Glen Powell has collaborated with his idol, director Richard Linklater, on not just one but four films! A lifelong fan of Linklater’s movies, Powell’s dream came true when he co-wrote and starred alongside the Oscar-nominated director in the latest action-comedy Hit Man.

A still from Hit Man (Credits: Netflix)
A still from Hit Man (Credits: Netflix)

In this $8.8 million movie, Powell wasn’t just the star. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Linklater himself. The film centers around hitman Gary Johnson (Powell), who breaks the rules to help a woman escaping her abusive husband and ends up falling for her.

Glen Powell’s Childhood Obsession with Richard Linklater

Glen Powell as Ben in a still from Anyone But You
Glen Powell as Ben in a still from Anyone But You (Credits: Sony Pictures Releasing)

It all started in high school for Glen Powell. Back in his creative writing class in Austin, Texas, everyone was busy writing poems, but young Powell was the odd one out. “I was writing screenplays in the creative writing class,” he remembers.

His teacher, Dr. Schack, turned out to be a big Richard Linklater fan, and that’s what really got him hooked on the director’s work. The actor went on to watch every single Linklater movie he could find. “And I watched all of his stuff, he said in an interview with MTV‘s Josh Horowitz. Since then, his love for the director’s unique way of telling stories just kept growing.

Things got even more interesting for Powell when a film editor who worked with Linklater visited his class one day. This editor gave the inside scoop on how movies are made, which totally stoked Powell’s dream of working with Linklater himself.

Glen Powell’s Dream Came True by Starring in Hit Man

A still from Hit Man (Credits: Netflix)
A still from Hit Man (Credits: Netflix)

That dream started taking shape when Glen Powell, at the young age of 14, scored a bit part in Linklater’s movie Fast Food Nation. Even though it was a small role, it was a huge deal for Powell. The 35-year-old said in an interview with MTV:

I got to audition for ‘Fast Food Nation’ when I was like 14 years old. And I have small tiny role with Paul Dano in that movie, just like couple lines, probably not delivered well, but I’m in the movie. And I got to strike up this friendship with Rick.

Meeting on the set of Fast Food Nation was just the beginning for the two. Fast forward ten years, Powell and Linklater were back together, teaming up on the hit comedy Everybody Wants Some!

This movie was a big success with the critics. Their success kept going with the animated film Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood. Then, Powell’s dream finally came true with Hit Man. This movie is a team effort for both the actor and director. Not only does Powell star in the film, but he also helped write the script alongside Linklater.

Watch Hit Man on Netflix!

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