Kristen Stewart is thrilled to be attending the Toronto International Film Festival, but don’t let her catch you throwing around the event’s acronym in casual conversation: when MTV News caught up with the actress shortly after the screening of her new film, “On the Road,” she couldn’t help ribbing Josh Horowitz for asking if she was enjoying her “TIFF”.
“TIFF? ‘How’s your TIFF going,’ that’s what you said,” she teased. “But it’s good, it’s good. Last time I was here for ‘Into the Wild,’ and I don’t think I’ve been back since, so it’s fun.”
Needless to say, a lot has changed since her last visit to Toronto in 2007; Kristen has gone from a supporting actor to a celebrity headliner, whose appearance at this year’s festival has drawn massive crowds of media and fans alike to the “On the Road” red carpet. But for Kristen, the most exciting part of being at TIFF is seeing the movie in its finished state; although she’d gotten a glimpse at the early cut of “On the Road” that had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the fresh, final cut that debuted in Toronto was new to her. How does the new cut compare to the one she saw back in May?“I love both of them so much,” she gushed. And as for how the two versions differ: “One’s longer, I think,” she mused. “Maybe they can have this cool thing where they release a director’s cut or something.” (Though she also admitted that such a thing was unlikely, since the film that premiered in Toronto is the one approved by director Walter Salles.)
One improvement is clear, however: more so than the film audiences saw at Cannes, the version of “On the Road” that makes its way to theaters in the U.S. later this year will be wonderfully loyal to the book that inspired it.
“It’s so true to the novel, not that it wasn’t before,” said Kristen. “It’s just that now it’s –” she snapped her fingers, to emphasize how tightly and closely the new cut of “On the Road” adheres to the source material. And for ardent fans of the novel, she assured us, this version of the film would be extremely satisfying.
“Anyone who’s a die-hard, anyone who’s a real Kerouac fan, is going to appreciate it, hopefully,” she said, before laughing at the sweeping declaration she’d just made. “Let me just make that grand statement right there!”