The guys of Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ talk nostalgia, growing up and picking up chicks

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Interview, Tyler 0

By Lauren Chval – Redeye – 03.31.16

Though he’s approaching 30 and his days of playing college baseball at UC Irvine are far behind him, “Everybody Wants Some” star Tyler Hoechlin compared giving up a sport to Jaime Lannister losing his hand in “Game of Thrones.”

“This is such a dramatic way of putting it: When you die as an athlete, it’s literally a part of you that dies,” Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf”) said at The Langham hotel. “It’s part of who you are. I still cling to that. I still call myself a baseball player. Because that’s so much a part of who I was growing up, and I still don’t know fully who I am without that being a piece of it. It’s definitely a tough thing when you let that go.”

That struggle lies at the heart of the film, opening April 1 and starring an ensemble cast that includes Hoechlin, Blake Jenner (“Glee”) and Will Brittain (“Lila and Eve”) as members of a 1980 Texas college baseball team moving into their house the weekend before the school year starts. A countdown clock ticks off the seconds until that first Monday morning class, always reminding the audience that something is slipping away.

It’s a familiar point for writer-director Richard Linklater. After all, chronicling a boy’s childhood from 6 to 18 (“Boyhood”), checking in on a couple’s relationship every nine years (“Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”), meandering with a group of teenagers on their last day of high school (“Dazed and Confused”) … if you were going to make an argument that the filmmaker is obsessed with time, you wouldn’t find a shortage of evidence.

Maintaining that focus along with Linklater’s familiar indifference toward plot (as in, there barely is one), “Everybody Wants Some” dismisses any idea of a traditional narrative with a laugh and a haze of smoke—it takes a long time to realize the major, story-propelling incident you’re waiting for isn’t coming. It’s a neat trick; simultaneously wishing that things would get started and feeling like they’re slipping away is a universally experienced state of mind, a contradiction that hit home with Hoechlin.

“You’re always looking at what’s coming up next and how much time you have left,” the 28-year-old actor said. “If I could tell anybody anything, I would say, ‘Stop looking at that. Just look at today.’ Because then all of a sudden it’s kind of gone.”

Sports in particular present the challenge of existing in a moment—an athlete must forget the last play and focus on the current one. Hoechlin said Linklater expressed the belief that, “You can’t grow up until you stop playing sports,” and some members of the team are more aware of this than others.

Jenner, 23, stars as Jake, a freshman pitcher eager to prove himself, and Brittain, 25, is his roommate Billy, a freshman who can always be found by following the phone cord (’80s = landlines) as he talks with his girlfriend back home. Hoechlin’s character, McReynolds, faces very different challenges—he’s the team’s veteran hitter, coming to a fork that either heads to playing pro ball or saying goodbye to baseball forever, a feeling the actor knows all too well.

On campus, the guys of “Everybody Wants Some” are eager to categorize themselves as baseball players instead of just explaining themselves by their chosen major. Beyond being afraid to grow up, they’re scared of losing their identity or, as one character puts it, “never being more than some dude doing some job just like everybody else.” As actors, it’s not a stretch for Hoechlin, Jenner and Brittain to relate to that—Brittain said that as a kid, he was so scared of being ordinary that he was serious about becoming a professional tornado chaser.

But as intent as the characters are on being known as baseball players, a major point of the film is their willingness to assume temporary identities in the interest of getting laid. They’ll dance at a disco, ride a bull in a country bar, rock out at a punk show and don costumes at a theater party in an effort to win over a girl.

Jenner’s character questions the phoniness of this approach, but he’s assured by upperclassman guru Finn (played by Glen Powell, who channels Matthew McConaughey’s “Dazed and Confused” character to great effect) that it’s simply adaptive.

“I think it’s only phony if you abuse it,” Jenner said when asked about that strategy. “If you’re going out and you’re just trying something new but you’re yourself that whole time, you’re just kind of gaining knowledge from this experience, that’s adaptive. But if I go in, and I’m trying to just be a pick-up artist [and] I’m doing it solely to pick up chicks … that’s phony.”

Brittain agreed, adding that everyone changes their behavior based on who they’re with, not just guys looking for someone to take home—that anyone would act differently with their family than they do with their co-workers. Hoechlin wouldn’t take a side, saying it could be both phony and adaptive.

But that’s the key to “Everybody Wants Some.” What it lacks in traditional story structure (the girl, played by Zoey Deutch of “Dirty Grandpa,” doesn’t even become a factor until late in the game), it makes up for with open-ended conversation about what it means to be young and alive. Set in a summer more than three decades ago, it’s nostalgic for another time but also nostalgic for the possibilities that come with youth.

“In college, you’re always ready to get to the next thing,” Brittain said. “It’s like when you get to the next thing, things are really going to be happening, you know?”

“It doesn’t change,” Jenner added.

INTERVIEW: An Inside Look at Linklater’s New Film ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

By  – Loyola Phoenix – 03.29.16

In 1993, Rick Linklater brought us back to the ‘70s with Dazed and Confused. On April 1, he brings us the ‘80s withEverybody Wants Some!! — a movie that shows the lives of college students from the 1980s in three days.

In the film Jake (Blake Jenner) is a freshman baseball player who learns about college life through his teammates. With his teammates, McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin) and Bill Autrey (Will Brittain), Jake goes to parties, plays baseball, meets girls, goes crazy and enjoys every moment.

The PHOENIX had the chance to sit down and chat with Jenner, Hoechlin and Brittain about their rehearsals, filming of the movie, playing baseball and their favorite moments on set.

For the rehearsals and filming of the movie, the actors lived in Linklater’s farm in Austin, Texas, for about three weeks.

“We were doing everything together — breakfast, rehearsals, milking the cows, cuddling when we had nightmares,” Jenner said.

Called the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! was created the same way, and has the same vibe to it.

“The only similarity between the two is the fact that they’re both timeless,” Jenner said.

That timelessness is evident throughout the film, with authentic ‘80s disco music and dances, parties, competitions, jokes and witty conversations. All of these characteristics have the ability to attract millennials and parents of millennials alike.

Hoechlin said he hopes millennials will see that some things don’t change with time.

“I think that hopefully they can see that even going back to 1980, everyone goes through the same things. Everyone has the same insecurities,” he said. “The more things change, the more things stay the same.”

Brittain mimicked Hoechlin’s sentiment, adding that college students today have some things to learn from students of the past.

“I hope that millennials look at this and know that we aren’t supposed to be on our phones all the time and social media,” he said. “Hopefully people can see that you can have a good time hanging out with your pals and chilling.”

The movie encourages viewers to have a good time and “for a good time, not a long time,” which is a line in the official movie poster.

A “good time” is shown in the dancing scenes, in which Jake and his teammates dance to disco and country music. Jenner said he really liked the disco dancing rehearsals.

“We had a really, really fun teacher, she was like yay-high, but she was like so energetic, so excited, and she was there both rehearsals and on the day of the shoot,” he said. “So she was dancing with us, keeping our spirits high.”

Baseball fans or not, Everybody Wants Some!! is a movie that will make audiences laugh, dance along, remise about the ’80s, and enjoy every moment.

INTERVIEW: Young Cast Emphasizes That ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

By  – Hollywood Chicago – 03.28.16

CHICAGO – There are two exclamation points behind the new Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) film, “Everybody Wants Some!!,” and that could also express the exclamation energy of the cast. Will Brittain, Tyler Hoechlin and Blake Jenner portray college students before the new fall semester in 1980.

“Everybody Wants Some!!” is a quasi-sequel to Linklater’s popular “Dazed and Confused” film of 1993. It possesses the same nostalgia, the same styles/attitudes, and the same spirit as “DandC,” and it is set four years after the events of that film – except now it’s a Texas college instead of a Texas high school. For persons who grew up in that era, it will be a warm look back, and for everyone else it will evoke laughs on how we all used to live, and what we used to wear while we were living without Facebook.

The three young stars of “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Will Brittain, Tyler Hoechlin and Blake Jenner, came through Chicago on a promotional tour, and HollywoodChicago – through an interviewer who actually lived the era depicted in the film – was there to grill them.

HollywoodChicago.com: Living in another time can be tricky, especially since us geezers are around to remember exactly what it was like. What was your best resource for pretending you lived in 1980?

All: Richard Linklater!

Blake Jenner: The second week out there he gave us a ton of music to get us into the mindset of the era, that was first.

Will Brittain: Basically, if we did something that didn’t fit, he would just say ‘naw, we didn’t do that.’

Tyler Hoechlin: He would even let us get away with something when we weren’t filming. If we’d high five after a good take, he’d say, ‘they didn’t do that.’ [laughs] It was so specific. He said for example, ‘I didn’t see the first high five until 1982.’

Brittain: He’d also say things that would trip us out, like ‘the 1980s didn’t become the ‘80s until around 1982.’ And I’d think, what does that even mean? [laughs]

HollywoodChicago.com: You are all depicting college baseball players in the film. Which of you had the least actual baseball experience? What is the key to looking like you’re a college level baseball player?

Jenner: I hadn’t played that much before, and it was all about practicing with the University of Texas coaches. It’s takes some expert to look at me pitching a ball and saying, ‘we have to find the mother f**ker in you, boy!’ [laughs].

Hoechlin: I played in college, so it wasn’t that much a stretch. But I would say the main thing for guys who hadn’t played before it’s just one word – swagger. If you have swagger on the field, and look like you know how to play, that’s 90% of it.

HollywoodChicago.com: What about using the baseball equipment from that era?

Brittain: I know the guy who portrayed the catcher – Temple Baker – went through four of the old catcher’s mitts, they kept falling apart.

HollywoodChicago.com: Will, since you began in independent films, which film can you describe as your breakthrough, and how did it affect your career after it was done?

Brittain: The film ‘A Teacher’ [2013] was definitely my breakthrough, because that film went to the Sundance Film Festival. It launched everything – I got representation in Los Angeles, and I moved out there. It was my baptism into the whole festival circuit, LA and everything else in the business.

HollywoodChicago.com: Tyler, one of your famous early roles was opposite Tom Hanks and Paul Newman in ‘Road to Perdition.’ Now that you’re a little older to appreciate it, what do you think you learned about being a movie star after being around two of the biggest in movie history?

Hoechlin: A lot older now. [laughs] Basically, it was about how to be a professional. I of course observed their acting on set, but it was about the way they carried themselves and treated people that struck me the most. They were just two genuinely great human beings, I never felt either of them were separate from us, despite being who they were.

They were just focused and professional, and always included everyone in what they were doing, including the crew. They were simply always high level masters, and taught me as a kid actor never to be an a*shole to anybody, because it would be very tough to get past where they are.

HollywoodChicago.com: Blake, you were “discovered” through the ‘Glee Project’ reality series, and then worked your way onto a regular spot on the main show. How did that entire experience prepare you for the rest of show business?
Jenner: It’s about preparation. On this project, for example, we had time to rehearse and prepare. On ‘Glee,’ it was close to zero time to prepare, so I had to ready to think on my feet. There were days on that show where I had to go in and record a song, then I had to rehearse the dance for that song, and then I had to go and shoot a separate scene. That would be one day. So yeah, it was about the value of time and being prepared, and not to freak out.

HollywoodChicago.com: Back to everyone. The clothing was different back then. What was the weirdest piece of 1980 clothing that you wore, that you couldn’t imagine anyone wearing seriously?

Jenner: The cut-off jean short shorts. I don’t tan on my upper thighs, so when I first wore those I look like I was walking on two cans of milk. [laughs]

Hoechlin: The one I can’t imagine anyone taking seriously, but was one of my favorites, was the mesh football jersey top, paired with a really short pair of athletic shorts. I actually switched this costume to another day, because I wanted full belly exposure when I was sitting on the couch. [laughs] I wanted to see how high I could get that shirt up.

Brittain: The Daisy Dukes, definitely. Those cut-off short shorts are a bit much.

HollywoodChicago.com: Will, Who was the person that was most influential for you when you first started acting, and what is the best piece of performance advice they gave you?

Brittain: I did a play called ‘Our Town’ at the University of Texas, and portrayed George Gibbs in it. I remember my director Marie Brown came up to me – and this was a really beautiful scene where George lays flowers on a grave – and told me not to work myself into an emotional frenzy every time, even though I wanted to do it every time.

So she said, if you want to do it like that, than make sure that every time you ARE doing it like that. That stuck with me, because in the play that’s a powerful moment. I really wanted to honor that part of the story, and I keep that in mind in general. If I’m going to go for it, I’ve got to truly go for it.

HollywoodChicago.com: Tyler, you did two multi-season runs on TV series [“7th Heaven,” “Teen Wolf”], playing two different characters. At what point during those runs do you think you begin to understand a character. which makes playing him that much easier?

HollywoodChicago.com: I assume in both series you got a script that would focus more on your character. What is your process once that happened?Hoechlin: When you’re in the first season, you’re constantly feeling it out. But around the second season, it rushes back to you, and makes it that much easier to start again. For me, a couple episodes into the second season, I would think I know who this guy is, now it’s time to try and find more. What else can I find out?

Hoechlin: Yeah, ‘7th Heaven’ was a big ensemble cast, so everyone would get a turn. Basically, I’d get a script that focused on my character and think, ‘Oh, I’m working every day this week.’ The mindset was I’ve got more to do, so I had to focus. In ‘7th Heaven,’ more than ‘Teen Wolf,’ was that I got to learn more about my character. In ‘Teen Wolf,’ I’d always get a new arc for that character every season, which was discovery for me.

HollywoodChicago.com: Blake, it was reported that you’re on the short list to portray the young Han Solo in another ‘Star Wars’ spinoff. What characteristic of Han is most like you, and would you kiss a Wookie to get the part?

Jenner: Dude, I’d go down on a Wookie to get the part. [laughs]

Hoechlin: Quote of the day!

Jenner: I can’t talk too much about this, but one thing I will say is that Han will presumably be in his origin phase, and we most likely will get to see the development of his classic characteristics. What made him will be interesting to explore, especially in who broke his heart and made him jaded and sarcastic.

HollywoodChicago.com: Finally for everybody, what do you appreciate about living in the current day, now that you all took a trip back to 1980?

Jenner: Genes.

HollywoodChicago.com: Do you mean better genetics?

Jenner: No, the blue ‘jeans’ of now. [laughs]

INTERVIEW: “Everybody Wants Some!!” cast shares ’80s lightheartedness

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Mandy in Everybody Wants Some, Interview, Tyler 0

By Connor Reed – The Daily Free Press – 03.27.16

At one point in Richard Linklater’s newest film, Jake, a college freshman played by Blake Jenner who’s just spent a long weekend with his future baseball teammates, enters the first class of his undergraduate career. The professor, who we barely see and hear only in passing, has written an epigram in large lettering on the chalkboard: “Frontiers are where you find them.”

“Everybody Wants Some!!” is marketed as Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s “Dazed and Confused.” It’s about a lot of things, but most of its themes can be boiled down to that assertion.

Set in the early 1980s, the film takes place over a single weekend, opening as Jake arrives at an unnamed Texas university to play baseball and moves into new off-campus athlete housing. We watch as Jake gets to know a slew of the team’s personalities, like Billy Autrey (Will Brittain), his drawl-sporting roommate preoccupied with a long-distance relationship, and McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), an upperclassman with a deeply competitive streak and fragile ego. The group bounces from party to party, discusses things like music, science and women and seizes any chance that presents itself for lighthearted derision.

After speaking with Jenner, Brittain and Hoechlin in a roundtable interview Friday at The Eliot Hotel, it seems clear that the laidback, jovial, testosterone-infused environment that Linklater conjures onscreen transferred over to the environment on set.

Brittain, a 25-year-old Texas native whose first major role was in the 2013 indie drama “A Teacher,” repeatedly emphasized the camaraderie of the process.

“Everybody was killing it,” Brittain said. “And you knew everybody was killing it. And you knew everybody was going to kill it. And then when we killed it, we were like, ‘Hey! We killed it!’”

Jenner echoed the sentiment. All three actors mentioned that the film, which sports an ensemble cast and belongs squarely in the “hangout movie” genre Linklater has established with films like “Slacker” and “Dazed and Confused,” felt like a collaboration in the way that a sports team feels like a collaboration, with lines and moments often shuffled between actors without resentment.

Another point of focus was the experience of working on a Linklater film — not only stylistically, as he is an auteur of meandering naturalism, but as a career emblem.

He is often cited as a launcher of careers, perhaps the most well-recognized example being Matthew McConaughey’s early performance as David Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused,” whose catchphrase “alright, alright, alright” has become synonymous with McConaughey’s brand.

“Coming from first moving out to Los Angeles and working at a Burger King and a parrot shop and auditioning for Best Buy commercials that you get cut out of … it sounds cheesy,” Jenner said. “But it’s a dream come true 100 percent to be able to say, ‘Yeah, we worked with that director,’ who’s easily one of the greatest directors of our country and time in general.”

One hallmark of Linklater’s filmography is a sometimes-sprawling thematic palette, where characters will develop a variety of messages via interconnected conversations over the span of a single film.Jenner first gained recognition for his role in the latter seasons of FOX’s “Glee,” in which he played Ryder Lynn after winning a spot on the show from reality competition “The Glee Project.”

For Hoechlin, most recognizable as Derek Hale from MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” identity stands as the most important theme.

“I think [it’s about] not being afraid to be who you are,” Hoechlin said. “I think my favorite line in the movie is … ‘Always bring who you are, never who they want.’ I thought it was such a great new way of saying ‘Be yourself.’ It’s just so much more fun when you kind of embrace what you are and who you are and what you think, as opposed to trying to fit into some box that somebody else might put you in.”

A lot is communicated throughout “Everybody Wants Some!!” and very little actually happens. What does happen, though, is big — a young man’s realization that there are barriers and chances to start anew at every turn, and he has to learn when to breach what frontiers while remaining honest with himself.

It’s remarkable, then, and distinctly Linklater that the process of making the film would lead its creators to the very same conclusion.

Young actors play ball in ‘Everybody Wants Some!’

Posted on March 26, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Tyler 0

By Bill Zwecker – Chicago Sun Times – 03.26.16

For the young actors to come together and bond — to be believable as Texas college baseball teammates in the early 1980s — writer-director Richard Linklater came up with a pretty simple plan.

“It was a great opportunity given us by Rick,” says Tyler Hoechlin, who portrays cocky senior star McReynolds in the film “Everybody Wants Some!” (opening Friday). “He allowed us to come out to his property in Texas for about three weeks prior to shooting. We basically lived together.

“We had a bunkhouse, where we would sleep every night. We would wake up and eat breakfast together. We would go through our table reads [of the script] together. We’d go to our dance rehearsals and baseball practice — always together. It was like being back in college and playing ball again.”

Hoechlin was the only actor in the movie who had much experience on school baseball diamonds, having played for three years in college.

“Getting back on that field was like a homecoming party for me to relive that,” he says. “It was a blast.”

For Will Brittain, who portrays a senior class pitcher in the movie, baseball was pretty much in his distant past.

“I played a ton of ball up until the age of about 13 or 14,” Brittain says. “I was pretty good at it but not as good as I was at other sports, so I started to focus on football and track.

“So it was really awesome for me to get back on the ballfield, swing a bat and throw a ball around again. It was a nice trip back to childhood.”

It wasn’t easy for Blake Jenner, the main star of this ensemble picture, to make himself convincing as Jake, the star freshman pitcher.

“I grew up playing a little bit of football and some basketball and still play basketball today,” Jenner says. “I also did some wrestling in high school. But I never played baseball — not ever.

“So, as you can imagine, what I had to do was to work very hard with some really good coaches at [the University of Texas] in Austin. They were terrific and very patient with me. It was cool to actually learn from them.”

Beside the athletic aspects of the film, the core of “Everybody Wants Some!” is Linklater’s somewhat autobiographical look at a group of young athletes as they connect and live together in a ramshackle, fraternity-like house off-campus the week before the start of the fall term. Though not a sequel, it is seen by many as Linklater’s follow-up to his 1993 cult classic “Dazed & Confused.”

Brittain says that while they were prepping to shoot the movie, he and his castmates were given a lot of leeway by Linklater — using that as an example of the Oscar-nominated director’s collaborative approach.

“When we were out on Rick’s farm, workshopping the whole piece before filming, we’d talk about the party scenes, for example,” Brittain says. “A lot of stuff you see at those party scenes came from us tossing around ideas with Rick — things that might be fun and that our characters might actually have done back in the day.

“In watching that final cut of the film, it was fun to see those ideas actually come to life on camera. It was very cool to see that.”

Jenner says he also was “pretty much in awe” of Linklater, impressed by how much the “Boyhood” and “School of Rock” filmmaker was willing to listen “to all of our ideas. … especially considering this was for a film that he not only was directing but also wrote based on aspects of his real life.”

Brittain was equally impressed with Linklater when the director wasn’t happy with how a scene was going.

“He was kind of like your favorite coach. He wouldn’t come up and tell you were doing something right — he’d just let you keep doing it.

“But when he did come up to tell you you were doing something wrong, it wasn’t to grill you. It was more like, ‘Why don’t you try this?’ It was always done in a way that was very gentle and respectful.”

For contemporary college-age kids watching “Everybody Wants Some!” the film will showcase a period when social media, cell phones and the like were not yet part of American culture.

Brittain says that was something he and the other actors embraced. “I loved the fact that we got rid of the phones on set. In other projects, other movies, whenever there’s a break, people immediately jump on their phones and start texting and the like.

“That never happened on this set. Frankly, rarely did people have their phones outside their trailers. I think that is one of the reasons we became so close. We simply had to sit down and talk to each and work things out — face-to-face and person-to-person.

“Of course, ironically, the way we now stay in touch is to keep texting each other almost every day now.”

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