In advance of the highly anticipated Runaways, the Atlantic City Weekly interviewed Joan Jett - in advance of her show tomorrow - on about the movie and Kristen:
... instantly recognizable as one of the greatest rock guitarists ever, one of only two women to make Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarist list. Her sound and image, the black leather and hair (though she has occasionally shaved it off) and energy on stage are hers and hers alone.Thanks Allison!
And the icon checklist doesn’t stop there. Not with one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood (Kristen Stewart) cast as you. And then, just to drive the point home, a Joan Jett Barbie Doll has been released this year in time for Christmas...
As an executive producer, Jett has worked closely with Stewart to recreate, well, herself.
“It’s been pretty surreal,” she says. “First of all, she cut her hair and that certainly helped my vision of it. She wasn’t wearing a wig. She was actually living in the hair and I would hope that it helped her a little bit to embody it.”
“I thought that just in general our energy, the way we handle day-to-day things, plus our physical movements in space, were very similar. A lot of kind of fidgeting, a lot of playing with the hair — a lot of that stuff sort of came natural. But for a lot of the physical aspects, she watched me a lot, so it was surreal, but in a nice way. It wasn’t uncomfortable and it wasn’t creepy.”
Though Stewart’s portrayal of Jett has been gaining a lot of attention, Jett is quick to point out that the film is about the group, not her.