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Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer on Andrew Neel’s controversial “Goat"

Nick Jonas continues to shed his Disney matinee idol image in the controversial film “Goat,” about the violent hazing rituals of a Southern fraternity. The singer/actor and co-star Ben Schnetzer discussed the film with W Magazine’s Erik Maza from the Acura Studio at 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Released on 1/27/2016

Credits

Starring: Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer

Produced by: Emoticon Productions

Transcript

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(contempo music)
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We're in the movie, Goat,
00:07
and it follows a young man
00:10
as he pledges to his brother's fraternity,
00:13
in an attempt to kind of reclaim his masculinity
00:17
that he feels he's lost.
00:20
I think that the story is amazing,
00:22
you know, and when I sat with Andrew Neel, our director,
00:27
he had such an interesting take on it,
00:28
and a real clear vision for what he wanted to accomplish,
00:31
and I think any time you feel comfortable
00:34
in a director's hands like that and free,
00:36
it makes your job so much easier as an actor.
00:39
I was thrilled after the audition process,
00:41
that it happened with Ben
00:43
because you know, I really feel like
00:46
we had a real connection that was necessary
00:49
to kinda create the dynamic and the bond
00:51
of these two brothers.
00:53
We just kinda hit it off,
00:54
like, you know, he's not a hard guy to get along with,
00:57
and we, you know we were,
00:59
we got to Ohio, a week before the rest of the cast arrived
01:02
so we had some time to just bond
01:04
and Nick mentioned this earlier;
01:06
early on in rehearsal, we tackled some emotional scenes
01:09
and shared some stuff with one another,
01:12
and when you make a movie like this,
01:14
you share an experience and you share parts of yourself
01:16
with your ensemble,
01:17
that you don't share with a lot of people
01:21
and so inherently, there is a bond that gets formed there.
01:26
I think that the biggest thing to take away from this film
01:28
is fraternity culture and the dark side
01:32
of fraternity culture and what that can be
01:33
and that really stems from masculinity
01:37
and the dark side of masculinity
01:38
that I think is kind of a really messed up thing.
01:41
Don't think this is a cure, by any means, to an issue;
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whether, it's a fraternity side of things, masculinity,
01:48
but maybe, we start a conversation.