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Garrett Hedlund landed dream role in On the Road on his birthday

The actor reveals he fought hard to land the part of literary anti-hero Dean Moriarty in Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road – and he learned he had won the role on his birthday.

Hedlund tells WENN, “I fought for the role in any way I could. I read the book in high school and back then is when I began my search for the possibility. I looked online to see if there was an adaptation of the film and who was directing.

“First, it said Francis Ford Coppola, and I said, ‘S**t, I’ll never get a chance at this!’ That was in high school in Arizona.

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“I read the first draft of the script over Thanksgiving in 2006 in L.A. and met with Walter in March 2007 and tested for the roles of Dean and Sal (Paradise). I went to New York that July and tested for just Dean.

“Finally on my birthday in September Walter called me and told me I got the part. At that point it was the most unbelievable thing to happen.”

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