As the writer, director and lead actor of the powerful new film "Bellflower," Evan Glodell is a cinematic force to be reckoned with. Taking intense real-life ideas from his own past and mixing them with a serious dose of high-powered nitroglycerin, Glodell has ended up making one unique and potent piece of celluloid. The film is in contrast to the mild-mannered Glodell himself, a humble guy who always seems like he doesn’t want to toot his own horn. (I’ll do it for him – five star work sir!) Finishing our 'Bellflower Week' with a bang, Starpulse sat down one-on-one with the normally guarded Glodell for some deeper and more revealing insight and what follows is a refreshingly candid look at the ideas and influences behind the deeply personal world of Bellflower not so freely spoken of by Glodell – until now. Here’s triple threat...
Just from a personal level, what kind of movie is "Bellflower" to you?
Evan Glodell: It’s a love story about two friends and about a guy falling in love with a girl and he learns about heartbreak and responsibility. The movie is an attempt to really make something that illustrates what it’s like to go through that, because it’s not what it look like from the outside.
What kinds of films are you a fan of – what did you watch growing up?
EG: I watched everything. I liked horror movies and action movies, but I had an obsession with Arnold Schwarzenegger films when I was really young - hardcore. I went to the barber and I was like, ‘Cut my hair like the Terminator!’
In the notes the film is described as an ‘intensely personal story incorporating many real life events’ – where does the genesis of "Bellflower" come from personally?
EG: I feel like the majority of the things in the script had at least some basis in reality, but the relationship I went through that inspired the movie, that was the main thing. That’s what started it; one relationship I went through that when it ended it was so intense it made me realize my life isn't gonna be what I thought it was gonna be. And trying to understand why it happened and why it was so difficult for me to get through – then the idea came up for the script.
Your co-star Jessie Wiseman once said, ‘Love makes you do crazy things’ – but in such an intense film like "Bellflower" can these things be forgiven?
EG: Certainly a big part of it is the realization at the end everyone plays their part – for me it’s the biggest thing. You realize that you blame something on or curse God or some natural force when something’s happened to you – you’re like, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ Getting rid of that idea is a pretty huge part of my realization on my personal journey of the relationship I went through, the experience of working on this movie, and trying to understand it.
The film would not have had such a powerful second half if not for the intense and real relationship between you and Jessie’s character – what did you do to elevate the chemistry?
EG: We’ve known each other almost nine years. But when the idea from the script came in, obviously just like you said, one of my biggest worries was if you don’t feel and care about the relationship you’re not going to go anywhere the second half of the movie goes. That’s why the whole entire first half focuses on the relationship.
A lot of the articles and press written about the film focuses on the cool cars, gadgets and what not instead of the central theme of the ups and downs of a relationship – do you feel like this idea might get missed or watered down?
EG: Yeah and it’s an interesting phenomenon because that phenomenon of people latching onto the car after seeing the movie, when it first started happening no one did that. Literally that happened organically somehow where people would come to our screenings at festivals and they’d really like the movie and they’d come up to you afterwards and say, ‘We really liked the movie!’ And we’d all be at a bar and their friends would meet up with them that weren’t at the movie and they’d be like, ‘Dude meet this guy – he made this movie! You have to go see this movie Bellflower!’ And they’d be like, ‘Really? What is it?’ And the guy’s like, ‘It’s...ah...there’s a...he’s...there’s a...really sweet ass car!’ Like they want to sell it to their friends, but they don’t want to say it’s this intense loves story and it’s really dark, you know? They’re like, ‘There’s this apocalypse car in there that shoots flames!’ Even us dealing with the car and the car being such trouble on the set, it became this thing where when the car was running it was so f*cking cool. It worried me a little bit when it first started happening because I didn't want people to feel misled because it’s not a car movie, it is not. It’s not a movie about the apocalypse either – even though it has those elements. But it does seem that the car was chosen as the spokesperson for the movie by the general population.
Do you feel that the idea of the apocalypse came in because of the whole worship of Road Warrior baddie Lord Humungus and because of the his ideals stated in the movie that ultimately make the second half of the film so powerful?
EG: It certainly seems to end up that way, for me that was when it comes together oddly. The intense climax for sure, but also in the wake of it when they’re just talking about nonsense. But obviously the Lord Humungus in the movie has made up ideals that are nothing like the real Lord Humungus’s ideals. The real Lord Humungus spends all day choking out half naked men (laughs) and threatening to kill people!
And finally, what has been the most surprising reaction to your film by audiences?
EG: It seems like every screening we’ve had there is always a couple of old ladies or older gentlemen and they are the ones who after the screening are most likely to come out and hug me. They seem like they really get the movie through and through or they don't blame different characters. I’ve spent so much time with it that I feel like I’ve gotten to a place where I can look at the characters objectively and I don’t blame any of them and it’s interesting to see that the older audiences sees it as I see it – and I get hugs which is cool.
"BELLFLOWER" OPENS AUGUST 9 FROM OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIES.