Glen Powell and his “Hit Man” co-writer and director, Richard Linklater, passed through the Variety Study presented by Audible at the Sundance Film Festival, where Powell celebrated her role in the resurgence of the romantic comedy genre. “Anyone But You,” his Sony-backed romantic comedy with Sydney Sweeney, has grossed $64 million at the domestic box office and surpassed the $100 million mark worldwide. It’s a big win for the $25 million film at a time when many people thought the genre was dead.
“At least for me, I’ve always been a fan of movies in general and I always find it silly when certain actors disparage certain genres,” Powell said. “At his best, he gives the audience so much joy and fun, and as an actor you get to play a lot of gears. “To make fun of a genre and belittle it is a bit silly.”
“For me, ‘Anyone But You’ was a great pleasure to see the audience dancing outside the theater and feeling so happy after watching a movie,” he continued. “Seeing that the box office not only maintains but grows has been such an interesting lesson that sometimes the genres that have been forgotten are the ones that the public craves the most.”
“Hit Man” is another version of the romantic comedy directed by Powell. Based on a true story, Powell plays a Houston police officer who poses as a hitman to arrest people who try to hire him. Things get complicated when he has to save a woman in need and he ends up falling in love with her. Adria Arjona plays Powell’s foil in the film.
“She’s very hard-working and talented,” Powell said of her “Hit Man” co-star. “I remember we were looking for who would play the role… we didn’t have anyone in mind when we wrote it, but we knew he was the lynchpin of everything. If you didn’t buy into her humanity and vulnerability… you have to have some special magic and Adria really has it.”
“She’s amazing,” Linklater added. “She is very smart and funny. “She contributed a lot to that character and the credibility between them.”
For Powell and Linklater, “Hit Man” marks the latest collaboration between them following their beloved work on “Everybody Wants Some.”
“There’s a big nonsense inspector among us,” the actor said about why he keeps coming back to Linklater. “I can accept things and if they’re too much or too weird (he tells me) … there’s a lot of trust between us.”
News he was ahead from the Sundance Film Festival that Paramount is developing a third “Top gun”film, which will reunite Powell with Tom Cruise and Miles Teller. Powell said that when news of the third film’s development appeared online, he started receiving a lot of text messages with question marks.
“People were looking at me like they knew what was going on,” Powell said before previewing “Top Gun 3”: “Some fun things are going to be announced soon… but for me it was confidential. I talk to (Joseph) Kosinski, Cruise and Jerry (Bruckheimer) all the time. Things are happening and it sounds very exciting. “I don’t know when I’ll be back… I’m sure there will be a plane waiting for me at some point in the future.”
“Hit Man” will debut on Netflix this year.