Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jan 27, 2013

SAG Award Video

And the 'Actor' goes to:

ARGO (Statues go to 13 Actors, including Mr. Chandler.)

SAG Winners: ARGO Cast Backstage

Argo: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
ARGO (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEN AFFLECK / Tony Mendez
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel
KERRY BISHÉ / Kathy Stafford
KYLE CHANDLER / Hamilton Jordan
CLEA DuVALL / Cora Lijek
JOHN GOODMAN / John Chambers
SCOOT McNAIRY / Joe Stafford

Congratulations!!!!  To the Cast of Argo!!!!

ARGO wins SAG Award ...

For Cast in a Motion Picture.

Jan 22, 2013

Sundance: Kyle Chandler’s Mission to Destroy Coach Taylor

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29:  Actor Kyle Chandler arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)  
Kyle Chandler.

James Ponsoldt's deeply felt teen dramedy The Spectacular Now is rightly winning raves at Sundance for the lead performances by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, but there's another turn we've got to tout: Kyle Chandler, cast way against type as Teller's dissolute, drunk dad. Now, instead of barking government orders at Ben Affleck in Argo or Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, he's an absentee father who really loves to talk about Key West, guzzle beer, and may not even have a job. Kyle Chandler, listening to Vulture's career resolutions!

"I'm a huge fan of Kyle's and have been for years," Ponsoldt said after today's screening. (Chandler, sadly, couldn't make it to Park City.) "Nowadays, really great one-hour television competes in many ways with really great dramatic films. There's fantastic writing on shows like Friday Night Lights … and in many ways, I think an audience gets so intimately connected to the characters because they're in their living rooms every week for five years."

Ponsoldt says that's exactly how he felt about Friday Night Lights' Coach Taylor, and it's why he got a sick pleasure in casting Chandler against type. "I feel like Kyle as Coach Taylor is sort of a throwback to a Gary Cooper, or a Henry Fonda, or a Jimmy Stewart: this profoundly decent bedrock of a great father and a great coach. And I was so excited to cast that guy as a raging narcissist and a horrible father!" he said, laughing. "I wanted to just destroy all of your feelings about Coach Taylor. And I hope I succeeded!"

Jan 21, 2013

Sundance 2013: A24 Acquires Competition Drama 'The Spectacular Now'

One of the most active new distribution companies on the independent film scene, A24 nailed down a deal to take North American rights to “The Spectacular Now” in the early morning hours Monday. The company plans a summer release for the film, which had its premiere Friday in the U.S. dramatic competition.

Directed by James Ponsoldt, whose previous film, “Smashed,” screened in competition at Sundance in 2012, “Spectacular Now” was adapted from the Tim Tharp novel by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (“(500) Days of Summer”). It tells the story of the complex relationship that develops between two teenagers with very different approaches to life.

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley star, with Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler and Andre Royo co-starring. Tom McNulty, Shawn Levy, Andrew Lauren, and Michelle Krumm produced.

"We fell in love with this film the minute that we watched it and we know the rest of the country will embrace this timeless love story,” said A24 principals David Fenkel, John Hodges and Daniel Katz. “James has directed a wonderful film that depicts young love with complete authenticity and has two young stars giving incredible performances with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.”

UTA Independent Film Group repped the sale for the filmmakers.

Sony Pictures Classics released "Smashed" in the fall, but it failed to attract a sizable audience. The presence of Woodley, who broke out in Alexander Payne's 2011 drama "The Descendants," could provide "Now" with some added appeal, though the film's serious take on young love could hamper it with audiences that seem rather more interested in the comedic kind.

Just prior to the launch of this year’s Sundance fest, A24 acquired rights to Sofia Coppola’s newest film, “The Bling Ring,” which it plans to release in June. It has Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” hitting theaters in February and Sally Potter’s “Ginger and Rosa” and Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” releasing in March.

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Jan 20, 2013

Variety Review: The Spectacular Now

Premiering at Sundance this week, read this review of Kyle Chandler's 'un-Coach like' performance:

Jan 19, 2013

Sundance: Anchor Bay Acquires Leland Orser’s ‘Morning’


EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Leland Orser’s directorial debut Morning. Pic’s not playing Sundance, but the deal just closed here. The film, which stars Big Love‘s Jeanne Tripplehorn, Laura Linney, Elliott Gould Orser, follows the life of an American couple immediately following the accidental death of their child. Morning was first seen at SXSW, when it was done as a short film. Orser expanded the story into a feature film and developed additional perspectives.

Morning follows the divergent paths of Mark and Alice Munroe as they circle each other in heart-breaking grief before finally coming to grips with their shared loss. Kyle Chandler, Jason Ritter, Charlie McDermott and Julie White. Morning was produced by Todd Traina through his Red Rover Films shingle and Orser wrote the screenplay.

Said Orser: “I think that what we are experiencing right now in mainstream cinema is a renaissance of the independent film drama. Good stories. Important themes. Center stage. This is a time for films that challenge us to think and to question and to feel deeply. Morning is a love story, in the truest sense of the word, that asks us to do all of those things. Todd and I are both thrilled that it has found a home at Anchor Bay with Kevin and his team who care as passionately as we do about film and filmgoers alike.”

Kevin Kasha and Marc Barson negotiated for Anchor Bay Films and Richard Turner repped Traina Productions/Red Rover Films.

Jan 18, 2013

Vulture’s 2013 Career Resolutions for Kyle Chandler

by Amanda Robbins

You don't have to see Broken City to find out what happens to Kyle Chandler; his dead face is right there in the trailer, staring up at you from a body bag. Poor Coach Taylor doesn't even make it to the halfway point of the movie, and before that, he's just another corrupt government type in a supporting role. If this sounds familiar, it's because Kyle Chandler has been playing frowning, supporting government types for most of his post-FNL career: the sheriff in Super 8, the chief of staff in Argo, a bureau chief in Zero Dark Thirty. Those are all quality films, of course, and we all know that Kyle Chandler does gruff, no-nonsense man's-man better than anyone this side of Dillon. But we believe in Kyle Chandler. We want more than an endless stream of case files for Kyle Chandler. So in the spirit of the new year, Vulture came up with five career resolutions for Chandler's 2013. Change begins within, etc.

Say no to unnecessary tasks. … especially those involving desk jobs or red tape. Put another way: If the script contains the words agentsergeant, bureau, take it to the chief, or the public can never know about this, it goes straight into the "no thank you" pile. Kyle Chandler is more than a bureaucrat; Kyle Chandler is a Friday Night Lights alumnus and a source of inspiration to many. He deserves a character with an arc and a backstory and a scene that does not involve horrible fluorescent lighting. Get out of that office and into the real world!

Relax. Sometimes being funny is just about sitting there looking unimpressed and offering dry one-liners when the camera is pointed at you. Kyle Chandler, we know you can do this, but why not try it in an actual comedy? Say, a Channing Tatum father-son buddy comedy about stamp-collecting?

Open yourself to love. It doesn't have to be goofy, rom-com love (in fact, it probably won't be), but what about a family drama? Or a non-cheesy (okay, just a little cheesy) indie with a sad widow down the street who just needs a gruff-but-stable man to help her rediscover the quiet joys of daily life? Anything that taps into that Coach/Mrs. Coach vibe and lets Kyle Chandler emote. He actually can emote, remember?

Get in touch with old friends. Speaking of Mrs. Coach, how is that Connie Britton doing? Funny you should ask! She is currently starring on the major network drama Nashville, which always has room for one more pained but well-meaning middle-aged southern guy. Maybe it's a washed-up Johnny Cash type who overcomes his recluse instincts to save Rayna's tour (yet again). Oh, or maybe Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre)'s long lost father shows up and then falls in love with Rayna. Just don't put him in the mayor's office (see Resolution No. 1).

Try a new hobby — or revisit an old one. Four words: pee-wee football reality show. Kyle Chandler coaches and writes things on the whiteboard at the end of every episode. Then there's a Pee-Wee Super Bowl in the finale, and everyone gets a trophy, because they have all become Real Men in Coach's eyes. [Wipes away tears.]

A Day in Ellen's Photos Featuring Kyle Chandler!

A Day in Ellen's Photos, Featuring Kyle Chandler!

Jan 17, 2013

"It sounds like bullshit when I say it," Kyle Chandler says, rearing up his internal-thought engine.

The actor pauses. Suddenly we're fearful that we're about to receive a Chandler rant on how the 47-year-old, after making it through more than decades of nothing parts and then engraining himself in the collective heart of middle America as Coach Taylor on the gridiron drama Friday Night Lights, can never shake his best-known role. Nope. Not this appreciative dude. "You know," he continues, letting his mid-tempo drawl run free, "I'm just really excited to get these jobs!"

Yep, life is good for the Georgia native. "This is a dream come true to work with these types of people," he admits, praising Hollywood players like Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), and Martin Scorcese (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Chandler's carved out a nice little niche for himself as the razor-sharp intellectual with an equally pronounced jawline (that's him as the White House Chief in Argo, a CIA ball-breaker in Zero Dark Thirty, and mayoral campaign advisor in the political action thriller Broken City, out this Friday). We spoke to Chandler about how he digs deep into his roles, that time he froze up on set, and how Los Angeles looks different with a new set of eyes.

DETAILS: I take it you were pleased last week to see Argo receive so much love at the Golden Globes?

KYLE CHANDLER: I mean, look, I popped in and out of that film so quick. But I'll tell you what, I certainly was glad to be part of it and I loved working with [Ben Affleck]. The best part about that film for me was that I did research and I was able to get a hold of Hamilton Jordan, President Carter's chief of staff. He was able to share some stories with me.

DETAILS:  Do you always dig so deep into a role before going on set?

KYLE CHANDLER: I try to, because that's what gives you a strong foundation to be able to walk out there and have some sense of what you're doing. It's like showing up at a crime scene; you don't know what you're gonna get or how you're gonna do it, but at least you've got the tools. The Wolf of Wall Street was the same way. I was fortunate enough to meet the FBI agent who helped bring down [stock market manipulator and "The Wolf of Wall Street" author, Jordan Belfort].

DETAILS: You're becoming the go-to actor for all things CIA and FBI.

KYLE CHANDLER: [laughs] Yeah. I now have to turn down anything that has to do with FBI, CIA or DEA. I've had a rash of those roles.

DETAILS: What turned you on to the role in Broken City?

KYLE CHANDLER: The initial thing was working with [Mark] Wahlberg. I had never met him before so I was just excited to go in and read for him. Also, when I found out that Barry Pepper was in it. I've been a massive, massive fan of his since Saving Private Ryan, and in this film I got to work pretty closely with him. When we were out one night in New Orleans after having some oysters, I said 'Hey, listen man. I really respect your work. I'm a big fan of yours. So thanks for not being an asshole.'" [laughs]

DETAILS: You weren't onscreen that much in the film, but you made your scenes count.

KYLE CHANDLER: It's a really tricky thing. It's been a great learning lesson and I feel so comfortable now compared to where I was maybe five years ago as an actor going onto these sets. On a television show you're there every day and you're comfortable. But going on movie sets for small roles, it's like grabbing on to a moving train, being on it for a half hour and then jumping off. You never really get to know anyone.

DETAILS: In a relatively short amount of time you've worked with top-notch directors like Kathryn Bigelow and Martin Scorcese.

KYLE CHANDLER: I was amazed when I was looking at the directors and the actors that I'm [now] working with. It can be pretty terrifying for any actor. And I say this in all honesty, I always consider myself a young actor. I always will. I'm always the guy who, when the job ends, [thinks] I'm never gonna work again. I think a lot of [actors] do that. But I was not nervous meeting these people. I really truly enjoyed being in their presence and taking their direction.

DETAILS:: You used to get more nervous on-set?

KYLE CHANDLER: I've locked up before. I still get nervous at auditions. I remember in King Kong I locked up on one line and [director] Peter Jackson had me going back and forth and my temperature shot up and I locked up.

DETAILS: After playing the wholesome character that was Coach Taylor on FNL, is it nice to dive into characters that sometimes blur the ethical line?

KYLE CHANDLER: I really liked the [Zero Dark Thirty] Joseph Bradley character because he probably had a more concrete effect on the physical world around him than any character I've played. He decides life and death. He is the ultimate decider at that post there in Pakistan.

DETAILS: After 21 years grinding it out in L.A. you're now down in Austin chilling on a 33-acre spread. Life must be splendid.

KYLE CHANDLER: I grew up in Georgia from the time I was 11 to 23 before I came out [to Los Angeles]. And we lived in a very rural area. Coming out to Los Angeles and raising a family there for the time that I did, it's a different pace for sure. And stepping back into something that was more familiar from when I was a kid, it's like recharging your batteries. When you get into your mid-40's you start seeing everything a little bit differently. I'm able to take a few more seconds to appreciate things. It's a great place to be. And now when I go back to Los Angeles I see things that I never saw before. 'Cause I had my blinders on while I was [in L.A.]. I was racing for the red light.

—Dan Hyman (@dshyman) is a writer based in Chicago.

Jan 16, 2013

Kyle Chandler on Ellen!

Kyle Chandler on Kelly Clarkson's Crush

Help Kyle Chandler's Daughter Stop Shark Finning

Kyle Chandler, star of "Friday Night Lights" and "Argo," told Ellen (Degeneres) about his incredible 11-year-old daughter, Sawyer, who wants to be a marine biologist. She's on a mission to stop the practice of shark finning, and you can help! Ending shark finning is a cause that Ellen cares about very much, and there's never been a more passionate or more adorable advocate than Sawyer!

Find out more on her website.

We at KCC support your cause, Sawyer!  We feel your passion for your very worthy, chosen cause.  You are making a difference in the world!

Jan 13, 2013

Argo and Zero Dark Thirty Win Golden Globes

Best Dramatic Film:  Argo
Best Director:  Argo
Best Dramatic Actress:  Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty Tops Box Office

1. "Zero Dark Thirty"                          $24 million
2. "A Haunted House"                         $18.8 million
3. "Gangster Squad"                           $16.7 million
4. "Django Unchained"                        $11.1 million
5. "Les Miserables"                             $10.1 million

Jan 10, 2013

Career Combacks: Kyle Chandler, Don Johnson & Bill Pullman

Samantha Schoenfeld, Origina

Let's take a look at three stars who are experiencing a career revival this week: a former coach taking the helm of his own career, an actor who seems to only take roles in which he is well-to-do, and a new president of the United States. So, who is making the best career decisions?

Kyle Chandler

After heading up one of my all-time favorite shows, Friday Night Lights, Kyle Chandler took a bit of a hiatus from acting. Sure, he was in Super 8 back in 2011, but his role wasn't large or significant enough to fill the gap from the end of Lights to now. Luckily, we have plenty of Chandler coming up on the big screen. He's swung back into the spotlight with the outstanding Argo in November, and in Zero Dark Thirty, another political movie, which will have its wide release on Friday. Also on the horizon for Chandler is Broken City with Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, and Catherine Zeta-Jones; The Spectacular Now with Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh; and the buzzy Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and Jon Favreau. Now those are some casts to shine with.

Don Johnson

Though I'm sure Don Johnson still misses the days of wearing expensive Armani suits and driving around in a Ferrari while chasing drug dealers, he must be pretty happy to be appearing in a huge film like Django Unchained. The slavery-set Western soared to $100 million at the box office in only 12 days, and it looks to have a long life ahead of it. As for Johnson, his performance as a flamboyant plantation owner has been critically acclaimed for anchoring the funniest scene in the otherwise grisly film. Maybe we'll see more of the erstwhile Detective James Crockett in the near future.

Bill Pullman

The President of the United States is back! Bill Pullman, who played our country's leader in the blockbuster hit Independence Day, takes on another term as the president on the new sitcom, 1600 Penn, which officially premieres this Thursday. The sitcom had a sneak preview in December, which did only so-so following The Voice -- which had 13.2 million viewers -- with only 7.2 million, shedding five million viewers. Honestly, the show was pretty terrible, and Pullman was goofy and awkward. Maybe his time on the stage has made him rusty for the screen, or maybe it's time he nix this comeback and hang up his hat for good.

Jan 9, 2013

Meet the Hot Men of Zero Dark Thirty

Pratt, Chandler, Clarke and Fares

There's nothing more attractive than a man in uniform. The political drama Zero Dark Thirty features plenty of them thanks to its all-star cast. Here are four actors who add talent and finesse to their roles.

This month, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow returns to the big screen with Zero Dark Thirty. It's a powerful look at one of the biggest manhunts in American history. The story centers on Navy SEAL Team 6, the elite group tasked with finding Osama bin Laden.

Jessica Chastain is the film's leading lady, but she gets a lot of help from her male counterparts. She works alongside TV and film vet Kyle Chandler, funnyman Chris Pratt, Australian actor Jason Clarke and Swedish star Fares Fares.

Want to know more about this hot quad?

Here's the breakdown:

1.  Chris Pratt 
Most of us know Pratt for his role on NBC's Parks and Recreation. But he broke out of his comedic mold for a part in Bigelow's drama. The actor plays one of the U.S. Navy SEALs chosen to infiltrate bin Laden's hideout. In an interview with Conan O'Brien, the typically "soft" Pratt revealed, "I had about five or six months and I really busted my ass to get in good shape." We believe him. The proof is in the film.

Kyle Chandler and Jason Clarke


2.  Kyle Chandler 
Will this man ever age? It's hard to believe but Chandler's been steadily working for 25 years. He's appeared on several TV shows including Early Edition and Friday Night Lights for which he won a Primetime Emmy in 2011. Since the show's cancellation, he's made the big screen his home. Chandler's landed roles in J.J. Abrams' Super 8, Ben Affleck's Argo and of course, Zero Dark Thirty.
3.  Jason Clarke 
Don't let the American accent fool you, Jason Clarke's Australian. The actor's been slowly but surely making a name for himself in the States. Aside from Bigelow, he's worked with other notable directors such as Michael Mann, Oliver Stone and Baz Luhrmann. This summer he'll appear in The Great Gatsby, and reunite with Zero Dark Thirty star and fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton.
Fares Fares
4.  Fares Fares 
Fares is a Lebanon-born Swedish actor with true international appeal. He began his acting career 13 years ago in 2000. Over the past few years he's started working his way into American theaters. In 2012, he starred opposite Denzel Washington in the crime thriller Safe House. We expect to see more of Fares in the near future

Zero Dark Thirty opens nationwide Jan. 11.

Photo credits: Brian To/Wenn (Chris Pratt), Sony Pictures (all others)

Ellen! Jennifer Lopez, Kyle Chandler

Wednesday, January 13, 2013 Episode

JENNIFER LOPEZ is here! One of the biggest film and television stars in the world -- she's a dancer, actress, chart-topping singer, producer, mogul and everything in between, and she's catching up with her friend Ellen. The mother of twins Maximilian and Emme is talking about her life after leaving "American Idol," her family, and her exciting new film, "Parker." This Wednesday, Jenny's on the block!

Then, he's starred in TV shows like "Early Edition" and "Friday Night Lights" and films like "King Kong" and "Super 8." Now KYLE CHANDLER is in one of the most talked about films of the year, "Zero Dark Thirty." He's telling Ellen about his experience on the critically acclaimed film that's considered an Oscar frontrunner!

Plus, "American Idol" winner PHILLIP PHILLIPS is in our studio for a performance from his hit album "The World from the Side of the Moon." Don't miss his song, "Gone, Gone, Gone"!

Jan 5, 2013

With the ‘Lights’ off, Kyle Chandler shifts career to the big screen

By Mathew Odam
American-Statesman Staff

Apparently there exists a super-secret playbook on how to launch a successful career as a film actor. It also seems Kyle Chandler has the only copy of this specific manual.

Step one: Leave Los Angeles and head to Central Texas.

Chandler and his wife, Kathryn, moved to the Austin area about five years ago after the actor started filming episodes of the critically acclaimed TV series “Friday Night Lights.” The actor with the piercing eyes and syrupy Southern drawl would earn three Emmy nominations and one win for his portrayal of Eric Taylor, a Texas high school football coach who gets the best out of his players while still finding time to nurture his tight-knit family.
With the ‘Lights’ off, Kyle Chandler shifts career to the big screen photo
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Kyle Chandler accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for “Friday Night Lights” at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Chandler moved to the Austin area about five years ago after he started filming for “Friday Night Lights.”

When “FNL” neared its end, Chandler’s phone started ringing. But this time, the calls weren’t about TV shows. The actor, who established himself as a respected TV performer in the 1990s with roles on “Homefront” and “Early Edition,” was suddenly wanted for major motion pictures directed by some very big names.

Chandler had a supporting role in J.J. Abrams’ 2011 summer smash “Super 8,” which came out just months after “FNL’s” final episode. Last year, Chandler appeared as President Jimmy Carter’s chief of staff in Ben Affleck’s nerve-rattling “Argo.” And, in arguably his most high-profile role to date, Chandler can be found co-starring in Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” The movie, certain to be nominated for a slew of Academy Awards, has already received rave reviews in other parts of the country and opens Friday in Austin.

“I didn’t expect it to happen this way, but when we moved out of Los Angeles to Central Texas, it was interesting because we had been out in Los Angeles for 20 years, and I guess there are certain stages in life when changes need to be made,” Chandler said. “I don’t think that what I’m doing right now would have happened if I hadn’t have done that. I think my creative batteries, if you will, were charged, and I think as a human it was needed.”

During his recent run of press to promote “Zero Dark Thirty,” Chandler has also been making regular trips to New York City to shoot Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which co-stars Scorsese muse Leonardo DiCaprio and Chandler’s fellow Central Texas resident Matthew McConaughey, Abrams, Affleck, Bigelow, DiCaprio, Scorsese, McConaughey ...

Talking by phone from a room in the Ritz Carlton overlooking Central Park, the disarming actor marvels at his good fortune.

“The last six months have been ridiculous. … It doesn’t really dawn on you that all that’s going on because it keeps happening one after the other and you just sort of go to work and do your job, but looking in on it, it’s pretty good people to work with,” Chandler says, chuckling at the understatement.

In “Zero Dark Thirty,” a dense but emotional thriller that tracks the 10-year period between the 9/11 attacks and the murder of Osama bin Laden, Chandler plays Joseph Bradley, the Central Intelligence Agency’s stern but smooth Islamabad station chief.

Chandler’s character has a terse, professional relationship with his strong-willed charge, Maya (Jessica Chastain), a CIA case worker at the tip of the spear in the hunt for bin Laden.
Chandler filmed his scenes in India, and says the remote location helped him relate to his character and the contingency of CIA officers in Pakistan who were stationed overseas with a singular goal in mind.

“It’s just natural that when you go to India to shoot a movie that you feel isolated, because you are isolated. It’s pretty intense,” Chandler said. “So to think of that lone person with that job, a little imagination can get you there. And of course you’re working with a director who can turn and give you a couple of words of direction that explain everything, which Kathryn can do very easily because she’s very knowledgeable.”

The idea of making a film so closely tied to politics and current events initially gave the actor pause. He wondered what Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal would do with the material. Would there be a biased point of view promoting or attacking any specific agenda or political narrative?
But his fears were assuaged by Bigelow’s and Boal’s diligence and preparation on a film that he says is “based on research and facts.”

The movie does follow a detailed timeline of the comprehensive group effort to find and kill bin Laden, but Chandler believes “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t just a cinematic answer to the question of how this critical piece of history unfolded.

With the ‘Lights’ off, Kyle Chandler shifts career to the big screen photo
Kyle Chandler stars as Joseph Bradley in “Zero Dark Thirty,” which opens in Austin on Friday.

“When you come to the end you can ask questions in a way that not many films give you the opportunity to do,” Chandler said of the moral complexities that come with a chilling view of enhanced interrogation techniques. “It’s a very grown-up, adult film.”

As he watched the movie for the first time, it dawned on Chandler how quickly the past 10 years had passed and what kind of effect the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent war on terror had on the country as a whole and on a collection of individuals.

“Its weight is just so immense, for everyone,” Chandler said of the film. “I think it will take people back. And that’s one great thing about the movie — at the end, because everything is honestly earned emotionally and factually, when you get to the end of the film … I had the reaction of ‘OK, that’s done. I can exhale.’”

It also made Chandler wonder what was next. Where do we go from here?

“It’s an intriguing emotion that’s created at the end of the film,” Chandler said.

For Chandler, who has played a run of authority figures on television and film over the past several years, next up is a slight change of pace. He co-stars in the indie coming-of-age teen drama “Spectacular Now,” which bows at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

As he looks forward to the world premiere of “Spectacular Now,” Chandler reflects on his departure from L.A. and this new chapter of his career.

“It was sort of a bold move,” Chandler said. “I did not expect all the great things to happen that came with it, but it’s been a great journey.”

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'Zero Dark Thirty' in a Real Life Controversy

CIA Official Who Destroyed Torture Tapes Squirms at Zero Dark Thirty Abuse

Actors Kyle Chandler, left, and Jason Clarke portray CIA officials involved in
torturing detainees in Zero Dark Thirty. A retired agency officer who destroyed
actual video footage of the torture has a beef with the film’s portrayal of
interrogations. Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Publicity

Go here for article, including references to a couple of key controversial scenes: