Director John Krokidas worked with his leading man on the playlist to help the young actor get into character as Allen Ginsberg.
The moviemaker reveals, "It's a method we borrowed from the actress Renee Zellweger, where we picked a song for every scene. We talked about the objective and then I had to pick a song that he had a personal connection to and we thought fit the scene.
"He would listen to the music right before we went on set. A lot of the songs that I picked ended up being in the movie. I got to hire the composer who worked with so many of the bands that were in my playlist as I wrote and made the film.
"The song that's in the closing credits, Don't Look Back Into the Sun by The Libertines, was a song that was important to me because I saw the central relationship between Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr not too dissimilar from the singer and the guitarist in that band (Pete Doherty and Carl Barat), who had historically a very close emotional and volatile friendship which ultimately informed their music."
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