Glen Powell can’t say enough great things about Richard Linklater. The actor is one of the 12 main characters in “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to “Dazed and Confused” — that’s to say it’s set in 1980, not 1976, but hits the same hang-out sweet spot. Powell plays Finnegan, one of the older of a pack of collegiate baseballers, and the actor is also one of the more experienced. In a pack of mostly fresh faces, Powell, 27, is one you might recognize — underneath a shaggy mustache and a permanent toothy smile — given his time on “Scream Queens” and in “The Expendables 3.” Still, he swears “Everybody” is “the most perfect film I’ve ever got to shoot,” and he’s stoked to tell you why.
Have you spent much time together with your fellow castmates since the movie wrapped?
Tell you the truth, ever since we stopped filming we’ve never stopped hanging out. That’s rare. Some of these movies you say, “Oh, we’re going to hang out afterwards,” then life gets in the way. But with us, there will always be a group text. We’re always hanging out, always kicking it, going to each other’s houses. It’s a really solid, special group of dudes. I don’t see the band breaking up anytime soon.
It really looks like it was summer camp.
During the rehearsal period, all 12 of us were in these bunkbeds at Rick [Linklater]’s ranch. You wake up, you shower, usually in the pool, you go and rehearse in Rick’s library. Then you play baseball for a bit, you do some more rehearsal, then you go in the pool, you go for a run. Then we’d watch a movie Rick think is pertinent. I’m not sure I’ll have another film experience that was this special. You’re down there with 12 guys who are crazy talented, crazy cool, and not one of them is a jerk.
It’s amazing he was able to round up 12 actors who seem to really get along.
Apparently there were a couple people on “Dazed and Confused” who weren’t exactly nice or generous actors. Through the rehearsal process Rick kept coming up to me and saying, “Hey, are you getting along with everybody? Is everybody happy?” He’d ask me that every couple days. What he was trying to do is sniff out of there is a kind of rat among us — something rotten in Denmark. And there just never was.