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How Everybody Wants Some!! Perfectly Nailed Its Period Details, According To Tyler Hoechlin

By Eric Eisenberg – Cinema Blend – 7.12.16

Richard Linklater is an incredibly smart guy — and one really needs no more evidence of that than the films he’s made. From Dazed and Confused to Before Sunrise to Boyhood, he’s produced some of the best auteur work of the last 25 years. In addition to being a genius screenwriter and director, however, it turns out that he also has an astonishingly specific memory, which he utilized in a significant way in the making of his recent movie, defending the 1980-set Everybody Wants Some!! from any and all anachronisms.

Timed with the release of Everybody Wants Some!! on Blu-ray and DVD, I recently had the pleasure of hopping on the phone with Tyler Hoechlin (who plays the hyper competitive McReynolds in the movie), and while discussing his work on the film, one thing he noted was the stunning memory possessed by the writer/director calling the shots. I was curious if the fact that the film is semi-autobiographical for Richard Linklater worked in Hoechlin’s favor as he was getting into character and embracing the period atmosphere, and the actor responded noting that the filmmaker is gifted when it comes to time and dates. Said Hoechlin,

I’ve honestly never met somebody who can recall events or trends, or just like the most minor details as well as Rick can. There were things that would come up and someone would say, ‘Oh, what about this song,’ and he’d be like, ‘That was late January of ’81, so we missed the cut on that. It’s a little bit too early.’ The amount of information that he can recall is really incredible. It was fun for me to just kind of pop in a group and just kind of sit back and listen to other people ask questions and hear what he say about it. It’s pretty incredible.

Tyler Hoechlin noted that this was a big part of the rehearsal process for Everybody Wants Some!! – when they really found the atmosphere for the movie and figured out how it would come together. That being said, Richard Linklater was a constant resource for the actors as they were moving through production and putting together scenes, which was apparently a perfectly relaxed process for Hoechlin and his co-stars. Said the actor,

We’d run through a scene, then we’d talk about the scene and some tangent, we’d go off on some tangent and then eventually we’d get some piece of information that we could start talking about. It was just really kind of natural to just kind of discover these things as a group as we went.

It all comes together in what is one of the best movies to come out so far in 2016. And if you missed Everybody Wants Some!! when it was in theaters, the good news is that the film is now available for your viewing pleasure. Look for it on Blu-ray and DVD today!

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Everybody Wants Some!! cast are ballers at MLB celebrity game

By Mary Sollosi – Entertainment Weekly – 7.13.16

Richard Linklater’s latest mostly plotless rumination on Being a Young Man in America, the irresistibly fun Everybody Wants Some!!, mostly depicts its characters — the members of an early ’80s college baseball team — getting drunk, casually philosophizing, going to great lengths to get laid, and otherwise generally bro-ing out for three days before school starts. But while girls and alcohol take priority, naturally, the guys do eventually get around to actually playing some baseball.

Supergirl’s new Superman, Tyler Hoechlin, drew on his real-life college baseball background to play McReynolds, the team’s arrogant captain and best pro prospect. Hoechlin played in the MLB’s annual All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday night, where, true to McReynolds, he was named MVP. His castmates Glen Powell, Juston Street, and J. Quinton Johnson joined him in San Diego to cheer him on, and in honor of All-Star Weekend and Everybody Wants Some!!’s Blu-ray release, EW caught up with the guys about playing fake baseball as a real team.

“We tried to figure out what skills each person would need to know the most for what they were probably going to do,” Hoechlin explained of the movie’s one baseball sequence, a practice scene that showcases the entire team’s abilities.
“These guys were pro-level ballers,” Powell said of Hoechlin and Street, also an experienced ballplayer. “And I think they’d say the same about us.” Street clarified: “We kind of just had to say, ‘Hey, what’s the one thing that you can do that we can film? What can you do the least bad?’”

“They had to take us under their wings and show us the ropes, because our baseball skills were less than stellar,” admitted Powell. “It’s like, ‘Okay, wielding a bat is not your thing… We’ve got to find some other skills.’”

The baseball came more easily to some of the guys than others, but it only strengthened their bond as a team. “There was a great camaraderie that came out of that kind of thing,” Hoechlin said. “[It was] probably, actually, in a weird way, one of the closest, if not the closest team that I’ve ever actually played on. Because you’re also not just working as a team towards the game, but creatively, you’re working towards something.”

When not carousing, the teammates of Everybody Wants Some!! compete with each other almost compulsively, placing bets on anything and everything, issuing meaningless challenges, and elevating games of ping pong and bloody knuckles to all-important contests of manly worthiness. That was pretty true to real life, too.

“Tyler, I don’t think you knew about this, but I actually had a bet with someone as to what would be the next thing you’d break,” Johnson admitted. “It’s like the Midas touch,” Powell said of Hoechlin’s uncanny ability to break things, including a pitching machine and bowling apparatus.

“Technically, I did not break the pitching machine,” Hoechlin said in his own defense. “The pitching machine stopped working when I…”

“You touched it,” Johnson said.

“When I got up to hit, it stopped working. Twice. And then we were bowling, and the thing dropped down as I released…”

“You touched it.”

“Anything mechanical was not…” Hoechlin trailed off. “I knew if anything went wrong with the camera on the first day, I was getting fired… If there was a technical thing, I was just going to walk out.”

Luckily, nothing went wrong when shooting began — nor ever, apparently. “Everybody was really nice to each other; there were no speed bumps on the whole thing,” Powell said. “I was like, ‘Something rad is going to go down…’”

“We were kind of expecting something bad to happen, but nothing ever [did],” Street agreed. “It was, like, too good to be true — and then it just kept going.”

Everybody Wants Some!! is now available on Blu-ray and digital HD.

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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Star Tyler Hoechlin Can’t Wait to Play Superman

By Scott Huver – MovieFone – 7.11.16

Tyler Hoechlin‘s trading in his ’80s mustache for a slightly more fashionable red cape. And maybe some bondage gear.

After first making a major impression as a teen actor opposite no less thanTom Hanks and Paul Newman in “The Road to Perdition,” as well as on the family favorite TV series “7th Heaven,” Hoechlin later demonstrated his more mature skill set as alpha lycanthrope Derek Hale on MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”

This year, the 28-year-old performer has emerged as a talent to keep an eye on, first with his role as the uber-competitive college baseball standout McReynolds in filmmaker Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” stealing scenes among a cast of future all-stars, followed by his casting as Kara Danver’s Kryptonian cousin, Superman, in the second season of the superhero series “Supergirl,” and his stint fleshing out the only-mentioned-in-the-books character Boyce Fox in the sexy sequel “Fifty Shades Darker.”

With “Everybody Wants Some!!” making its Blu-ray debut on July 12th, Hoechlin chatted with Moviefone about how his career is moving faster than a speeding bullet.

Moviefone: There are acting jobs, and then there are true experiences, and I imagine that “Everybody Wants Some!!” was an experience.

Tyler Hoechlin: 100% an unbelievable experience and a dream job to the fullest extent!

What was special for you to have the kind of time you had together, to create that sense that you are a group of guys who are establishing these bonds?

Yeah, I think it was definitely the most important part of the process. I think we pretty much all agree on that. The timing is comfortable, and also I would say, Rick [Linklater] is the most creatively encouraging and inspiring person that I’ve worked with as far as a director goes. Just because … from the time we showed up, he made it really clear that it wasn’t a pressure in rehearsal to perform or to get it right.

It was really a time to explore who these guys were, who they were to us, and then as a group, kind of find how they work together best. So that time was really invaluable, and it gets you past that comfort level where you are kind of questioning, “Can I insult this guy without offending him?” or “Can he take a joke?” You kind of get to know that about each other really quick. Everybody was just on that same page. So we all developed a really great rapport really quickly.

With this much distance after the movie’s been finished, do you still feel a special kinship with these actors?

Well, I live with one of them! [Laughs] One of them has become my roommate. We have a group text chain that goes off just about every day to every other day. Yeah, it’s still a really, really close group of guys. So that experience, as you said, has really kind of carried over which is definitely a rare thing that we’re all really grateful for.

Richard Linklater is one of the most down-to-earth human beings anyone could encounter, and also a gifted artist. Having worked with him now, what’s your insight into why he’s such a great filmmaker in so many different genres?

I think because of exactly that: I think he’s such a down-to-earth guy. He hasn’t lost any of that connection to just people and what people do and go through and how they experience life.

One of the things we talked about with this film was, even though it’s 1980, you can kind of take that pressure away by saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Yeah, the clothes are going to be different, and some of the expressions will be different, the dance and the music will be different than it is now, but really growing up as a young guy and going through this time in your life, it’s really, it’s not all that different. We all kind of have those similar experiences.

So the pressure to play 1980 was really gone. I think that’s why it comes off as genuine as it does. I think that’s why it happens in all of his films. I think he just … he finds people that also understand other people and can bring those experiences to the screen in a really honest and genuine way without really pressing the issue.

So many cool things are happening in your career right now. Let’s start with Superman: I have a hunch that you’re just as excited to play Clark Kent as you are to play the Man of Steel on “Supergirl.”

Oh, absolutely! Absolutely. I think it’s a part that you can’t really … it’s not complete without him. So I’m definitely excited to see both sides of him.

What did it mean to get this great role, be the next in this legacy, and to figure out what you’re going to do to make it your own interpretation of this great American icon?

It’s definitely incredibly humbling and flattering to even be given the chance to do it. And I think, I’m just going to do as much as I can to see how to bring the true spirit of the character to the show.

I know they have instructed me not to talk about it too much before I actually get there and actually do it. I’m excited to just kind of look at it from doing it with a clean slate and not trying to replicate or duplicate anything that’s been done, but just being honest to the story and how they’re writing him.

Did you take your workout up to 11?

I have definitely been in the gym more than I have been in the last two years, yes! That’s definitely been happening.

What was the exciting opportunity you saw in coming into the “Fifty Shades” movies? And was there anything daunting about joining that particular franchise?

I think having been a part of something that has such a passionate fandom; it’s different in the fact that I’m going into something that already has that, as opposed to a show that kind of created it on its own from the beginning.

Yeah, I love James Foley. “Glengarry Glen Ross” was one of my favorite movies. So the chance to go and work with James was a really great thing. He and I have talked about other projects as well, so it was a fun time to get up there and finally work with him.

We’ll bring it back to “Everybody Wants Some!!” Give me the pros and cons of an ’80s mustache.

The pros of the mustache: it’s definitely an ice breaker. It’s definitely a conversation starter. The con is that I got caught with it when I had to renew my passport, so it’s now my passport photo. Which makes going through customs quite interesting sometimes, depending on where I’m coming back from.

 

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New Superman Cast in CW’s ‘Supergirl’ – Tyler Hoechlin

By  Shane Lou- ABC News – 6.17.16

A new Superman is flying to TV.

The CW Network announced last month that the series “Supergirl” was added to its 2016-2017 schedule. The network has now cast the role of Clark Kent/Superman to appear at the start of the new season.

The Man of Steel will be played by Tyler Hoechlin, best known for his role on MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” He also appears in Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Everybody Wants Some!!”

The DC superhero was last played on TV by Tom Welling on another CW series, “Smallville.” Of course, Superman is currently depicted on the big screen by Henry Cavill, most recently in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Melissa Benoist is the titular character in “Supergirl.”

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INTERVIEW: Tyler in Flaunt Magazine

By George Ghanem for Flaunt Magazine – 5/19/16

The earliest documented mustache dates back to 300 BC in a portrait of a Scythian man riding his trusted steed. A symbol of strength and courage, the reverence towards this hairy upper lip has since been styled and profiled ‘till roughly the end of ’80s decadence and Freddy Mercury. But these aforementioned sentiments have since deteriorated. People now view the mustache in a poor light. The kind of light that hangs in a dingy bar full of skunked IPAs. But have no fear for there is hope in the chevron form of Tyler Hoechlin’s character McReynolds or “Mac,” the all-American slugger in Richard Linklater’s newest film Everybody Wants Some!!

Considered the spiritual sequel to cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993), Hoechlin—a former college baseball player himself—joins a band of beer- drinking, ‘stache-sporting teammates of a collegiate baseball squad in 1980s Texas as they enjoy the last few days of summer before classes begin.

From his days as a blissfully ignorant 13-year-old in Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, to spending three weeks rehearsing on Richard Linklater’s ranch, to his current work with James Foley on the second and third installments from the Grey trilogy—Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades FreedHoechlin has smartly picked up a few things along the way. We spoke to the young actor on the eve of the U.S. release of Everybody Wants Some!!.

Was there anything you did to prepare yourself for the role, besides growing the amazing cookie duster?

It was really funny, I came home from shooting and my dad hadn’t seen me since I had [the mustache] and I opened the door on Thanksgiving and he looked at me and was like “nope, nope, nope.” He said it felt like he was looking in a mirror. But mentally, [I] was going back and recalling those [baseball-playing] days and trying to remember what the vibe was like with the guys and what the mindset was and allowing that to be molded by Rick [Linklater’s] recollection.

Linklater’s name alone holds its own merit but what about this script made you jump at the opportunity?

A lot of sports movies—in my personal opinion—make the mistake of focusing too much on the actual game or the stuff on the field. If you want to watch a game, you watch a game. That’s where the drama really is, but when the game is playing out on-screen, you know it’s scripted and the outcome is determined. The drama of that moment is not quite the experience you get when you watch a real game. So, to me, the most interesting and fascinating thing was the relationship between the guys.

In Dazed and Confused the music played a huge role in the film. Was that the case for this film?


Rick put together a playlist for us. He’d say, “these are the songs different guys would’ve been into. Find the one you think your guy would have been into.” That’s the brilliant thing about Rick. He doesn’t necessarily tell you “this is what you are.” He allows you to contribute what comes to your mind, your thoughts, and how you see this guy.

Is there one moment in the past you think back to and reminisce over?

I count my blessings knowing I have a couple of those. But with this project, on our last night, we went back to Rick’s ranch and just had a night out there. It was this crazy thing of “going home” before going home, a “last day of camp” sort of thing. There was storytelling and reminiscing about all the times we had on set and during rehearsal, everything. It’s been almost a year-and-a-half now and we all still have a text chain that goes off daily. Definitely one of those “count your blessings” moments, having made so many friends on one project.

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