Garrett Hedlund covers Interview mag: too scruffy or hot & Fassbender-esque?

Garrett Hedlund

Garrett Hedlund covers the December/January issue of Interview magazine to promote the upcoming release of On the Road. Overall, I think Garrett is pretty hot and a fine actor who also managed to somehow star alongside Goop in Country Strong and go on to do much better things — such as this long-gestating Walter Salle’s project that will finally bring Jack Kerouac’s most revered book to the big screen and which stars Garrett as Dean Moriarty (a.k.a. Neal Cassady). If his presence in this cover article on the cusp of awards season is any indication, Garrett might ever-so-slightly be positioning himself (like co-star Kristen Stewart) “for your consideration.” Does he have what it takes? We’ll find out soon enough.

This photoshoot, however, is a mixed bag. For one thing I’m struck by the close resemblance of this shoot to Michael Fassbender’s own Interview magazine spread nearly a year ago. I mean, Garrett’s not beckoning us with only a sheet to hide his modesty, but some of the other shots have a very similar feel. However, Garrett is also looking a bit too grubby here, and I really don’t understand what’s going on in this particular photo where Garrett appears to have barbed wire shoved up his nose.

Garrett Hedlund

The interview itself, which was conducted by Jeff Bridges (he and Garrett lovingly refer to each other as “dad” and “son”) isn’t as captivating as the images at hand, but here are some excerpts:

Garrett Hedlund

Troy was his first acting gig: “Well, back in Minnesota, one of the only ways you could leave the farm was through sport. That’s why everybody in the Midwest–or at least where I grew up–is a triathlete. We all just wanted to get out. But for me, the way to get out was acting. I remember, when we moved to Arizona, I worked at a restaurant and paid a coach $60 a week to do monologues with me. I actually almost ran away from home about a year before I came to L.A. I was living in Arizona and I didn’t want to spend that last year in high school. So I ended up doubling up on credits so I could graduate a semester early in December, and then went to L.A., and then by the time the rest of my class actually graduated, I was already on set filming. So I was lucky to have followed that instinct.”

The long road to On the Road: “I remember, at first, looking it up and seeing that Francis Ford Coppola was attached to the film, and I was like, ‘Sh-t. I’ll never get a chance at this.’ But then, like, eight years later, I was on set doing it. I remember all of us kind of pinching each other and saying, ‘Man, we’re filming On the Road.’ But I think there were a number of different incarnations of what the movie was gonna be, from Jean-Luc Godard filming it, to Gus Van Sant doing it, to all these other directors who were rumored to be involved–I think Roman Coppola was even going to direct it at one point. But I think it was after Sundance, the year that Walter [Salles] was there with The Motorcycle Diaries [2004], that he was approached about possibly doing the film. So it was a long time in the making. I also think that since Walter is Brazilian, he maybe didn’t feel like he was the right person to make this movie unless he’d really absorbed it all. I mean, he’d read the book at a young age himself and was very inspired by it.”

He loved the book: “I’d read it in high school. It’s funny that I got to do On the Road because the thing that had the biggest impact on me growing up was reading books. I was very inspired by the book and this spirit of Dean Moriarty and how envious we all are of somebody who can be that carefree. I also always thought of myself as more like the Sal Paradise character–you know, being a listener and writing about a conversation more than being the one that others listened to. So it was interesting that I got to play Dean. I actually signed on to do On the Road before we started on Tron, but we were in flux for a while, just sort of playing the waiting game, trying to get the right budget and the right cast. I think I first met with Walter in March of 2007. But I told Walter that I wouldn’t do another film until we did On the Road, so I had a lot of time to do my own research–to go up to San Francisco to City Lights bookstore, to watch video interviews of Neal Cassady with Allen Ginsberg, to sit in Vesuvio [Cafe] and visit Jack Kerouac Alley, to go to the Beat Museum and things. We had time, so Walter and I also did road trips and talked to people, be it family members of some of the people who were around the Beats or other writers. But it was really just about finding something that we could add to the story beyond what was on the page, even if only from life experience. I mean, I grew up around country roads, but this was a different route that these guys took. Eventually, though, it all came to fruition.”

[From Interview Magazine]

Ultimately, you really have to like On the Road as a book to get into this interview, and I’m sort of there. I liked the book well enough, but I didn’t really grab onto it as a thing. Back when my peers were enjoying the hell out of it, I was really getting into Anne Rice novels. Hey, that was my vampire phase, and at least those weren’t sparkly vamps.

However, I am still struck by this Interview spread. It’s positively Fassbender-esque, right?

Garrett Hedlund

Garrett Hedlund

Garrett Hedlund

Garrett Hedlund

Photos courtesy of Interview magazine

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  1. Sandra says:

    On the road is one of the biggest pieces of trash literature the 20th century has given us. Not because of the actual book itself (which I’m not a fan of anyways), but because of the people idolizing it. Instead of serving as an interesting piece for criticizing the Western exploitation and fetishizing of foreign cultures, it’s raised to the sky as some sort of guide on how life should be spent, how it was better and more pure back then with no morals etc..

  2. carrie says:

    if you has seen ON THE ROAD thé movie,he’s totally in thé spirit of thé character on thé pics

  3. GoodCapon says:

    Wow they obviously tried too hard in this photoshoot.

    Am I the only one who always confuses ‘On The Road’ by Kerouac with ‘The Road’ by McCarthy?

  4. smiley says:

    Why is Sam Riley never mentioned or given any media coverage ,he is the main character 2 ,nvr seen him on red carpet too,i guess he has bettr things to do in his life

  5. Onasan says:

    On the cover picture he reminds me a lot of the lead singer of Soundgarden.

  6. Dorothy#1 says:

    Hot!!! He kinda looks like Jason Ritter in these pictures too, right??

  7. poppy says:

    garret was the high point in country strong. he was by far the only thing of interest in that awful film.
    country strong- if you want to see a terrible story acted terribly.
    oh how the mighty goop has fallen.

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Who the hell is this?!?! He’s hot!!

  9. Just Me says:

    Well hello there, Garrett Hedlund! Didn’t know anything about you before, but my if you aren’t looking all types of fvckhot!

  10. stellalovejoydiver says:

    I think he is beautiful, but he does absolutely nothing for me.

  11. Mew says:

    Somehow more Depp-esque than Fassy-esque but leaves me cold. Nah.

  12. natalina says:

    He only looks hot on the cover, the rest he’s trying too hard

  13. mia girl says:

    I think he looks hot.

    @Kaiser – you might be in such a Fassbender-dong induce trance that you cant help but see things through a Fassy prism. I’m not seeing the strong similarities.

  14. Jess says:

    Yeah, he’s hot. No doubt about it.

  15. Happy21 says:

    He is one of the most smokin’ hot actors (look-wise) out there right now. He always takes my breath away…sigh…

    I loathe Goop but watched Country Strong and he made the movie. He was great.

    Hedlund also has a bit part in Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” video. Men and trucks…another sigh…

  16. j.eyre says:

    Looks pretty good with a little grime on the edges…

    And, speaking (though no one was) of Permanent Hit List qualifiers – Jeff Bridges! *grits teeth, makes strangled sound in throat, fans self – drops*

  17. kate says:

    he is greasy as hell in these photos.

    but i’d still hit it

  18. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I’m getting Skeet Ulrich (anyone remember him? He was like the budget Johnny Depp) vibes from these photos.
    Hedlund looks better in these than he does on red carpets/real life. If he has dyed his hair dark for a film role or something, he should keep it like this, much better than blonde.

  19. aston martin says:

    Holy Lord and God, thank you for creating this being. Although I had no idea who the hell he was until today. I could look at that cover photo all the livelong day. And then “think about it” at night. ;)

    sheesh. Pack it in, Pitt. Watch your back Fassbender.

  20. Jane says:

    It was “love” at first sight when I saw him in Troy ;) and some how he just keeps getting hotter. I hope he sticks around for a while.

  21. Christina says:

    The style of this photo shoot might be similar to the Fassy one, but that is where the similarities end, at least in my opinion. Garrett Hedlund will never in his life be as sexy as Fassbender. He is a good looking guy, but he does nothing at all for me. There is something about him that turns me off. Not exactly sure what it is. I have not seen him in anything, that I remember, except Four Brothers and I have no desire to see him in anything. He is not at all interesting. Maybe he is one of those actors that is more interesting and/or attractive when he is on screen than in print?? Not sure if I wanna even bother finding out. Meh.