By Anna Klassen – Bustle – 7.13.16
Attempting to interview four cast members from Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!is like wrangling bulls. The men (Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Juston Street, and J. Quinton Johnson) portray college baseball players in 1980s Texas, and their rambunctious, rowdy, and testosterone-filled energy is as palpable in the film as it is in the interview room. The costars and on-screen teammates are gathered in San Diego, Calif. to watch Hoechlin compete with other celebs in the annual celebrity softball game at Petco Park, and from the amount of laughs, teasing, and general fuckwithery (a term coined by Blake Jenner’s character in the film), it would appear these friends haven’t seen each other in months. But Hoechlin assures me: “We actually all hung out a few days ago.”
For the uninitiated (and honestly, if you haven’t seen this fantastic Dazed and Confused follow up, I implore you to do so immediately), the film takes place over a long weekend before college begins, as a new bat-slinging freshman is initiated into the oh-so entertaining world of disco dancing, skirt chasing, underage debauchery, and occasional philosophical musings. It is perhaps the most fun a Richard Linklater picture has ever seen — thanks to, in large part, the chemistry between the film’s castmates.
When I ask the guys to tell me about their first moments of unsupervised adulthood, Hoechlin admits: “I think I cracked a beer open real quick. That was one of the first things.” Powell chimes in: “Let me just tell you about all these guys,” he says. “Quinton is Mother Teresa and I’m Prince Harry. Same goes for [Hoechlin]. He still lives like he’s being supervised. He’s a very put together. He follows the rules.”
Perhaps even less offensive than “cracking open a beer” is Johnson’s response: “Did you guys ever have an Oreo rule when you were living with your parents? Like, you could only have four Oreos or five Oreos? I would eat a whole pack of Oreos because I no longer had an Oreo limit,” he says of his first moments of unrestricted freedom. “Well, I do know he likes desserts,” Powell adds.
“I grew up with four brothers, so it was pretty much like, ‘Who ate all the Gushers?” Street says, causing the conversation to promptly derail.
“That sounds like a new reality show: Who Ate All The Gushers? I actually want Juston to try and use that line on a girl later,” Powell says, then turns to Street. “Can you just act like there’s a craft services table at the party and be like, ‘What happened to all the Gushers?'”
Street admits: “I usually just say, ‘Do you like Native American food?'” This elicits a huge laugh from his costars, and is a perfect segue into my next question. On screen, we see the baseball players’ various attempts at picking up women. Finn (played by Powell) has a unique tactic: he tells ladies about his “average-sized cock.” As Johnson’s character Dale explains, this technique works because it is a “huge relief” from all the bros boasting about their well-endowed members. So I’m curious: What are the guys’ real life pick-up lines?
“I’ve only used one, ever, and it didn’t go well. It’s, ‘I just farted, we should get out of here,'” Powell says, suddenly making the average-sized cock line much more appealing.
Johnson’s answer is slightly more straightforward. “I was telling Glen this earlier. I saw a dress on one of my friends that I actually really liked, and I was like, ‘Man, we need to go out to dinner to get you into that thing… then get you home to get you out of it.'”
Hoechlin assures he doesn’t have a pick-up line — “It would be the sweetest pick up line ever,” Powell says — but the Teen Wolf star does have a go-to opener when traveling. “The only pick up line I’ve ever used was not when going up to a girl but actually just meeting people on vacation overseas,” he says. Here’s how it goes: “You wait until you hear someone speaking English, and then you walk up to them and say, ‘I’m so sorry, are you guys speaking English? Thank God, I’m traveling, I don’t know anybody, I just had to say ‘Hi’. And then usually they’re like, ‘Oh, let’s have a beer!'”
But Powell doesn’t buy it. “I thought your pickup line was, ‘Do you watch popular television like Teen Wolf?'” he says, acknowledging Hoechlin’s brooding role on the hit MTV show.
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!