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A little about BSW:
This film is inspired by the place I grew up, and the people I grew up with. I co-wrote it with one of my best friends, and we shot it in the summer of 2012 on FILM (16mm). We have an amazing ensemble cast that includes Beck Bennett (SNL), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), Reid Scott (Veep), Jessy Hodges (Enlisted), Erin Darke (Kill Your Darlings), Will Brill (Not Fade Away), Britt Lower (Unforgettable), and of course this frighteningly handsome pun wizard. We won a couple awards at last year's Austin Film Festival, ran an insane Kickstarter this Spring, and were just distributed nationally by Tribeca Film TODAY.
ALRIGHT YOU GUYS! We've gotta go! Thank you for being so fucking awesome! Take care!
Hey guys love you both, but my question is for Brett, how do you feel as being labeled Babyface Mcwildcard, and will Ward return to being a good guy character now that his evil beard is gone?
CHRIS: I thought I was the only one who called you that.
BRETT: Wait, I thought Chris was the only one who called me that.
Greetings from myself and the other mods over at /r/SHIELD. Thank you for posting about your AMA Chris, and Brett, you should totally come over and say hello! Director Coulson has already dropped by before and we would love to hear from the infamous Agent Ward as well!
That being said, can you tell me, in 15 words or less, why anyone should see your film? No BS, just straight from the horses mouth. Give us your best pitch.
CHRIS: GREAT QUESTION! Okay, I'll go first. Why you should see BSW in 15 words or less: Hemingway's Lost Generation on FILM Meets 2014 with More Nostalgia Than Your First Teddy Bear.
BRETT: Childhood friends realize you can't go back, life is messy, the passage of time hurts
Will the agents of shield ever have a significant role in any marvel movie? Even if someone just references them for a moment I will be happy.
BRETT: I would happily deliver coffee to Iron Man. After stealing his suit of course.
CHRIS: I would happily deliver coffee to Brett to deliver to Iron Man. I would do it wearing the skin of the Hulk. In my mind, it would be like wearing a big green blanket made of veins and Mark Ruffalo's dreams.
Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. Now you have my attention.
CHRIS: Thanks Calvin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyfdcoocex8
For Brett - At what point did you know you were going to be Hydra and how much background on what was happening in Captain America 2 were you given in advance?
BRETT: Chris told me during the shooting of BESIDE STILL WATERS.
CHRIS: I just had a feeling.
For the record Brett, the subreddit for shield has had many names for you, but this is the most recent. So like it, or else!
BRETT: I like it! Have we considered the name "Wildface McBaby?" No, that doesn't work. Wildcard McBeardstein
For Chris - how long did it take to shoot Beside Still Waters?
For Brett - Your puns are aWARD-winning awesome.^(I'm so sorry, that was the bad kind of horrible) And we all love you over at /r/SHIELD, even though your beard of evil is gone. On AOS, who's winning the prank war so far?
CHRIS: We shot Beside Still Waters in 3 6-day weeks. For me, it basically felt like Matthew Mcconaughey's storyline in Interstellar, where time became relative and by the end, I was somehow unexplainably making out with Topher Grace.
If Grant Ward played whiskey slaps with Agent May, what would the outcome be?
CHRIS: The outcome would be Agent Pregnancy Scare.
BRETT: Let's just say Lola wouldn't go un-touched.
Brett - Good Ward or Evil Ward?
BRETT: Is there no humanitarian Ward category?
CHRIS: Who the hell is Ward?
Brett: Jeph Loeb said that you and Iain have an embarrassing Bromance, is this true?
BRETT: Unfortunately, yes!
For Chris Lowell: I loved the Veronica Mars but thought we could have had more Piz time, so I was wondering if there was a second movie would you be interested in doing it? If yes, how wold you like Piz's sory to continue? :-)
CHRIS: I would do anything with Kristen Bell or Rob Thomas or Ryan Hansen or any of those guys. So, yes, I'd happily play Piz again. But quite frankly, I kinda want Piz to be Hydra. Y'know?
Brett, loved the beard. Please bring it back.
Chris, please come back to my television.
Question: How can we see the film if we're not in the US? Please let me throw my money at you.
P.S. Best $25 I've ever spent
Right now, BESIDE STILL WATERS is only available in the US and Canada, but we're in the process of securing foreign and DVD rights so you guys can check it out. Thank you for asking! And thank you for $25! Seriously, that's so fucking awesome.
For Brett: What is the next stage in Ward's facial hair?
BRETT: Fu Manchu
Brett: What was the most difficult scene to act in the movie?
Chris: What was the most difficult scene to direct in the movie?
CHRIS: Any scene with Brett.
Hey Brett, I just started watching Agents of SHIELD like a week and a half ago and got caught up pretty quick and Ward is def my favorite character! Especially when the Hydra reveal happened because I like bad guys haha
Anyways, what Marvel movie would you have liked to either be in or been in?
BRETT: Well, first of all you have really good taste. He's my favorite too. I would love to be in GUARDIANS so I could have an epic choreographed dance with Chris Pratt
We all love it. :) Embrace the bromance!
CHRIS: But Brett... I... well, I thought... I thought WE had a Bromance...
Who the FUCK is IAIN?! Who is HE?! WHO IS HE?!?!?
BRETT: Be still My Dear Waters. We'll always have Michigan.
I need a drawing, someone get on this ASAP
Hi Chris and Brett! Thank you for doing the iAmA. I am HUGE FAN of both of your work.
Chris, I enjoyed you on Enlisted and never missed a single episode and thank you for being an awesome person and actor. My question to you (and Brett, you can answer this too): What advice can you offer to fans that are going through bullying and hard times?
Brett: I enjoy your character on Agents of SHIELD and hands down, Ward is my favorite character. You are the reason why I love the show and you are an awesome person and actor. My question to you is: How do you enjoy working with Iain de Caestecker?
CHRIS: Oh man, thanks for the kind words. I got bullied a lot in school. I would just try and remind yourself that school is temporary. You'll be out of it soon enough and none of that bullying shit will matter anymore. In my experience, it's the bullies who typically fall most from grace after they graduate, because they suddenly realize they no longer live in a prescribed hierarchy and that no one likes them in the real world because they only know how to be an asshole.
Whoever is bullying you is an insecure idiot and they're probably getting bullied by someone you don't know about. Just keep your chin up. Hang out with anyone who treats you like a human being, whether it's your family or friends online.
My question is for Chris, I love your video with BriTaNick, any plans for more videos or anything else?
BRETT: I believe Chris is currently trying to stop videos from coming out. I swear I saw him in an infomercial late last night.
CHRIS: I love doing videos with those guys. Though I definitely make their lives a living hell when we shoot them. They write these very clever and meticulously structured pieces, and then I show up and just do everything in my power to ruin their lives. Then Brian picks up the pieces, cuts them together, and the outcome is one of the videos I'm in. Every once in awhile, I try and coerce them into doing shows with me. Like making images such as this one: https://twitter.com/mrchrislowell/status/534889207034941440
CHRIS: PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN BUY KNIFE SETS IN ONLY 8 EASY PAYMENTS GEEZ WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM MAN MY SHOW GOT CANCELLED REMEMBER I'M HANGING ON BY A THREAD - BY A FUCKING THREAD!
Brett, the puns, oh my the puns. You should check out /r/dadjokes.
Also how do you feel about the road this season is going down? Are you enjoying being well a wildcard?
BRETT: I think there must be a direct download from my brain to this website. I'll see if I can copyright my thoughts.
Hello! My question is, do either of you have any secret talents or skills you are willing to share with us?
CHRIS: I can tap dance. I'm also a good whistler. And if you close your eyes and take just the right amount of hallucinogenic drugs with earplugs, I do a great Nick Nolte impression.
BRETT: Special skills:
- If I parallel park right on the first try, I act like I meant to do it
- I can make a cup of coffee with one hand (thanks Kureig)
- I can type at 1,000000 WPM, I go through a lot of keyboards
Hey Brett, longtime fan of your character on AoS. I do have to ask:
*What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
*How would you feel if Ian grabbed your sandwich from you and threw it away?
CHRIS: I've actually seen this happen once before. Brett was eating a BLT and then some little punk snatched it out of his hand and threw it down a drainpipe. Brett remained calm. At first.
He armlocked the little twerp (who's name turned out to be Perry), and drove him to a farm in Guatemala, where Perry survived on weeds and his own fingernail clippings, while growing tomatoes and lettuce.
11 months later, Perry was taken to a bakery, where he learned how to make sourdough, while being beaten repeatedly with a rolling pin, by an Italian mobster named Giuseppe.
Eventually, Perry was brought back to the restaurant, where Brett skinned him alive and used his meat for bacon, in order to make another BLT, which tasted delicious.
(...I may have blacked out just now)
Topher Grace: big spoon or little spoon?
CHRIS: Little spoon that bald boy from the Matrix bends when he's getting jumped in line by Neo.
Brett, around my school, and especially drama department you're kind of a legend (you went there). What made you want to audition for your first two productions, what made you want to pursue acting afterward, and what would be some tips for someone looking in to a performing arts career?
BRETT: A legend? I guess paying my old teachers has worked after all. I tried a million other things when I was in high school and college, but this was the only thing that stuck. I have a lot of feelings.
On behalf of /u/dorkward as they are at work and unable to make this
> For Brett:
> Firstly, I have been enjoying 'Agents of SHIELD', so thank you for your work.
> Many fans have been very taken with Ward, particularly the Ward-Skye romantic relationship. This is in spite of Ward's proven disloyalty, manipulation, and connection to an international paramilitary Nazi organisation. Fan reaction calls to mind the '#FreeJahar' movement, which insisted Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 'too beautiful to be a terrorist'. What, if anything, do you think this says about societal permissibility of dangerous and abusive acts by the physically attractive?
> The romance between Skye and Ward was instigated while Ward was presenting his undercover persona. Since revealing the act, Ward has continually forced his affections on Skye, threatened her with rape (S01E22), and manipulated her emotions, all while maintaining that he loves her. Do you consider the relationship between Skye and Ward to be abusive?
> If we accept Ward's account of his childhood as true, do you believe this explains his current behaviour? More importantly, do you think this excuses it?
> For Chris:
> Congratulations on your directorial debut. I have been keeping tabs on you since 'Veronica Mars' (I personally think the Piz/Veronica was the healthier relationship).
> What makes your film different from other films about old friends reuniting, old flames being rekindled, and learning about life, love, and loss?
> All good writing must have an intention. What was your intention when you made this film?
> While you drew inspiration from your parent's lake house and high school friends, did your film draw any direct parallels to people you know? Do you think the author has any ethical responsibility when writing, such as when dealing with characters that are based on real people or events?
> And finally, for both of you:
> Would you rather have a thumb on the back of your neck, or fingernails on your nipples?
> (Sorry - I'm aware this is a lot. If you would just answer the first question each I'd be happy.)
CHRIS: Wow, thanks for such thorough questions. I think what makes our film different from the rest is that Mo (my writing partner) and I weren't trying to make a topical "big chill for the millennial generation." We just wrote about our own personal experience with the loss of a home and family. Our philosophy was that the more personal and specific we wrote, the more authentic and universal the story would become.
Also, I would definitely opt for the thumb. I can't handle nipple-play. I'm WAY too sensitive.
Q for Chris: What was the most challenging thing about writing BSW?
Q for Brett: What initially drew you to BSW?
BRETT: They cast me!
If you guys could play any Marvel superhero, including ones that are already cast, who would you want to play?
CHRIS: I always loved Gambit.
Brett: Was there mourning on set after you shaved, mainly from Chloe?
BRETT: No, we shot it at night.
Brett - When you auditioned for BSW and saw Piz sitting there, did you immediately turn around and walk out while screaming, "I'm Team Logan"??
BRETT: I pizzed my pants. But no, I couldn't have: they locked the door.
For Brett: Was it as awkward filming the scene with you and Tom on the dock as it was for us watching it?
BRETT: There were cameras there?
Brett: On a scale of 1-10 where would you rate your dorkiness?
Brett, i'm really curious, have you ever read any Agents of Shield fanfiction or seen any fanart? A lot of it is really good you should take a look :)
BRETT: I've seen some INCREDIBLE fan art!!! I think it would be fun to have an artist document my real life and make it cool. Like me grocery shopping! Or Changing a flat tire! Or getting jellybeans out of a vending machine!
How much time did you waste finding that video, when you could've answered more questions!!!
I don't know what you're talking about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI1WxgFNDo0