The last time I think about Garrett Hedlund having sex on-screen, my mind goes to him and Leighton Meester crooning “Give In to Me” in Country Strong. Now replace Leighton with Steve Buscemi. Yeeeeah, that’s a bizarre mental image. But it turns out that the sex in On the Road isn’t limited to Kristen Stewart jerking off guys in trucks: In one scene, Dean Moriarty (real-life Beat figure Neal Cassady, played by Hedlund) “vigorously bangs” Buscemi’s character.
The scene has upset some who perceive it as too negative; afterwards, Jack Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise (played by Sam Riley) loses respect for his buddy Neal because Neal has prostituted himself to the older guy. However, Riley clarified to Vulture that it’s not homophobia that prompts his reaction, but rather jealousy. His impression, he says, is that Kerouac and Cassady probably did it once or twice (considering the Beats’ open-minded sexuality) and it’s more of a “Him?” reaction.
However, it sounds like things were also awkward for Hedlund and Buscemi. The adorable actor — who many would love to see play Catching Fire‘s Finnick Odair, another prettyboy who gets passed around a bit — told Vulture that after shooting the scene, he kind of got the brush-off from Buscemi. He says,
“I don’t know how honest I can be about this. I did feel ridiculous because after [shooting it], I asked him if he wanted to have a cigarette. And he said no! He had always asked me for cigarettes before — ‘Hey, man, can I bum one of those?’ — and after the scene, I was like, ‘Hey, you wanna have a cigarette?’ And he said, ‘Uh, I’m good.’”
Aww. Having Steve Buscemi eyes must make you blind, as well.
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