Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Apr 25, 2015

What Recently Got Bloodline Star Kyle Chandler to Bust a Move?

What Recently Got Bloodline Star Kyle Chandler to Bust a Move?
04/25/2015 AT 11:20 AM EDT

Kyle Chandler stars in the new Netflix drama Bloodline but the 49-year-old actor admits that he still gets embarrassed (but actually doesn't mind it!) from time to time. The Emmy-winner reveals that he's not afraid to dance and he's quite the romantic (Casablanca anyone?), when he chatted with PEOPLE this week about "one last thing" …

Last time I danced
It was by the pool two days ago with my four dogs. I ended up shaving them all by the barn. I had the music coming from the house and threw the tennis ball, so they were jumping in and out of the water, and I was dancing. But I don't dance in front of people, I can tell you that.

Last time I was embarrassed
I'm good at embarrassing myself. Really good. But usually any type of embarrassment that I have ends up being a positive, because I have no problem laughing at myself.

Last movie I watched
It was Casablanca with my wife [Kathryn] the day before yesterday. She's taking a college screenwriting class, and she's finding out timing and how scripts are written.

Last time I was recognized
I just came into the hotel and almost every single person I walked past said, "Welcome back, Mr. Chandler," which was strange. I didn't realize until I got to my room, but I think it was because Bloodline just came out and they're maybe aware of who I am again Laughs,,20918181,00.html

Apr 24, 2015

'Bloodline' Creators on Season 2: "Allegiances Start to Shift"

Executive producers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman talk about the tension-filled next chapter of the Rayburn family saga and the inevitability of the events in season one.
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[Warning: Spoilers ahead for the first season of Bloodline.]

Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn) is long gone, but he will still be part of the Rayburns' future when Bloodline dives into it's second season.

"We're now at the starting point where this story can launch from," co-creator and executive producer Todd A. Kessler tells The Hollywood Reporter. "And its taking not only the audience but the characters on this tremendous ride to get to this place where they have an understanding of why their siblings have done what they've done in relation to Danny."

The first season of the Netflix drama ended with John (Kyle Chandler) killing his troublesome brother Danny after a heated argument. Mendelsohn is under contract and expected to be back for the second season, Kessler notes, as Danny's influence doesn't go away.

"The first season really takes the family and these characters and brings them in essence to a starting line," Kessler reiterates. "Now the three siblings are responsible for, well, one is responsible for a murder and the other two are responsible for covering it up. So their lives are forever changed because of that. There will be an exploration of the impact of that leading a double life on the family."

Going into season two, the Rayburn family is still reeling from two major losses. Before Danny's death, patriarch Robert Rayburn (Sam Shepard) passed away in the fifth episode, something that was always planned as the end of that collection of episodes' first act.

"There's such a center of gravity around the patriarch and matriarch of the family. And if you remove that center of gravity, and that's essentially what we do by having Robert die, everyone looks to John to take that role," Kessler says of the impact of Robert's death. "And it also allows for things that can never be resolved, now that Robert is dead."

In the wake of Robert's death, Danny becomes a more frightening person to his siblings.

"There's a certain inevitability to how things unfolded. I also think that Danny's creating the inevitability. He's pushing that," co-creator and executive producer Daniel Zelman says. "I don't think he's specifically thinking I want them to kill me so they have blood on their hands, but I do think he's pushing them to an extreme place. Because he wants them to, and particularly John, he wants to show that John is not the good guy everyone thinks he is that John is capable of getting pushed to being knocked off his pedestal. Ultimately it backfires on him because he gets killed."

Now that John has blood on his hands, Kessler says the pacing of the series will speed up in season two.

"We knew we were taking our time with the storytelling and as the season progressed, it turns into a thriller. So in the second season, we're no longer in that place," he explains. "There's a very hot opposition out there that they have killed someone. I think that we now have greater flexibility in our story because something we already know has hugely happened for these characters."

One thing viewers will jump into in the second season is increasing tension between the three siblings involved in Danny's murder and those who don't know the truth. In the finale, it already seemed like the family matriarch, Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek), was on her way to finding out what happened as she's told by Detective Potts (Frank Hoyt Taylor) that her kids are lying to her.

"One of the fun things about second season is finding out exactly what he knows and how he knows it and what he's going to do with that information and then what Sally's going to do with that information," co-creator and executive producer Glenn Kessler says. "That's certainly a thread that's going to move forward and create jeopardy for the children."

Although Meg (Linda Cardellini) left the Keys for a change of scenery in New York at the end of the first season, Glenn Kessler says she'll find it challenging to extricate herself from her family.

"This is a family whose lives are so entwined. Everybody has their tentacles into everybody else. No one to this point has been able to step away and live their own life and that's something obviously that Meg is desperate to try to start to do. Part of the tension for her character is the struggle and what does she owe herself and her family at this point in her life and what is her responsibility to them," he explains.

One of the seeds planted in the first season that could drag Meg back into the drama is how John uses his speech, the voiceover woven throughout the season, to involve her in his motive for why Danny turned against his family.

"In the third episode, John says about Meg, and some of this might play out in future seasons as well, that she made a mistake and maybe she shouldn't have done what she did. What he is referring to is that by the end of the season Meg has decided to disinherit Danny and not bring him back into the business," Zelman says. "What that is creating for John, and we may hear more of this going forward, is John is creating a motive for why Danny turned against them, so John can one day say to people, 'Well, my sister did do this thing and I think that's why he became angry and I think that's why he started dealing drugs. … He went off the rails.' John's trying to add details that exist in the real life of the family so that if anyone were to look into it, they would say, 'Oh, look at honest John, he's coming clean.'"

But in fact, John’s remarks enable him to come clean without fully doing so, Zelman says, and to justify things in his own mind.

"We don't think that its something that an audience, just on one viewing or just having seen the first season, can completely absorb the different layers of that, but the echoes of that speech will continue to play out in future seasons," Zelman adds.
Danny's death will also affect the relationships between the remaining siblings, Glenn Kessler explains.

"For the first time in their lives, [they] don't have this buffer of the black sheep. They don't have this unifying force in their lives that no matter how difficult their own relationships get, they can look outside at this fourth party and know that we all have to be bonded as we deal with him," he says.

"They now have to deal with each other in a real way for the first time in their lives and sibling rivalry and resentments and frustrations and all sorts of historical things that have been tamped down because of Danny's presence – these things no longer can be tamped down.

"Allegiances start to shift and all sorts of issues start to come into the relationship because they're finally starting to come into light in a way that they were never able to before or never had to before. And of course it's happening at the worst possible time because these three siblings are shackled together in the cover up of this murder. They're not free to have challenges and issues that might be OK for them as siblings because they're actually supposed to be working together," he continues.

"There's a force that's starting to push them apart because they're actually starting to deal with each other in a full way for the first time in their lives. … Each of these characters and each of these actors have moved them to a place where you can absolutely see how the day comes, several seasons down the line, where it's every man for himself."

Production on the second season will begin in either late August or early September, Todd Kessler says, with Bloodline expected to be back on Netflix in the second quarter of 2016, or "probably sometime in May."

And there's potentially more to come after that. "When we sold the series, we sold concepts for six seasons, and it's really a deep dive into further relationships in the family," Todd Kessler says.

Apr 23, 2015

Emmys rematch: Will Kyle Chandler ('Bloodline') crush Jon Hamm ('Mad Men') again?

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Get ready for an Emmys rematch four years in the making, as Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") are once again predicted to duke it out for the gold. The last time these two leading men faced off in 2011, Chandler won the trophy for the final season of "Friday Night Lights," while Hamm was left holding nothing but an empty "Suitcase."

Do you think either of them will win Best Drama Actor this year? Hurry -- make your predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Emmys).

According to our exclusive odds -- drawn from the predictions of our Editors, Top 24 and readers just like you -- both Chandler and Hamm will be bested by Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"). The two-time Oscar champ has odds of 10/3 to win his first Emmy.
Hamm sits in second place with odds of 4/1, followed by Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul") at 15/2 and then Chandler at 9/1.

For the record, I'm banking on Chandler to win at this early stage of the derby. (See all of my Emmy predix here.) There's no way anyone can beat him if he submits the "Part 12" episode of "Bloodline" to Emmy judges. He's. That. Good.

When Gold Derby Senior Editor Daniel Montgomery chatted with Chandler last month, he told the "Bloodline" star that his 2011 Emmy victory for "Friday Night Lights'" swan song "seemed like an upset that year." (Watch the interview below.)

Hey, Daniel: I actually envisioned that upset for Chandler, but no one listened to little old me. Back before Gold Derby's predictions center came about, we had a rudimentary scoring system -- see it here -- that predicted Hamm would win the Emmy with leading odds of 10/3. While still in the pre-noms phase of 2011, Chandler was way down in our seventh place position with 20/1 odds.

Did our odds-makers underestimate Chandler that year, or were we simply putting too much faith in Hamm?

In the seven cycles of "Mad Men," the cast has reaped 34 Emmy bids and lost every single one of them. That reveals an enormous disconnect between Emmy voters and the show. They like its stars enough to nominate them year after year, but they clearly don't love them.

One caveat worth mentioning: Perhaps Chandler claimed victory in 2011 because voters wanted to give him a goodbye hug as his show was ending. Might that same criteria help Hamm this year as "Mad Men" bids farewell to television? Voters might feel an emotional pull to finally reward Hamm, while Chandler's on a brand new show so there's no urgency to give him another Emmy just now.

In our TV message boards, our savvy forum posters are currently debating this hot Emmys topic. Tony_DiMeo says, "Back in 2011 jaws were dropped when Kyle Chandler won best lead actor in drama instead of the beloved Jon Hamm." Marcus Snowden responds, "I'm going to wait until Hamm has a definite winning episode because it's too early at this point. I am predicting Chandler and Hamm to be nominated, though." And Taloson concedes, "If he submits 'Chapter 12' Chandler could be really well-positioned. I'm not positive that Weiner will give Hamm a tape as great as 'The Suitcase,' but I sure hope so." See more comments here.

Make your Emmys picks now -- click here -- or scroll down to predict the Best Drama Actor winner using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Best predictions will win $1,000. And the 24 Users with the best scores advance to a team to compete against our Experts and Editors next year. Meet the guy who won our contest to predict the Emmys last year -- and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar. See contest rules.

Apr 13, 2015

The Old-Guy Hair of Bloodline Is Just Plain Glorious

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There are lots of good reasons to get hooked on Netflix's Bloodline. The ragged, itchy beauty of the Florida Keys. The ragged, itchy beauty of Kyle ChandlerThe Last Solid Dude's campy voice over: ("We're not bad people. But we did a bad thing"—got it, Chris Isaak). But most especially, the extraordinary casting. By which we mean the extraordinary middle- and late-age hair of Sam Shepard, Ben Mendelsohn, Norbert Leo Butz, and Chandler. Yes, Sissy Spacek. Yes, Linda Cardellini—in possession of a worth-watching-ness all their own. But this is about the dudes and their really-really-ridiculously-good-looking hair.

When I'm asked to assess whether someone is handsome, all I really see is height and hair. "Is your friend cute?" I dunno, he's tall. Same with my faculties as a TV critic, I guess: Does Bloodline suck? Maybe! Beats me. All I see are man manes. Leave the GQ-issue shaved-sides-and-high-pomp to Justin Bieber and Arsenal strikers, because this is the hair which we can all aspire to—when the dream comes true and we finally get to move to an island and live out our days in linen pants.

First, the hard-nosed patriarch, Robert Rayburn, played by Sam Shepard. This guy is basically a hundred years old and has more hair than all of my under-thirty friends. Just like Yeager only grayer.

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Next up, Ben Mendelsohn, as the dangerous and distressing black sheep, Danny. It's not exactly surfer locks, it's more of a methy marlin-fishing glamour. Carl Hiaasen undoubtedly has a name for this—I hope it's "Keys flow."

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Followed by: Kyle Chandler as the second son, Coach Taylor. Doesn't look a day grayer than he did when he started at East Dillon.

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And finally, Norbert Leo Butz as the third brother, the hot head, Kevin. Kevin may lose his hair one day. I hope it doesn't happen, but it might. At least he'll go heroically in a blaze of golden locks.

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Breaking Bad was arguably the best show of the last decade. I loved every minute of it. Today, though? Looking back? Knowing now what else is out there? Too bald. A tyranny of bald.

Apr 1, 2015

Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor named Irish Special Teams Coach


Chandler to play as Coach Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights in hopes of improving maligned Irish Special Teams unit.

With clear eyes and a full heart, Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly announced the final hiring to the Irish coaching staff Wednesday morning at a relatively packed press conference.
In a surprising move, Kelly announced that actor Kyle Chandler, famous for his portrayal of Texas high school football coach Eric Taylor from the critically-lauded "Friday Night Lights," will be helming the Irish Special Teams unit.

The catch is that Chandler will be performing the role completely in the character of the East-West Dillon High head coach in the amazingly awesome NBC drama.

"Look, I got the series on DVD over Christmas, binge-watched after the bowl game, and really got what the show was all about." said Kelly, clad in a hunter green plaid blazer. "I said to myself, 'Brian,' this guy has the answer to why our coverage unit was so sub-par this past season."

Kelly voiced his proposal to Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, who was cool to the idea until an astounding development changed his perspective.

"I really didn't get having an actor be a coach," said Swarbrick. "But it turns out that embedded in the NBC television contract is a clause where it's encouraged that current and former stars of NBC shows take on active roles in the University. Hiring Coach Taylor to the football team was a no-brainer after discovering that."

Chandler himself wasn't quite sure of being able to tackle the role either.

"I wasn't really big on being a method actor here, especially in a role I haven't played since 2011, but I sat down with Coach Kelly and watched game tape of this past season." said Chandler, also clad in a plaid blazer and sitting in front of a nameplate bearing his Friday Night Lights moniker. "I said to myself, 'well, they're so inconsistent that maybe I can knock some Texas sense into 'em.'"

Coach Taylor's appearance on the sideline is nothing new. Last season, he appeared on the Irish sideline during the Shamrock Series matchup with Purdue as part of an NBC promo of the Friday Night Lights Blu-Ray announcement. Taylor shadowed Kelly during the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Kelly said the Coach Taylor will start immediately and will  handle the kicking, punting and coverage duties. When asked how he would motivate the maligned special teams unit, Taylor smiled.
"I stick by my saying which is guaranteed to work," He said. "Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose."