"The difficulties we encountered were mainly due to the complexity of the project and the need to make the film with a small budget [U.S. $ 25 million]. But the limits have worked in favor of the film."
Other items helped production, as the passion of the actors for the original book. That´s the case of Kristen Stewart, who lives Marylou. "'On the Road' was one of her favorite book," says Salles, who directed the star of "Twilight" with no problem, even in scenes of total nudity. "There is a quality of freedom in Marylou, a desire for experimentation and Kristen knew well."
"Most of the cast was invited early in the process, five years ago. [..] Kristen Stewart was invited almost as soon as Kirsten Dunst, thanks to Gustavo Santaolalla and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who had seen the first cut of the film by Sean Penn, Into the Wild. They said that 'we could stop looking for Marylou, because we just saw a 16 years old girl that was perfect for the role'. I remember I had to make a note of Kristen´s name at that time."
At a dinner, his fellow Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu tells him about a young actress who has caught the eye in Into the Wild , Sean Penn. "It was he who suggested I take Kristen Stewart for the role of Marylou, well before she became famous thanks to Twilight. When I met her, she told me on the road was her favorite book!"
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