IN the spring of , after vagabonding around the country for two years, Christopher McCandless, a year-old Virginian and Emory graduate, hitchhiked to Alaska and set off into the wilderness with little more than a. He lived there for four months, from late April to late August, before finally starving to death. When his body was discovered in September, he weighed only 67 pounds.
He was alone and young and willful and wildhearted. In his new movie "Into the Wild," Sean Penn tells the story of Christopher McCandless , a year-old vagabond who, in , ventured alone into the Alaskan wilderness. Rejecting his family's material comforts, McCandless craved the raw, intoxicating rush of "ultimate freedom.
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Sign In. Edit Into the Wild Showing all 31 items. Jim Gallien , the Alaskan who gave Chris the rubber boots in the opening scene, plays himself. Emile Hirsch lost forty pounds to play his role. The watch Emile Hirsch wears in the movie is Christopher McCandless ' real life watch, given to him as a present. The temperature outdoors was at freezing when Emile Hirsch performed the naked back float down the stream. Sean Penn waited ten years to make the film to make sure he had the approval from the McCandless family. The production made four separate trips to Alaska, to film during different seasons.