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Friday 25 July 2014

Stewart: Vintage language is funny

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is intrigued by the "very different canter" of our forefathers' speech.

The 22-year-old actress portrays MaryLou in On the Road, a drama adapted from author Jack Kerouac's famous 1957 novel. MaryLou is based on Luanne Henderson, a real-life friend of Jack's.

Kristen enjoyed portraying a rebel on a road trip during the Beatnik era.

She was especially captivated by how people communicated with one another back then.

"It's funny. For one thing, it's in 1948, and people spoke with a very different canter, literally it is like an accent," Kristen told MTV News.

"And [we] had listened to these tapes of [Luanne's] and I think it took five minutes for everyone to sort of look around the table and just start laughing cause no one really knew how to handle how infectious it was.

"The one thing that struck me was they just used more words to describe what they spoke about, but I didn't find myself saying words like 'swell'."

On the Road will be released in US theatres next week.

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