The Knockturnal was on the red carpet for the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday, November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street.
Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! was nominated for Best Feature. Check out what the film’s star Glen Powell had to say about his recent projects:
What was it like working for Richard Linklater?
Glen Powell: I mean if you could make a movie with Richard Linklater every day of your life for the rest of your life you’d have a good one. It’s the best. We’ve talked about this. Ever since that movie you read a ton of scripts and you make a ton of movies and it does not get any more special, I think then this movie. We’re all happy to be here to kind of reunite. We all hang out. There’s a constant group text going on between the guys. We hang out in LA all the time. It’s nice to celebrate a movie you’re really proud of.
Did you have as much fun off screen as you did on screen?
GP: Maybe too much fun.
We love Scream Queens. What’s going on with Chad? Are we going to see him again?
GP: I’m having dinner with Ryan [Murpy] in a couple of days. I can’t imagine — I’m not going to try to sell you, to leave hope for Chad. I believe Chad is dead as a door nail. Like I said, it was a great experience. I still hang out with that gang all of the time. Stamos is coming to my ranch for New Years.
Where’s your ranch?
GP: It’s in east Texas. So, we’ll be out there and I think some of the Scream Queens folks will be there. Like I said, I’m dead on the show but I’m alive and well in real life and having a good time.
You also have Hidden Figures?
GP: Yeah, Hidden Figures will come out Christmas Day. I just saw it. It’s unbelievable. I think Janelle [Monae] is actually here too, right? Yeah so I’m sure I’ll see her here somewhere. The movie is fantastic. Hopefully it’ll get some attention. It’s an important movie that I hope I lot of people see it and we’ll see it.
Really excited about that one! It has three strong female leads.
GP: Which is really rare. By the way, strong female leads, I don’t think there’s a lot of movies that glorify the female brain enough. Especially in that time period when it was not popular to play a guy, John Glenn (one of the Mercury 7), who supported them in a time that it wasn’t popular. He’s a hero in a lot of ways. … He’s hard to track down these days. He’s like 95.
Did you talk to him?
GP: No, we talked to him through email. I haven’t gotten to meet him in real life. We’re going to hold a screening up there and I get to go meet him. I’m very excited about that. He’s in a small town … He was in not very good health last year but now he’s doing a lot better. So we’ll see.
It would be good if you could see him.
GP: What a sensational human being and an honor to play him you know.
You’re playing someone who is so iconic and still alive.
GP: You look at the amount of guys that have played John Glenn. He’s obviously an iconic hero and a presence to capture but really what it comes down to with Hidden Figures is; those are three women that this is the only time that story’s going to be told. It’s Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan. It’s unbelievable because this is the only time that story’s going to get to be told. There’s going to be other people who play John Glenn but obviously that story is going to be told one time. Taraji, Janelle and Octavia; they get to knock this out of the park one time and do those women service and justice and they did. I mean, you see the movie it’s unbelievable. I’m very proud to be a part of it just a little in the orbit of that genius. It’s nice.
The evening was presented by Fiji Water, Deep Euphoria Calvin Klein and Landmark Vineyards.