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

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.

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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.”