In Super 8 I play.. A policeman in a small town where strange things happen; People disappear, things disappear. The film takes place in 1979, and my son in the movie is 14. It just happens that in 1979 I was 14, so when I walked into his room on the set, I felt like I was walking into my old bedrrom. There was an Atari sitting on the floor, all this iconic stuff. It was fantastic.
Growing up.. I was somewhat reclusive. My father passed away suddenly when I was 14. I was talking with a friend from high school who said I wasn’t the same for a year. Then one day I came to school and was back to my old self. That shook me. It brought back all those memories of what it was like to lose my dad. It was harsh.
Saying good-bye to Friday Night Lights.. I always wanted to make Coach Taylor a little bit worse than he was- have him lie a little bit more and be more of a real guy. Do I miss him? No, He was fun while he lasted, but I don’t miss characters after I’m done playing them.
On my parenting style.. I lose my temper too much, I yell too much, I tell them to turn the lights off too much, clean their rooms too much, stop fighting too much. That said, I feel like I’ll never be able to give enough time to Sydney and Sawyer. Even though my girls are only 15 and 9, I already regret not spending enough time with them.
My favorite quality.. Are you asking me to talk nice about myself? Hell, I don’t know. If I had something nice to say about myself, I’d keep it private.
How I give back.. I’m one of the founders of Beyond the Lights, which raises money to help people get out of their wheelchairs and start walking again. I just participated in our annual tournament in Texas. There’s nothing more gratifying than giving.