Sure, Charlize Theron gained thirty pounds and had bad skin when she played a serial killer. And Robert DeNiro is known for altering his physical persona so as to disappear into a movie role. But Kristen Stewart, best known for her lead roles as Bella in the Twilight series of movies has perhaps topped them all with her preparation to play 80s rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways.
In other words, it’s not a wig: she got a mullet.
The Runaways is about Jett’s band before her breakout hits with The Blackhearts in the early 80s. The Runaways had a brief flash of fame in the 70s, but it was a stormy tale. Dakota Fanning actually plays the lead, Cherie Currie, and the real Jett and Currie cooperated with the film’s production, so it’s possible that Stewart’s brave hairstyling nightmare is in tribute to Jett’s willingness to help the film along.
The great thing about The Runaways, which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, is that it’s something new. It’s the masculine, powerful side of female teen libido, where refreshingly, these girls are not playing the usual stereotypes: the stripper with the heart of gold, the unwed young mother, or the teen siren who pays dearly for the unforgiveable sin of being hot. For that alone it’s worth seeing.