Tuesday 20 February 2018

On The Road a no-brainer for Riley

Sam Riley couldn't turn down the chance to play Sal Paradise
Sam Riley couldn't turn down the chance to play Sal Paradise

Sam Riley has revealed he "couldn't say no" to playing Sal Paradise in On The Road.

The film - which is based on Jack Kerouac's book of the same name, and follows Sam's character through his life as a Beat generation youth - took a long time to come together.

Sam said: "When they said it wasn't happening, I was relieved, to some extent, because I thought, 'Well, I've joined a fantastic list of nearly-Sal Paradises.' And then I tried to forget all about it, which is what I try to do if I don't get a part - there's no point mulling it over.

"But Garrett (Hedlund, who plays Dean Moriarty) and Walter (director Walter Salles) stayed in touch. Garrett was sort of supercharged - he had to play this part, he was already in character three and a half years ago - and he didn't want it to go to waste. Then my agent called me about two years later and said, 'It's happening in two months.' So I don't remember being formally offered the part at all, actually. It was just, 'We quite like you' then nothing for a year and a half, then, 'It's happening. Get a dialect coach, start seeing a trainer - you've got two months to make yourself look something resembling sporty'."

He added: "I knew I couldn't say no to it, whatever doubts and fears I had, I'd be jealous of whoever else was playing it."

The film will be released on October 12 in the UK.

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