Garrett Hedlund on Taking Tron: Legacy, Working with Jeff Bridges, and Filming On the Road
09.29.10 by Ryan
Garrett Hedlund was a relative unknown when cast as the lead in director Joseph Kosinski's upcoming sequel, Tron: Legacy. Hedlund told Collider that he wasn't initially sold on the sequel, which comes 26 years after the original.
I went to go meet with Joseph Kosinski and [producer] Sean Bailey, maybe about three or four months before I was cast, and they showed me the effects footage that Joseph had created. In terms of that room, I walked in uncertain and I walked out driven. I didn't know I was going to walk in and be shown something like that, that was that unforeseeable. I just thought it was the coolest thing that I had never imagined. Being an audience member and being a fan of film and going to see all these films, that was something I hadn't seen. That was the appeal, in part. It was something new and something unbelievably new. I was fortunate enough to be able take this ride with everyone.
Once cast, Hedlund gained a huge respect for the returning Jeff Bridges, who he considers an inspiration.
I think he’s just incredible and genuine, and filled with life and inspiration. He’s inspired by so many things, like music, literature, philosophy and spirituality, and all these things. It’s infectious. It’s such a privilege for me to be able to have the chance to work with him. I know that each of these actors that I completely admire make me a better actor. I had the opportunity to watch them on set and see how they compose themselves on and off, and how much work they put into it. It inspires me to work harder on every film that I do and never cease.
That work ethic will come in handy on Hedlund's next project, On the Road, the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic novel, which Hedlund describes as "quite a guerrilla shoot" compared to Tron: Legacy. Hedlund plays the role of Dean Moriarty, and believes the part to be a dream role.
Just personally, I've been attached to On the Road since 2007 and it was the greatest thing in my life when I got cast in it. I couldn't believe it. When I was 17 and read the book, I looked it up on IMDb and it said that Francis Ford Coppola was going to direct it. Me just being a kid about to graduate high school, I knew I would never get a shot at it. Now, it’s eight years later and I’m on the set of On the Road. Every day, me and Sam Riley would look at each other and just be like, "We're f**kin’ filming On the Road."