Kristen Stewart talks “Beatnik boot camp” for Kerouac’s “On the Road”

By Kim Palacios Kstew has never before sounded as jazzed about anything as she does now for “On the Road”. The film begins shooting in August, and the star took some time to talk to MTV Rough Cut’s Josh Horowitz about preparing for the role.

“I’m really nervous, like honestly and genuinely really nervous about it, but, like, not in a bad way,” explained the star.” People think nerves are a bad thing. I love them. They get you ready to do something big. I’m stoked.”

And, why is she so nervous? The actress revealed how much she feels she still has to learn about the era. “There’s going to be a four week Beatnik boot camp in Montreal that’s gonna be amazing because I haven’t read everything those guys read,” Stewart said.

Viewed by many as the quintessential tale of the Beat generation, Kerouac’s 1957 work is an American classic. Its portrayal of Kerouac’s own Beatnik experience, which rejected social norms of materialism while embracing taboos around sexuality and drugs, earned the work enduring recognition. In 2005, TIME Magazine critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo named it among the 100 Best American Novels written since 1923, calling it “the book that launched a thousand trips”.

“There’s a huge education process that’s going to take place with the whole cast. And it’s a small movie, so to have that much time is just awesome,” concluded Stewart.

“On the Road” is scheduled for release in 2011.

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