John Gallagher Jr.

EXCLUSIVE: John Gallagher Jr. Talks ‘Short Term 12’

EXCLUSIVE: John Gallagher Jr. Talks ‘Short Term 12’

John Gallagher Jr. talks about playing Mason in Short Term 12, debuting in theaters August 23

John Gallagher Jr.'s career is most certainly on the rise. He can currently be seen on the HBO hit series The Newsroom as Jim Harper, and his new film Short Term 12 hits theaters on August 23 after receiving rave reviews at the South by Southwest Film Festival. This drama, directed by first-time filmmaker Destin Cretton, centers on Grace (Brie Larson), who works at a facility for at-risk teenagers with her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). The plot thickens when a young woman comes to the facility with a plight that mirrors Grace's own troubled childhood, forcing her to confront the past.

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SET VISIT: ‘Jonah Hex’ Rises from the Grave in New Orleans!

No one wants to hear the words Howard the Duck in comparison to their latest work of cinematic art, but a flood of recent behind the scenes rumors have equated the upcoming Warner Bros. supernatural Western Jonah Hex to that much maligned cult oddity which featured a man in a duck suit making love to a crimped punk rocker while battling a space demon more concerned about the state of his fried eggs than his plans to envelope and destroy the Earth. Plot wise, Howard's stately persona has very little to do with Jonah Hex and his scarred-up face, except that they're both lesser known comic book entities whose audiences have failed to push them into the general pop consciousness before their films' release.

While Hex certainly has a long, enthusiastic, and constantly growing fanbase, the comic has never reached the same worldly status as our more recent big screen adaptations. It's a dilemma facing most major movie studios at this juncture in time, as our first tier heroes have already dominated the past decade in film. Now, directors and producers are being forced to turn to lesser-known commodities hoping to cash in on their cult status while also pushing them into the upper echelon of entertainment. Which can be a hard road to hoe when most audience members aren't familiar with the source material. The ruse certainly worked for Iron Man, a less significant Marvel character whose Cineplex incarnation has transformed him into an A list player capable of standing toe-to-toe with both Spider-Man and The Dark Knight (as this past weekend's box office numbers will certainly attest). This was made possible through a great script, a dedicated director in Jon Favreau, and a winning performance from Robert Downey Jr.. It's an enterprise built more on quality than pulp continuity, and director Jimmy Hayward is hoping to bring that same type of euphoric melding of ingredients to his take on this Civil War cowboy with the blistered cheek and the fast draw hand.

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