Garrett Hedlund in Unbroken: Neal Cassady's Letter to Jack Kerouac

December 15, 2014 3:42 PM

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You may remember Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty in Walter Salles' On the Road. The Minnesota-born actor played the character inspired by the famed fast talking fast driving, Neal Cassady, son of a Denver wino in the movie based on Jack Kerouac's iconic novel. During his time in New York doing publicity for Salles' 2012 film, Hedlund said a dealer was trying to sell him Cassady's bathroom door. Such is the beat industry! Didn't Johnny Depp buy Kerouac's raincoat? There's the literature, and then there are the artifacts: which is more important, and to whom?

Last week, Hedlund was back in town at a luncheon at the Metropolitan Club celebrating his new film, Unbroken, and its director Angelina Jolie. Sensitive to the importance of keepsakes to history, he spoke about his connection to the story of Unbroken, in which he portrays an American prisoner of wa...

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