Video Interview: ‘EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!’ cast imagine their characters in ‘DAZED AND CONFUSED’


EVERYBODY WANTS SOMEPreston Barta // Editor

Some have labeled DAZED AND CONFUSED as one of the greatest hangout movies of all-time. It’s a movie you watch not only for its artistic qualities and good banter, but also as a genuinely fun experience spending time with its enjoyable characters.

Screen shot 2016-03-24 at 6.38.01 PM Screen shot 2016-03-24 at 6.38.24 PM Screen shot 2016-03-24 at 6.38.37 PMTexas-based filmmaker Richard Linklater has perfected the craft with his often unconventional narratives and fantastic characters. The more times you watch his films, the more the cast becomes your old friends and the more a part of you they become.

Linklater captures that same essence with his spiritual-sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED (and BOYHOOD), titled EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, which premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this month.

The film’s setting moves from high school to college and the ‘70s to the ‘80s. It follows a freshman named Jake (Blake Jenner) and his first weekend of college, experiencing a frat-like welcome with a group of hard-partying baseball players as they navigate the tricky and unsupervised waters of young adulthood.

Fresh Fiction had the opportunity to sit down with stars Wyatt Russell (“Willoughby”), Glen Powell (“Finn”) and J. Quinton Johnson (“Dale”) to discuss their experience, their favorite hangout movies and imagining their characters in DAZED AND CONFUSED.

0:49-2:36 | Favorite hangout movies
2:36-4:42 | Imagining their characters in DAZED AND CONFUSED
4:42-6:09 | Experiences they found on their own

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! opens in theaters on April 8.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.