Wyatt was featured on Sam Jones’ famous Off Camera show and magazine. Check out the clips from the episode and head to the gallery for digital scans.
Wyatt stopped by Build Studios in New York where he got to talk about the new season of Lodge 49 and Dudley’s upcoming journey. Check out the photo and video coverage.
Take one look at Wyatt Russell — the shaggy blond hair, the Southern California drawl, those blues eyes, that beard that sometimes fluctuates between handsomely masculine to Father-John-Misty bushy — and you can see why folks might want to cast him as a stoner heartthrob. To be fair, he does not necessarily have a problem with that. “Look, man, smoking weed is great!” the 32-year-old actor says, chuckling. The publicist sitting 10 feet away from Russell looks up from his phone for a second, shooting him a look that veers between friendly and dude-what-the-fuck-did-you-just-say-to-a-journalist? “I live in California where it’s legal, so, like, I can say that?” Now both of them are laughing. For a second, it’s like Willoughby, his breakthrough joint-rolling baseball player from Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, has just entered the building and taken over the interview.
“But I mean, I totally get what you’re saying,” he adds. “What I want to do, however — and maybe this sounds too hippie-ish, but whatever — is to find roles where the same magic you feel when you’re high is there even when you’re not stoned. You know, whether you’re bumming around a beach or, like, fighting monster Nazis.” (More on that last non sequitur later.) He strokes his hirsute chin. “It’s a good way of looking at life, too. Dud taught me that.”
“Dud” Russel’s amiable, if admittedly dim, ex-surfer who joins a Free Mason-like fraternal order on AMC’s early-fall dramedy Lodge 49 (and who does not toke up, the actor is quick to point out, “though, like, you could not be faulted for thinking that he did”). The brainchild of novelist-turned-TV-producer Jim Gavin, this idiosyncratic character study follows a SoCal lost soul as he stumbles into a decidedly chill local branch of an international secret society, filled with fellow misfits like a New Age kook who runs a marijuana dispensary, an ex-cop who fronts a surf band and a plumbing company’s sales rep named Ernie (played by Brent Jennings) stuck in a mid-life crisis. Quirky is too mild a word to describe the show’s ambling, rambling ’70s-cinema vibe (“[They] are probably the least aspirational characters on television,” the show’s co-producer Peter Ecko admitted to Variety). And if we stick with the show’s slow-burn narrative, it’s because Russell gives his character an almost guileless, go-with-the-flow charm and poignancy. [More at Source]
Blessed with royal Hollywood DNA — his parents are Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, after all — Wyatt Russell was well positioned for movie stardom. But after roles alongside his father in “Soldier” and “Escape From L.A.,” he wiped the stardust from his tender eyes and by 15 began mastering the skills to become a professional hockey player. Then injuries derailed his dreams, and he found himself back in front of the camera.
Now he’s rather perfectly cast in “Lodge 49,” a modern-day fable set in Long Beach, Calif., from the writer Jim Gavin (“Middle Men”), which debuts Aug. 6 on AMC. Mr. Russell plays Dud, a sunshine-y former surfer who lost his mojo after a snakebite in Nicaragua and his father, the owner of a pool-supply store, vanished in the Pacific — leaving a limping Dud and his sardonic twin sister, Liz (Sonya Cassidy), in debt and untethered.
Then kismet happens. After Dud discovers a ring from the Ancient and Benevolent Order of the Lynx on the beach, his car runs out of gas in front of the fraternal order’s decrepit lodge. He naturally views this as a sign. Longing for the companionship offered by the order, and mesmerized by its legend of alchemy, he embarks on a quest for the idyllic life he lost, guided by Ernie (Brent Jennings), a middle-age plumbing salesman who holds the position of Luminous Knight within the fictional order.
“There’s nothing seemingly sexy about that world,” said Mr. Russell, who last year appeared opposite Anna Kendrick in “Table 19” and Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West.” “But what I love about it is that life is magical if you choose to look at it that way. And Dud has that in spades, and continues to give that to others, with his spirit and his energy and his will to find the light in the dark.” [Source]