation of the Jack Kerouac classic. As the movie opens, Paradise’s father has just died, and fellow Brit Tom Sturridge, playing Carlo Marx analogue Allen Ginsberg, comes up and whispers a Hebrew dirge in his ear, an attempt at comfort.
There they were, two English guys still relatively early in their careers, excited to be kicking off the making of a movie that took decades to realize. And things went well for a few hours—until suddenly the clouds rolled in, the sky went black and the rain started pelting them like marbles. They took refuge from the thunderstorm in their trailer, wondering whether they might simply be sent home.
“We were laughing that it was Kerouac and Ginsberg pissing on us because they didn’t want two English guys playing them,” Mr. Riley told The Observer, sitting across a coffee table at the Regency Hotel.
Mr. Riley’s long, rangy figure looms, whereas Kerouac was compact, but in his sweatshirt and Levi’s he could almost pass for a dressed-down postwar college boy. “To be able to play Jack Kerouac or Sal Paradise,” Mr. Riley muses in his thick Leeds accent, “it’s mad to me.”
Ahead of it’s release, another US trailer has been released for On the Road. Watch it in full below:
Another new poster for On the Road has just been released online, ahead of the film’s December US release date. Enjoy!
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With huge thanks to the ever-amazing Luciana, we have 807 super Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Sam as Sal Paradise from On the Road, which has already been released in several countries including the UK this past Friday. The film is going to be available to buy from Amazon.fr from tomorrow, in both DVD and Blu-Ray format. I have already seen the UK version of the film (the caps are from the original, longer version), and think the entire cast did an amazing job, especially Sam, Garrett and Kristen. Make sure you check out all of the images!
Film Productions > On the Road (2012) > Screen Captures (Blu-Ray)
This is another biographical film; did you feel as though it was a continuation from Control?
There are elements of it that are similar. It’s another one, playing someone who is loved around the world; idealised in some way I think. No pressure, again!
Did this familiarity help you?
Maybe. I wasn’t really aware of that. I didn’t think that. The thing was with Control that I didn’t have anything to lose then. I was working in a warehouse in Leeds and pulling pints in pubs so if I fucked it up it wouldn’t have mattered anyway because at least I was earning a little bit more money and had an opportunity to do something different. This time, if I messed this one up I would have to do different types of films to earn my living or something like that. More pressure this time!
I have just added 15 HQ stills of Sam from 13, as well as 05 new stills from On the Road (plus I replaced a lot of the smaller stills). Enjoy!
On the back of the announcement that On the Road would be having a special presentation at TIFF, a new teaser trailer has been released for US audiences. Watch it in full below:
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TIFF have announced their schedule for the upcoming festival, which features showings of both On the Road and Byzantium and an appearance by Sam, according to the official press release (thanks Lindsey!)
On the Road – Special Presentation
Thursday September 6 – Ryerson Theatre 9:00 PM
Byzantium – Special Presentation
Sunday September 9 – Ryerson Theatre – 9:00 PM
It was announced this afternoon that On the Road has been added to the impressive line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival. This will be the film’s North American premiere, so hopefully Sam will be in attendance!
On The Road | Walter Salles, France/Brazil North American Premiere
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On The Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast-talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of it – the pure essence of experience. Seeking unchartered terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounter an eclectic mix of men and women, each adding meaning to their desire for a new way of life. The screenplay is by Jose Rivera (Academy Award nominee for The Motorcycle Diaries), while Executive Producer Francis Ford Coppola has been developing the project since 1978. Also stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
A new UK/international trailer for On the Road was released by MSN a few hours ago, and features several new shots, and lots more of Sam! Watch it in full below, and see HD captures in the gallery.
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