This week, Grey Goose celebrated the film, 10 Years, with a reunion-style brunch attended by the film’s cast, which included Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Max Minghella, Kate Mara and more. The fabulous event took place on the Hotel Chantelle roof.
In this ensemble comedy, 10 Years follows a group of friends on the night of their high school reunion who, a decade later, still haven’t quite grown up. Jake (Tatum) is deeply in love with his girlfriend (Dewan-Tatum) and ready to propose – until he runs into his high school flame (Dawson) for the first time in years. Jake’s friend Cully (Pratt) married his cheerleader girlfriend (Graynor), and has been looking forward to the reunion so he can finally apologize to all the classmates he bullied in high school. However, after a few too many drinks, the jock-turned-family man ends up reverting back to his old ways instead. Meanwhile, longtime rivals Marty (Long) and A.J (Minghella) spend the night picking up right where they left off, vying to impress the hottest girl (Collins) in class. The famous one of the group, Reeves (Isaac) is now a rock star, but is still too shy to talk to his high school crush (Mara).
Ten Years, which is now playing, marks screenplay writer Jamie Linden’s directorial debut. Channing Tatum produced and starred in the film.
Q: We hear this film is loosely based on your ten year reunion.
Jamie Linden: Scott Porter, who is an actor and a good friend of mine, we went to high school together in Orlando and we went to our reunion right before we started filming Dear John with Channing and so when we were there, Channing didn’t go to his reunion, so we started talking about it and we wanted an excuse to get a bunch of actors together and see what happens, and our reunion seemed like a good setting for that. It seemed like a good chance to make it all happen.
Q: And what was your favorite scene in the movie?
Jamie Linden: I have a lot, because here’s the thing: I’m a writer and that’s how I earn a living and I wanted to direct as an extension of writing. But what I wanted to do is to be as collaborative as humanly possible, so my favorite scenes are the ones that the actors sort of came up with themselves. Oscar’s song, for instance, Oscar performs a song in the movie and he wrote it himself and I cannot write songs to save my life, so I love that. And there’s a scene with Ari Graynor towards the end where she is taking shots because her husband is completely passed out drunk, and that was Ari’s idea and we collaborated and wrote it together and rewrote it together. For a writer, there’s nothing better than to see something that you put on a page in a rote manner and like the actors, find it and make it bigger and better and that happened time and time again.
Q: And you got a fabulous ensemble, how did that come about?
Jamie Linden: Starting with Scott and Channing and Jenna and I called all my friends who I worked with before – Kate Mara and Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty who I worked with on We are Marshall, and people I knew like Ari and said, “We’re doing this thing. It’s going to be really loose and you’re not going to make any money, but everybody’s going to be together and we’ll figure it out as we go” and I called up Chris Pratt and I said I’m a big fan. I didn’t know him personally. I called up Justin, I’m a big fan of his, but didn’t know him personally and I said, “Here’s what we’re doing… would you be interested…” And we just did it as naturally as possible. We tried from the beginning to design something that everybody can be as involved with as possible.
Q: Tell us about your character.
Scott Porter: Jamie wrote a lot of these characters with actors’ names in the initial script, so Channing’s character Jake was originally named Channing. And when we got down to Albuquerque to shoot the movie, we had a naming party and he kind of, Jamie just said this very simply, “Everybody, name your own character.” And that’s where we kind of felt like the power that he granted us in this film kind of transferred to us. But he would not let me change my name because I went to high school with Jamie and a lot of my character is based on my actual life and, so he wouldn’t let me rename my character. But my character is an eternal optimist. He’s a guy who’s not afraid to take on challenges and just keep moving forward in life and I think a lot of people have regrets and a lot of people are always looking back and Scottie P. in the film doesn’t do any of that and I think it’s a really kind of inspirational kind of character. It’s fun.
Q: Was it fun to bring some of the true events from your life into this movie?
Scott Porter: You know, I don’t mind watching films or TV shows that I’m in because I’m playing a character. This one’s tough for me to watch because there’s a lot of me in it. There’s a lot of me in this film and I feel kind of like, mom and dad have some friends over at the house and they’re trying to embarrass me by breaking out an old home video. That’s what I feel like about this movie. But it was fun to kind of be that free and that loose, and to be that trusting that who I am kind is going to translate well into the film. And Jamie was so supportive and he’s such an amazing friend outside of this business. He’s such a great person. I’m proud of him on all levels.
Q: And what’s next for you after this movie?
Scott Porter: I’m shooting the second season of Hart of Dixie right now, Rachel Bilson and Jaime King and we’re having a lot of fun this year. My character in the first season was really kind of uptight and really like a standup guy and he’s kind of lost in the wilderness. You could say in this season it’s a little bit crazy and it’s fun to play somebody that’s coming unhinged and that’s kind of what my character is doing. And then I have a movie with Aubrey Plaza called The To Do List. That will come out in February. We’re just gearing up to start doing some promos and stuff for that. But it’s a great movie. I’ve just been really fortunate the past couple of years to be a part of projects like Ten Years with a huge ensemble cast full of really talented people. I’m really honored to be in their company.
Following the carpet, in true Sunday New York City brunch fashion, guests in attendance were treated to a buffet-style spread, plus Grey Goose cocktails that included Bloody Marys, a refreshing Hamptons Punch, and the crowd favorite, Boston Tea Punch. As a cute twist on the event, guests and celebs alike wore name tags, paying homage to the film’s plot surrounding a high school reunion.
Anchor Bay Films release 10 Years is now playing. It is rated PG-13 for language, alcohol abuse, some sexual material and drug use. RT is 100 minutes.
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