Garrett Hedlund’s schedule is getting pretty full these days, with two films â€” Tron: Legacy and Country Strong â€” hitting theatres and another, On the Road, just completed. The ever-humble Minnesota native talked with Metro about heading up a franchise, motorcycle envy and crash diets.
How does it feel stepping into the lead role here? Playing Jeff Bridges’ son, you have an even bigger role than he does.
With the films I’ve done prior, even before I’d gotten my first role, I’d kind of formulated in my mind that if I’m an actor, all I really want to be is a piece of the puzzle, but I never wanted to be the picture of the puzzle. I always concentrated on being in films with great actors that I could learn from.
The studio obviously has a franchise in mind for Tron. Are you ready to be a part of something like this for a while?
When I wanted to come out to L.A. to be an actor, all my other friends that were very serious about acting wanted to go to New York and wanted to be in theatre. I wanted to be in film. I didn’t want to do television, I just wanted to do film. I know that within this film, and in order to appease everything that’s applied and necessary, you have to be willing and able to do everything that comes along with the package.
Did you do your own motorcycle work for Tron: Legacy?
Yes. I drove a motorcycle a little bit on the farm in Minnesota growing up, just dirt bikes and stuff. But actually handling this Ducati… I mean, you could get up to 80 miles an hour in first gear, so it was kind of a dangerous machine, especially to drive un-helmeted. In a big kind of Disney production, producers aren’t happy about these things.
This is a pretty big year for you, with Tron: Legacy and Country Strong. How did you manage everything?
It’s been a weird line of transitions, because for two years I was prepping for On the Road, so by the time I did Tron, I’d had to start a massive amount of training. I got with the trainer and then I had to lose 30 pounds to get back into the suit. It was just so chaotic. It’s been such a multiple-personality-disordered year. I don’t know if that makes sense.