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 Jenner, Will Brittain, Tyler Hoechlin, Temple Baker, Tanner Kalina, Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, J. Quentin Johnson, Austin Amelio, Juston 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 on Supergirl, joining the Fifty Shades franchise in Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, and a lot more. Check out what he had to say below.
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.
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?
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.
I definitely want to touch on the fact that you’re part of the Fifty Shades franchise, 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.