A Minute With: Joan Jett on life as a "Runaway"

Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:21am EDT
 
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - She has been among the First Ladies of rock music since there were ladies playing hard rock, and now Joan Jett is seeing her pioneering days with all-girl band The Runaways playing out on movie screens.

"The Runaways," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and opens in theaters on Friday, sees Kristen Stewart playing guitarist Jett and Dakota Fanning as singer Cherie Currie.

Currie, Jett and three others were part of the 1970s band that scored a hit with "Cherry Bomb," but soon broke up when drug abuse and outsized egos overtook the music.

Jett later formed the Blackhearts and topped record charts with songs such as "I Love Rock-n-Roll." But she still holds The Runaways near to her heart. She talked to Reuters recently about her music and the movie, which also looks at the love relationship that developed between her and Currie.

Q: On "The Runaways" you are executive producer, which can mean a lot of things. What did you actually do on the film?

A: "Mainly I was a resource for Kristen. I wanted to be there for her because she's playing me, and it was important to give her every tool to accomplish that...We talked about everything from playing guitar to my posture to my accent. She was very real and authentic and dedicated to getting it right."

Q: And she got it right? Playing you?

A: "It was surreal seeing a little me running around. It was weird. I feel like she got it as right as you can get it. I don't know what else she could've done."   Continued...

 
<p>Cast members Joan Jett (L) and Kristen Stewart pose for photographers as they arrive at the premiere of "The Runaways" in New York City March 17, 2010. She has been among the First Ladies of rock music since there were ladies playing hard rock, and now Joan Jett is seeing her pioneering days with all-girl band The Runaways playing out on movie screens. "The Runaways", which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and opens in theaters on Friday, sees Kristen Stewart playing guitarist Jett and Dakota Fanning as singer Cherie Currie.REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>