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article imageKristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning revive glam rock in The Runaways Special

By Earl Dittman     Jul 20, 2010 in Entertainment
For the new biopic about The Runaways, the all-female, leather-clad purveyors of '70s American glam-punk music, Twilight costars Kristen Stewart and Fanning talk about portraying Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, the queens of LA's glittery glam-music scene.
For those of you too young to remember those glittery, spandex-wearing, glam rock days of the mid-1970s when androgynous British rocker David Bowie crossed the Atlantic to bring Ziggy Stardust to Earth, and when The Runaways, five young girls from Southern California (Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox and Sandy West), became the reigning royalty of American glam rock – ruling over L.A.'s wield, crazy and alcohol-fueled Sunset Strip club scene – then the Floria Sigismondi-directed film The Runaways, an exciting, hard rockin' and surprisingly truthful biopic, will take you back to the future of rock 'n' roll.
The Runaways follows the coming-of-age story of two teenage friends, Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), as they rise from rebellious, suburban Southern California wannabees to full-fledged rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Anxious to take the male-dominated world of rock 'n' roll by the cajones, Joan. Cherie, Lita, Jackie and Sandy quickly fell under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turned the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earned a name for itself – and so did its two leads: Joan was the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, was the sex kitten. With Lita Ford (Scout Taylor-Compton) on guitar, Jackie Fox on bass and banging bombshell Sandy West (Stella Maeve) on drums, the deviant divas of The Runaways was rounded out and were poised to take on the man's world of rock 'n' roll, fully clad in leather and lace.
While The Runaways celebrates the meteoric rise of the five determined female rockers, it also traces the band's seemingly overnight demise – showing how all the leather and lace began to unravel at the seams. After screening the film to a raucous, energetic packed house at the Sundance Film Festival, earlier this year, 20-year-old Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga, Adventureland) and 16-year-old Dakota Fanning (Push, The Twilight Saga: New Moon) talked to a handful of entertainment journalists after the screening about why they wanted to play Joan and Cherie, the sexuality of the film, the intensity of The Runaways' music, how Kristen compared what portraying a real person like Joan Jett was like versus a fictional character like Bella Swan from Twilight, and more.
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in  The Runaways
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in 'The Runaways'
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Dakota, what did you see in Cherie Currie that made you want to do this film?
FANNING: “I really wanted to do it because I really just loved the character of Cherie and this was not really knowing anything about The Runaways. It was just kind of reading the script and that was my introduction. It was really great and I just wanted to be able to play that out and live her life for a little bit.”
Kristen, what did you see in Joan Jett? Do you see any parallels between yourself and Jett?
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in  The Runaways
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in 'The Runaways'
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STEWART: “Yeah, I guess there would be for both. We have been professionals from a young age which is hard but her in such a different way, when she was younger. The biggest adversity I face is like bloggers and she had people throwing bottles in her face and saying, 'Sit down you ugly loud mouth.' To see how assured she is now and to know that she wasn't always like that, that it actually took a lot and that what she has now is a really, really thick and developed armor, you see that happen in the movie, hopefully. Or at least that's what I felt I wanted to do. It's like a hardening but she's very in tune with herself and I think she's really cool. She's really honest. It's a self-preservation sort of thing and she's really sort of a survivor and at the same time she demands to live her life the way that she'd like to. She's just a very smart and inspiring person.”
The sexuality of this film is very important to it's tone and identity. Was it difficult for the two of you to recreate the tone of that sexuality that was particularly unique to that period in the '70s?
STEWART: “Sure, because we're so sort of, nowadays, like younger kids…I mean, I guess I wouldn't know this for sure but while there was a sexual revolution going on, that's had an affect on us now. So people feel much more comfortable at a young age doing stuff like that but these girls, they really were the ones to rebel first. It wasn't normal for girls to be sexually aggressive in any way. So I think it would be different for instance in like Thirteen when they kiss and they're not in love, but they're friends. It is a completely different thing. It's just a different thing to watch.”
Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie in  The Runaways
Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie in 'The Runaways'
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Floria, the director, said that the love scenes weren't particularly challenging, but that there were a lot of rules when you guys were shooting – which were kind of annoying while they were being shot. Things like placement of hands, boobs, butt cheeks, etc. Can you talk a little bit about that?
FANNING: “There was nothing in the script that I couldn't do. It wasn't like that.”
STEWART: “It was always pretty subjective, too. Even after the roller rink you don't know what they're doing. They're just sort of together. It was never written in the script, like, 'Hardcore sex scene.' It's like, 'Well, Dakota is fifteen. We can't do the hardcore sex scene.”
Getting to hear The Runaways' music now, what do you think it means to kids of this generation? Does it speak to either of you like it did to the rockers who bought it when it first came out?
FANNING: “It does to me just because it reminds of the time in my life when I was so immersed in playing Cherie. So, especially for me it carries a different thing for me. Every time that I hear it takes me back to those times which is what I love about music. It's special to me.”
You've both pretty much grown up in front of the camera. Had the two of you met before? Or, had you both been hard at work at each other's careers before working together?
STEWART: “She's always been the one, there's sort of no one else that levels up. So, yeah, definitely. And I'd met her a couple of times before we met to actually work with each other but it was always really quick.”
FANNING: “It's weird to talk about a time that we didn't know each other really well.”
Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in  The Runaways
Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in 'The Runaways'
Sony
Kristen, what is the responsibility in portraying a real person like Joan Jett compared to a beloved fictional character like Bella Swan in the Twilight movies?
STEWART: “Probably just personally, and also Bella's effect on the world obviously wasn't as great as Joan's. Obviously. I never got to meet Bella. Anyway, it's completely different.”
That's true, but moviegoers have an investment in both Joan, who's real, and Bella, who's not.
STEWART: “Right. So all those people who have investments in these women, that's awesome for them and I love to make cool movies for them. But when it becomes personal and it's my responsibility to not destroy like what people are going to take from the most important part of my friend's life, Joan has become really a big part of my life. She's awesome and I really love her. If we hadn't told the story right people wouldn't know who The Runaways are. People don't know The Runaways in our generation. So because they're going to see them through us it's a much different experience than making an original, fictional story.”
The Runaways is a story of friendship and artistic rivalry. Was there a lot of discussion about who was Dakota, are you concerned with what your fan base will take away from The Runaways, because it's obviously such a different side than we've ever seen from you – but it's fantastic. Are you nervous, at all?
FANNING: “I'm not nervous because I think the people who are true fans or really enjoy movie or really enjoy the work that you do will understand the choices that you're making and why you make those choices and will accept that, I guess. I don't know?”
STEWART: “It's not fans. It's probably just random people who have this idea of her. “
FANNING: “Yeah, obviously, because they've seen me in I Am Sam when I was really little. I'm getting older now and I want my career and the movies that I do to get older with me and I hope that everyone can do that with me.”
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Were you looking for something like The Runaways when it came along – was it a deliberate decision to do a movie that was completely different than anything you've done before?
FANNING: “No. I think the way that anybody chooses movies, or the way that I choose movies, it's not deliberate. I don't really even know why I choose the movies that I do. It's just something about it makes you want to do it and it just happens to be that it was more of a different subject matter than I'd done before.”
The Runaways Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features: Commentary with Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning and “Plugged In: Making The Film” and “The Runaways” featurettes. BD ONLY!: movieIQ+sync featuring “The Runaways Playlist.” and BD-LIVE with extra material.
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BBC Video
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Cop Out
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Tin Man
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Matlock - The Complete Fifth Season
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Magnolia
The Bong Joon-Ho CollectionMother, The Host and Barking Dogs Never Bite
Showcasing Asian director Bong Joon-Ho's diverse cinematic talents, The Bong Joon-Ho Collection includes the monster hit The Host, the intense thriller Mother and the SlamDance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee Barking Dogs Never Bite. THE HOST: The highest grossing South Korean film of all time, The Host has been called “a knockout monster movie" that is a "terrific hybrid-genre fantasy and a seriously scary freakout.” Boasting state-of-the-art special effects from the digital wizards at Weta Workshop (King Kong, Lord of The Rings) and The Orphanage (Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Sin City), The Host thrusts a normal, multi-generational family into the middle of an extraordinary event, fusing poignant character drama with the larger-than-life conventions of a classic creature feature for a thrilling and startlingly emotional result.
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MOTHER: An official selection of numerous film festivals including Cannes and winner of three Asian Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Actress and Best Screenwriter, Mother is a "must-see marvel,” a masterpiece of suspense and a unique murder mystery about a mother's primal love for her child. When Mother's son is convicted of murder thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, she immediately undertakes her own investigation to clear her son's name and steps into a world of unimaginable chaos and shocking revelations. BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE: Part comedy and part biting social satire, Bong Joon-Ho demonstrates a wicked sense of humor in the dark comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite, his feature-length directorial debut. When an unemployed grad student can no longer stand the constantly yapping dog in his apartment complex, he resorts to drastic measures. In a fit of exasperation, he takes extreme action to deal with his tormentor, an action that will come to haunt him. Meanwhile, a young woman working at the apartment complex decides to investigate the matter after she starts receiving notices from the tenants about missing dogs. Bonus Features: the Mother DVD and Blu-ray contains five featurettes. The Host DVD includes Deleted scenes, Commentary and Reflections with Bong Joon-Ho, 13 featurettes, Cast interviews, Gag reel and a Cast & Crew Goodbye. Barking Dogs Never Bite: Interview with actress Bae Doo-na, Storyboard and film comparisons, Highlight Montages and International Trailer.
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Desperate Romantics
Desperate Romantics, is a risqué six-part mini-series that chronicles the lives of four young artists on their quest for artistic immortality – a character-driven romp through the alleyways, studios, and chop-houses of 19th century London. Written by Peter Bowker (Occupation, Viva Blackpool) and based on the book by co-creator and executive producer Franny Moyle, this bohemian drama centers around four young, thrill-seeking artists living in the throes of the Industrial Revolution - steadfast William Holman Hunt (Rafe Spall of Hot Fuzz), naive John Millais (Samuel Barnett from John Adams), mischievous Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Aidan Turner of Being Human) and budding journalist Fred Walters (Sam Crane from Midsomer Murders). Otherwise known as the Brotherhood, this flamboyant quartet is determined to achieve artistic immortality. Their quest takes them into some of the lewdest, darkest and funniest corners of the city. Joining these intrepid artists is sassy, sexy model Lizzie Siddal (Amy Manson of Being Human). But is she risking it all with this dangerous bunch? (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: A Behind-The-Scenes featurette and an interview with Franny Moyle.
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The Professional
In The Professional, French action icon Jean-Paul Belmondo (Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout de soufflé) portrays French Secret Agent Joss Baumont. As the film begins, Secret Agent Baumont has been assigned the treacherous task of killing an African president; but, in a series of drastic political changes, the mission is negated. The tables are turned on Baumont, as those who sent him on his mission; turn him in to the African authorities. Sentenced to long-term imprisonment, Baumont makes a daring escape with the intention of fulfilling the Secret Service’s murderous request as a reprisal and setting up a thrilling showdown. Also starring Jean Desailly, Robert Hossein, Jean-Louis Richard, Cyrielle Claire, Michel Beaune, Elysabeth Margoni and Marie-Christine Descouard, The Professional is considered the most iconic film ever made in French cinema. (Only on DVD).
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Ninja's Creed
Ninja's Creed features the late Academy Award-nominee Pat Morita (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Karate Kid, 1984) in his final role. Combining martial arts choreography with a regal cast, this critically acclaimed film also stars WWE Diva Gail Kim, Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Runaway Train, 1985) and Lalaine (Lizzie McGuire). The film follows a ruthless assassin sent to Washington, D.C. on a mission to kill a high school teenager in order to end the modern day Himalayan Kingdom’s line of succession. When the King sends one of his soldiers to protect the endangered princess, a battle quickly ensues and the lines between good and evil are profoundly blurred. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: “Behind-the-Scenes with Interviews” and “The Composing Process on Ninja’s Creed” featurettes; Deleted scenes and Outtakes.
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