In Hail, Caesar!, the new comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen, Alden Ehrenreich accomplishes a seemingly impossible task: They steals a movie coming from a cast that includes Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and two Tilda Swintons. (The girl plays twins.) Despite that incredible variety of talent, it’s Ehrenreich whom emerges as the film’ohydrates breakout star, and shares (with Fiennes) its funniest scene, where a Hollywood director (Fiennes) anxiously tries to coax any believable Mid-Atlantic accent outside of Ehrenreich’s dopey cowboy, Hobie Doyle. This specific extended riff, which has been already heavily presented in the Hail, Caesar! trailer, is an immediate classic from the Coen siblings, and will almost certainly go lower in history as one of the ideal scenes of their whole career.
At just Twenty six years old, Ehrenreich’s currently worked with a list of excellent directors that would help make any actor green. Along with the Coens, he’s also worked for Woody Allen (inside 2013’s Blue Jasmine), Park Chan-wook (on Stoker), and Frances Kia Coppola — twice (starring Coppola’ersus 2009 Tetro was Ehrenreich’s big break; the two partnered all over again a few years later on Twixt). Ehrenreich’azines had a few other glancing roles, but his / her work in Hail, Caesar! as the gently simple Hobie is his finest performance yet. ScreenCrush spoken with Ehrenrech on the phone from Los Angeles about his preparations for Hobie’s cowboy rope tricks (and his hilariously thick country bumpkin feature), his favorite Coen brothers movie, and how he feels about experiencing “Would that it were so simple?” cited back to him everyday for the rest of his lifestyle.
What’s harder: Lasso hints or the Southern feature?
The thing with the The southern area of accent is the Coens truly wrote that in to the lines. They put most of the pronunciations and the rhythms in there. And I’d in fact done [a Southern accent] just before. So I’d say the trick roping.
How much prep went into the trick roping?
We were built with a guy whose pop and him i did so a routine together. His name’s Steep ledge McLaughlin, and his dad is a really famous trick roping gentleman, and they have a place. So I would just drive up thus to their place and hang out and about at the house. It turned out great.
I’m curious what kind of research in college for this character. Did anyone find — or the Coens give you — any specific models for Hobie?
Certainly Roy Rogers and also Gene Autrey and all those types of singing cowboys, that is a somewhat forgotten category, but was really big at that time.
Have you ever attained any Hobie-esque figures absolutely need travels in Showmanship?
It’s a testament to this Coens — there would be certain turns of phrase inside the writing, and then I’deb be working with the wranglers for your horse stuff, and these guys would declare something and it has to be phrase that the Coens had written into the script. That it was really authentic by doing this. I discovered that while we had arrived shooting; it was actually fairly eerie to hear.
They’ng made Westerns before [like True Determination (2010)]. I wonder if they’d found the lingo hanging around those guys.
Yeah, that’utes exactly what I was thinking.
So you must be careful when you’actu around the Coens, because they’re always listening and you could turn into fodder for a upcoming script.
[laughs] Right, sure, totally.
What do you perceive as the biggest dissimilarities of the Hollywood on the Hail, Caesar! era and the Hollywood of today?
The actors of that moment, they had a certain sort of stability as far as do the job. The studio would likely put them in films on a regular basis, and you were below contract. There was job security in a way that doesn’t really exist anymore. Currently at the same time, you would have to perform a bunch of movies that were really low level and you probably wouldn’t like doing. So those are the positives and negatives that were clearest in my experience while we were working; how much people would really have a home for a studio, and then that will studio would shepherd their particular career. Today you’re going to a different world to a new world to a different entire world in every job you are doing.
Is that contract gamer system appealing to you actually as an actor? Think you would be successful for the reason that era?
I think it may be frustrating having to complete things you wouldn’t might like to do, having to make movies you didn’t like. While that sometimes been found well; I observed a story about how Clark Gable truly didn’t want to do It Transpired One Night, and then seemed to be sort of forced in it as a way of hitting him. And it evolved into one of the biggest films of his career. Although yeah, [on the one hand] it can be appealing because you’deb get to work on a far more regular basis, and try something else entirely. [On the other hand] it would be quite frustrating to abruptly be thrown into a audio, and you didn’t learn how to sing, which would occur to people!
Or you get include a movie where you can’capital t do the accent.
You definitely see the limitations from it all in this flick.
Are you a large Coen brothers fan?
What’s the most underrated Coen brothers movie?
[pause] The best one … it’s challenging to pick a favorite. However the one I really appreciate a lot is A Really serious Man. I just love, appreciate A Serious Man.
There’s a fascinating parallel between that product Hail, Caesar! in the religious components of both movies. You then have a lot of characters trying to find God and wrestling with their personal thinking and how those thinking are reflected on earth around them.
The Coens look like working through some existential concern lately in their do the job. Is that something these people talked to you about at all as you’re preparing for the movie?
No, they don’t go into that type of thing. The particular conversations are really almost the scenes. That kind of stuff they’ve generally famously played that close to the vest. On the other hand think that’s what’utes really special regarding body of work. They’ng been able to get most of these super-challenging themes and questions into their movies, considering that the movies are also so entertaining.
They smuggle that useful stuff in between the jokes.
Right and so there’ohydrates movies that are extremely popular, and that everyone is able to enjoy, and then on the second viewing or perhaps with further concern you start to see these things in the films which are working on a more deeply level.
So what sort of information do the Coens give you subsequently?
It’s really simple and straightforward directions. They really recognize all the characters they produce, that’s why it’ohydrates such a pleasure to dedicate yourself to them. So when they give you a direction, you are able to feel that their perception of your part is so in depth.
Are you prepared for people to express “Would that it were being so simple” to you through-out your life?
[laughs] You’re the 1st person to ask everyone that! It’s presently happened a little bit. Yes, I think so. I’m sure I’m prepared.
It’s a pretty good cross to carry, because it’s a fantastic scene. What achieved it look like in the program? Is it word-for-word what we observe onscreen? Or was there improvisation involved?
It wasn’t word-for-word, because there would have been a little bit of playing around. I’deborah say like Ninety percent of it was in the writing. It’s this type of joy when you get writing that great, and it’azines such a pleasure to act it. It was in addition my audition arena for the movie.
So discussion it, do you know without delay that it’s destined to be a classic scene?
I mean, my experience of reading it was just giggling so hard. I have a friend of mine who was reading it with me, and we ended up just cracking right up because it’s therefore funny. It’s consequently funny on the site, it makes your job very easy.
What did you think once you saw that truck for the movie, exactly where that scene is much like the entire thing?
Yeah which was pretty crazy. Which was a really surreal moment for sure. I was merely glad they preferred it and that it was released well, because if you have piece of writing like that, you want to live up to how excellent it is on the web site.
Hail, Caesar! opens in theaters about Friday.