Clip | Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny - Glenn Powell talks about Richard Linklater’s creativity and humility

On the set of “Everybody Wants Some,” Glenn Powell describes the autonomy and creativity Richard Linklater gives actors.

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Honestly I feel like Rick is probably the best person on the planet in terms of working with actors. I think the two weeks that we've spent at Rick's ranch were the most valuable two weeks that we've had on the entire shoot - the most valuable two weeks I think I've been on in any film in terms of getting to play around with the script, getting to play around with the characters, getting to kind of feel each other out and figure out where the loyalties are within the team, like figure out the dynamics. Figure out how your character talks, figure out, you know, what their worldview is, what you're going to hang the hat on in terms of, you know, who they are and what they believe in. Then you're kind of part of the creative process. You feel an ownership in the project.

Where a lot of directors look at you like the talking prop, Rick is like, 'Hey, you're a writer. You're a collaborator.' You know, just because you're an actor doesn't mean you just say the lines and, you know, 'I'll see you at the premiere.' Which is rare - really rare.

The thing with directors is once your hype starts building over a certain amount of time you start to stop listening to the people around you. And what Rick has been able to is to be so humble about each project and be so humble about his process. You're talking as a peer, not a - you know, it's like, 'hey do you mind if I just ask you something real quick? Do you mind if I hold a drink in this scene? Whereas like most directors you know, they'll hold on so tight. With Rick, it's like, 'Dude let's put that in - I love that.' You know, and that - in terms of being an actor - makes you feel empowered rather than feeling like you're the talking prop.