Opening this weekend is director Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys. The film, which is based on the extremely popular stage musical, tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” and subsequent troubles that came with their success. As this featurette points out, the Four Seasons were far from your poster boys for upstanding gentlemen, as Eastwood describes them as a group of “juvenile delinquents.” The film stars John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle, and Christopher Walken. For more on the film, watch the trailer or these clips.
At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with John Lloyd Young, who plays Frankie Valli. He talked about playing the role on Broadway, what it was like to first meet Eastwood, what he was like to work with on set, deleted scenes, his new CD where he sings covers of 60s songs, future projects, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
John Lloyd Young:
- He’s performed on Broadway, the West End, and now played Frankie Valli in a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Which is the coolest?
- What was the first meeting with Eastwood like? Talks about how Eastwood came to see him perform on Broadway.
- Eastwood likes to do only a take or two. How was he on Jersey Boys and what was the collaboration like?
- Deleted scenes talk.
- Talks about the upcoming press tour for the film.
- Talks about his new CD where he sings covers of 60s songs.
- What is he looking to do next?