VIDEO: Tyler visits Express Written Consent

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Mandy in Interview, Tyler, Video 0

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

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Mandy in Articles, Everybody Wants Some, Interview, Tyler 0

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!

VIDEO: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! Interview with Juston Street & Tyler

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Mandy in Everybody Wants Some, Interview, Tyler, Video 0

Tyler on ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’, Playing Superman on ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Fifty Shades’

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Mandy in Everybody Wants Some, Fifty Shades Darker, Interview, Supergirl, Tyler 0

Collinder – 7.13.16

One of my favorite films of 2016 is Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! I absolutely love everything about this film from the cinematography to the dialogue to the crazy, well rounded characters that Linklater always seems to infuse with his trademark style. If you’ve seen and loved Dazed and Confused and haven’t yet watched Everybody Wants Some!!, I strongly recommend picking it up now that it’s available on Blu-ray/DVD. You won’t regret it

For those unfamiliar with the story, the film takes place in the early ‘80s at a Texas University and follows a group of college baseball players as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. In keeping with the vibe of Dazed and Confused, the movie takes place over a few days.Everybody Wants Some!! stars Blake JennerWill Brittain, Tyler Hoechlin, Temple Baker, Tanner Kalina, Zoey DeutchGlen Powell,J. Quentin Johnson, Austin AmelioJuston Street and Wyatt Russell.

To help promote the home video release, I recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Tyler Hoechlin. He talked about the experience of making the film, collaborating with Linklater, memorable moments from shooting, getting cast as Superman onSupergirl, joining the Fifty Shades franchise in Fifty Shades Darkerand Fifty Shades Freed, and a lot more. Check out what he had to say below.

Collider: I think it’s always quite nice for you to be promoting something really cool and great like this movie.

TYLER HOECHLIN: Absolutely. It definitely makes it a lot easier.

I have to start with, and I don’t know how much you talk about it, but I was amazed to realize that you were the kid in Road to Perdition. Was that the moment that you realized that acting was for you?

HOECHLIN: I actually got into it when I was about 8 or 9 years old and it kind of clicked with me, I enjoyed it right away. My brother and I got into this acting school at the same time, he enjoyed it a little bit and then kind of trailed off after we were done with this little course and then I continued to go to a few places and thought it would be something I would want to do. For a while I was still playing baseball, doing that competitively, that was my first dream. But Road to Perdition I would say was that first moment of, “Ok, eventually this will be what I do. I’ve given baseball my all and everything I can and this is what I’m gonna want to do.” So it was definitely that kind of moment for me, and obviously I had the greatest, greatest example that you could possibly have as far as the best group of human beings as good as Tom [Hanks] and Paul Newman and guys like that, they’re incredible, incredible people.

I can’t even imagine. Jumping into the film, I think that Richard Linklater is easily one of the best directors working in the business; he’s just an amazing filmmaker. What did you take away from the experience of collaborating with him?

HOECHLIN: That, how important collaboration is, and in a true collaboration trusting everyone who’s around you. I know that he had the script for close to 15 years and finally made it, and to give us as much freedom as he did to play with it and to make it our own in collaboration with him was just really something that I think is –It’s hard to understand how much trust that would take. I know there’s projects that I hope to write and direct and have written a few things, and the idea of letting somebody else come in and really have their way with it, it’s crazy to see how comfortable he is with that. So I think he’s got a great eye, he has a great love for working with people who are also passionate about what he’s working on, I think that’s what makes it special.

When you think back on the making of the film, is there a day or two that you’ll always remember?

HOECHLIN: Honestly, all of it. It’s so hard and it sounds like such a cliché but the whole thing just kind of felt like an awesome summer camp. But I would say the days we were at his property outside of Austin when we were doing the rehearsal process, all those days definitely stick out. On the last day instead of going out in the city in Austin, we actually went outside in the property and had like a last camp night in his place. So I think those are the days that stick out to me, and I think as a group we would all agree on that.

I think that your look in the film, you almost disappear in it, with the mustache and the hair. How much is that the costume department, how much is that you bringing what you think about the character to Richard?

HOECHLIN: Everything was collaborative. The mustache was a definite “Yes”, we wanted that for sure, I kind of talked to Rick and was like, “I’m an adrenaline dude, he’s the guy, so who would he look up to, what actor would be like his hero?” and it came to like Burt Reynolds, maybe Tom Selleck, and that was what we went for. So I was like, “Ok, I’m gonna have a Burt Reynolds mustache.” [Laughs] So we went with the mustache and it was the look that sounded like the right fit for this guy. The other thing is that he would come in and we would try different hairstyles and stuff like that and hair and makeup would show them to Rick and he would say “yes” or “no”. Again, everything on this set was such a great collaborative effort.

I’m definitely curious about deleted scenes. Do you remember shooting stuff that didn’t end up making the final cut?
HOECHLIN: Oh yeah, there’s definitely a few things in there for sure.

Is there one specifically that you remember, or one that you want to talk about?

HOECHLIN: I will say that there’s nothing in the deleted scenes that after watching this film I wish would have made it, there’s nothing. The film flows as it should, I think Rick did and incredible job with the editor, with Sandra [Adair], to get everything that should be in there in there. But the one deleted scene that I do remember the most was at the Oz party at the end –At the party Rick would always ask us, “What do you think your guy would be doing at the party?” so we would kind of go away with each other and figure out, “What do you think we should be doing? Should we be doing this, should we go with them?” and Ryan Guzman, who plays Roper, and I came up with the idea that maybe we would lose a bet to somebody and end up streaking through the party. So Ryan and I in our tighty whities and high socks got up at like 6 in the morning and I think it was about 25 degrees that night, for some reason it was cold, and went streaking through the party that night. But that is in there from what I’m told, people can see it now, but that’s definitely the one that made me go, “Oh ok, that did not make the cut.” [Laughs].

I give you credit for volunteering for that.

HOECHLIN: Yeah, I know. That was the thing, Ryan and I before we were doing it were like, “We pitched this, right? What were we thinking, what were we doing?”

That means you were full-on into the character.

HOECHLIN: Oh yeah, at that point we were so into it that it’s like your sense of self was pretty much on its way out and you’re in who these guys are and what they’re doing.

Before I run out of time with you I have to ask you, I’m a huge fan of Superman, and I would not be happy with myself if I didn’t ask you. What does it mean to play this role on Supergirl?
HOECHLIN: It’s an incredibly humbling and flattering thing to be given that opportunity. I know it’s such an iconic character that means so much to a lot of people. The interesting thing to me is meeting people who are much older than me and saying, “Oh Superman has always been my hero” and shaking my hand, it’s such a weird position to be in because you’re not just assuming that this is a character for a younger generation, it’s for anyone who’s a fan of the character. It’s really exciting, I’m really looking forward to be putting our own spin on it, seeing where this character fits into this storyline, and this version of Superman. Like I said, I take it with great respect for the character and hat it means to people so I’m excited to get to work on it and see what comes out of it.

Was it your agent, how did you get presented with the role and did you have that moment of, “Really, wait, what?”?

HOECHLIN: I had been meeting with Greg Berlanti and Andrew [Kreisberg] over there at his office and we just sat –I didn’t know what the meeting was for originally and it kind of came up and they said, “Is this something you would like to talk about?” and I was like, “Yeah, sure, let’s talk about it.” And I think we had similar views in what makes the character interesting and fascinating, and it just kind of worked out.

I think Greg Berlanti is a great producer and what he’s done with the shows under his umbrella is really unbelievable.
HOECHLIN: It really is, it’s really impressive, and I’m just excited, he’s such a great guy and I’m really excited to work with them and see what happens in the future.

I definitely want to touch on the fact that you’re part of the Fifty Shadesfranchise, was that one of those things that you went after it, did they come after you? Talk a little bit about how you got involved.

HOECHLIN: I had a great meeting with James Foley, the director, and I’m a huge fan of Glengarry Glen Ross, it’s one of my favorite movies and so it just kind of came up as an opportunity and I was excited for the chance to work with James so we said “yes”, so that was kind of the end of that. It was nice to be actually on set with James and I look forward to be making more stuff with him in the future as well.

My last thing, what are you thinking about for the future, are you thinking that you want to push into features more, what are you hoping to accomplish in the next few years?

HOECHLIN: I think that maybe easily two years ago I would have said features is where I want to be and I do still want to be there, but if you look at the landscape now of film and TV and the line is blurring so much. I mean, there’s such great content going on in TV now, the opportunities are getting more and more. So it’s hard to say specifically, I easily would have said film about a year or two ago, but now I’m just kind of more open to great characters, the thing I love about this film is that you walk away from it knowing 13 new people and I really do enjoy that. I enjoy when people can be interesting, because they are, and there’s endless space to explore with that, so I’m just really looking forward to working with great actors, great filmmakers, whether it’d be on the big or small screen and just telling great stories that people talk about 20, 30 years from now and not just for the next two months. I think that’s my biggest goal.

Thank you so much for your time, I totally agree with what you’re saying about TV right now.

HOECHLIN: Thank you very much, I appreciate it.

INTERVIEW: Tyler in Flaunt Magazine

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

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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