Added some MQ pictures of Blake by himself and the cast of Everybody Wants Some on a portrait he did on March 11th.
Blake chatted with Austin Way about Everybody Wants Some below you can read the interview.
What was it like to work with Linklater?
BJ: It was everything you think it could be, plus a million times more. He was very nurturing from the get-go. He cared about the authenticity of the film, not just the look and feel of it but the camaraderie between all the guys. We were living with him for a few weeks and rehearsing every day, including baseball and the dance scene. He was there for us in so many ways, including answering questions and having fun with us. This is going to sound cheesy, but you just learn a lot working with him. I’m still thinking back to the experience and things I learned from it.
How would you describe the cast camaraderie?
BJ: It was amazing from start to finish. At the beginning there’s that “getting to know each other” [phase], but there was not a bad egg in the group. Rick did an amazing job in choosing a group of dudes that would be so cool together and have such an amazing time and collaborate, hang out, and talk. It didn’t hurt getting to live with each other for three weeks. We were always cracking jokes and staying up late.
What was your impression of Austin?
BJ: Once we were done rehearsing, we stayed at different places. I was over near South Congress, so I got to see a lot of art and a lot of the music scene. Me and my wife [Supergirl star Melissa Benoist] actually talked about getting a place in Austin if the opportunity ever presents itself. We dug the music scene, the art scene, and it’s also very relaxed. It’s not too hard to live in the “now” in Austin.
How did you prepare to play a college freshman in the 1980s?
BJ: Rick hooked us up with a bunch of CDs and iPod Shuffles with a ton of music from the time, so we were jamming to a bunch of stuff. “My Sharona” and “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” by Michael Jackson were my two go-tos. He hooked us up with anything we needed to embrace the time and the style.
Did anything surprise you while researching the era?
BJ: After reading the script and getting to work on it, I think one of the most beautiful things about the movie is the fact that nothing has changed. Yes, styles, music, and haircuts have changed, but when you’re that young, you’re doing the same thing: You’re finding yourself. Dazed & Confusedcaught a certain moment in life and elaborated on it in the most beautiful way, the funniest way, the most non-BS way. It was very much the truth about growing up in high school. I love this movie a lot, and I think it captures a lot of what the guys, especially, go through in college.
What was your own college experience like?
BJ: I didn’t go to college. I graduated from high school a year early and moved out to LA to pursue acting, so this movie was the freshman year I never had, or the weekend before college that I never had, really. I think this movie has all it needs to affect young people and even adults—it’s timeless.
Tell us about Jake Bradford.
BJ: He’s coming in freshman year, honing his craft as a baseball pitcher. He’s a fish out of water, the normal-ish kind of guy feeling out the situation. What I like about Jake is this: He knows that fine line between a man standing up for himself while also knowing his place as a freshman. You see that he’s getting a little more comfortable and speaking his mind. He’s “the experiencer.”
Did you play baseball growing up?
BJ: I played football and basketball and wrestled, but never baseball. We had to send in audition tapes of us playing baseball, and my tape looked terrible. I had to visit the kid batting cages two times! I couldn’t hit anything, so I went the second time and recorded it on my iPhone and I would trim out the times that I sucked. I spliced together the times I made contact with the ball. We worked with the coaches from UT and all around Austin baseball-wise—it was an eye-opener for sure. Those guys weren’t messing around. Now I can say that I know how to pitch pretty well—I at least got the form down.
What are you working on now?
BJ: I had a fun time doing Supergirl with my wife. I also wrote a film called Billy Boy that’s in post-production. I just did a movie in Vancouver with James L. Brooks producing and Kelly Fremon directing; it’s got Woody Harrelson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Kyra Sedgwick in it, and that was a cool time. Other than that, it’s back to the races, man!
I added 4 pictures of Blake along his Everybody Wants Some co-star, Tyler Hoechlin, for the March issue of Dujour Magazine, check the pics below.
It’s out!!! the trailer of Blake’s new movie Everybody Wants Some is out!, he plays Jake and some of his co-stars are Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch and Ryan Guzman. Check the trailer below!
South by Southwest has set the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s dramedy “Everybody Wants Some” as its opening night film on March 11 for its 23rd edition.
“Everybody Wants Some” follows a group of college baseball players in ’80s Texas as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. The film stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman (who was a college baseball pitcher), Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, Will Brittain and Zoey Deutch.
The title is taken from a popular 1980 song of the same name by Van Halen. The project has been considered the follow-up to Linklater’s breakthrough 1993 film “Dazed and Confused,” which is set in a Texas high school in the ’70s. SEE MORE:Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15.
Linklater filmed “Everybody Wants Some” in late 2014 while his film “Boyhood” was gathering momentum as an awards season contender. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing. Ellison is a producer with Linklater and Ginger Sledge.
Paramount will release “Everybody Wants Some” on April 15, a few weeks after the start of the Major League Baseball season.
“We are so thrilled to premiere Richard’s latest work, which is really funny, instantly quotable, and filled will great new talent,” said Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film. “Audiences are going to love this paean to competition and coming of age in the 80s.”
SXSW’s opening night film this year was the Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming.” The 2014 opener was Jon Favreau’s “Chef.”
SXSW will release its feature films lineup on Feb. 2 and the rest of its lineup on Feb. 9.
Blake was casted to play a new love interest in the new TV Series ‘Supergirl’ starring his wife, Melissa Benoist.
Blake will play Adam Foster, a mysterious figure from Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) past whose presence in National City throws Kara’s relationship with her boss for quite a loop. While in town, he and Kara find themselves developing a surprising relationship. Set for multiple episodes, Blake’s first appearance will be in early 2016.
While the addition of Adam isn’t the best sign for anyone who may already be shipping Kara and James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), seeing sparks fly between the real-life lovebirds on screen should offer some solace to Glee fans still upset that Marley and Ryder didn’t get their happy ending when Glee wrapped up.