In Brief 2012

Viggo Mortensen emphasizes validity of Jack Kerouac in view of current protests


The actor presents in Cannes the film adaptation of On the Road, the writer's key novel and exponent of the Beat generation.

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CANNES - The current global socio-political situation gives a special force to the film On the Road, by Brazilian Walter Salles, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac. So believes the actor Viggo Mortensen, who presented the film at the Cannes Festival.

"I see a similar rejection in the protests of young people now," said the actor about the cult novel, which chronicles the rise of the Beat Generation, a post-war group of writers, artists and poets who claimed life on the edge in a conservative American society.

Mortensen, who read the novel when he was 17 or 18, and since then has re-read it a couple of times, considers that what the book proposes has to be relived.

"You must reread it to relive it and then you realize how important it is in the current protests," said the actor, for whom in the recent demonstrations there´s a "rejection similar to that which those artists felt."

That´s why the film, which for decades they tried to make and passed through several hands before reaching Salles, comes at the right time, the actor insisted.

"What I like about the book," he added, "is the freedom of interpretation that allows you to live it your own way."

Produced by Roman Coppola, the cast On the Road includes Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, among others.
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