Separating the Beat character from the Beat-inspired actor wasn't always easy. "Everytime I'd see him," Stewart says of the years-long interim between casting and filming, when financing stalled production, "I'd be like, 'Are you already doing it?' He just never let up." That "free spririt" cited by Salles manifested itself after filming, when Hedlund would "just take off walking," Stewart says. Once, after Stewart let him lead her on an aimless 4 A. M. exploration of Montreal, she finally protested, "Dude, you don't know where you're going!" "But he just kept on walking," she recalls.
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