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

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.


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