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Real ‘Runaways’ Laud Stewart, Fanning

0 Comments 17 March 2010

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Joan Jett, executive producer of film The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, was a regular on the set of the movie, as was bandmate Cherie Currie, (Fanning). Jett and Stewart struck up a friendship, and Stewart told the LA Times that she “would have felt like such a fraud” had she played the part of Joan Jett without Jett’s input. As for Currie, she was moved to tears when she saw Fanning’s dead-on version of the song “Cherry Bomb.”

Director Floria Sigismondi, who has directed music videos for Christina Aguilera and Marilyn Manson did things a little differently with The Runaways, keeping everything gritty and real, as opposed to her more slick, stylized turns with music videos. She insisted that the makeup artists not cover pimples and that the stylists produce real “bedhead” looks. With the help of costume designer Carol Beadle, the movie nails the 70s look without turning it into a caricature.

There were 150 costume changes in the movie, and so Beadle and her crew had to scour every vintage and costume store in LA looking for exactly the right pieces to evoke the late 1970s. One treasured item was the belt buckle that Fanning got to wear that belongs to the real Cherie Currie. But Fanning kept a pair of silver platform boots that she’s saving for just the right occasion.

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