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Five days of 'The Runaways'! How Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning learned to rock

January 26, 2010 |  3:05 pm

Runaways all When it comes to their look for "The Runaways," teen stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have been successful in their rock transformations.

Then there's the issue of actually rocking.

[Click here for Monday's "Runaways" installment.]

"There's an OK amount of footage where you can actually see their performances," Stewart said of learning guitarist Joan Jett's moves, speaking at a Sundance round table in support of the film.

The actress also calls jamming with an electric guitar "exhausting."

"I would finish rehearsal and be like, 'My shoulders are killing me!' " 

Fanning got off a little easier, because her character, Cherie Currie, was lead singer. There's a powerful scene, however, in which Fanning does some signature Cherie microphone tricks on stage. (Check out Currie demonstrating the real thing in the video below, around 1:07.)

Bw run logo "Cherie taught me how to do that, which was really a special moment," Fanning said.

Director Floria Sigismondi had Fanning the longest in prep time, where she'd bring the young star to rehearse with her husband's band Living Things. Stewart and the supporting young women in the band were given guitar and drum lessons.

When production ramped up, everyone was brought together over two weeks to rehearse and record the tracks covered in the movie.

"You can never really feel what it's going to be like until you actually film it," Fanning said, referring to the loud and large type of shows the Runaways lived through in the '70s.

From what's out there, do you think the girls look convincing as musicians? Tell me in comments!

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: "The Runaways" director Floria Sigismondi, right, steps up with Kristen Stewart, left, Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning and Cherie Currie at the film's Sundance premiere Jan. 24.  Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

Enjoy the Ministry's entire series on 'The Runaways':

Five days of 'The Runaways'! Day 1: Kristen Stewart on Joan Jett -- and the whole blogger problem

Five days of 'The Runaways'! Day 3: A fake tattoo foreshadowed Dakota Fanning's role as Cherie Currie

Five days of 'The Runaways'! Day 4: Joan Jett on KStew; will Kristen and Dakota record their own albums?

Five days of 'The Runaways'! Day 5: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning -- anatomy of a kiss

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