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Jake Johnson's 'Ride the Eagle' is a true pandemic indie

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:FILM CLIPS ARE CLEARED FOR MEDIA BROADCAST AND/OR INTERNET USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS STORY ONLY. NO RE-SALE. NO ARCHIVE. DECAL1. Trailer clip- "Ride the Eagle"ASSOCIATED PRESSLos Angeles, 20 July 20212. SOUNDBITE (English) Jake Johnson, actor:"It obviously took us longer to write it, but it was 10 days of production because we were in the midst of the pandemic when it was kind of at its worst, pre-vaccines, all that stuff. And we were in the middle of the California wildfires, too. So we got like -- we didn't think we were going to be able to shoot up in the mountains. Driving up was a joke. But when (director) Trent O'Donnell and I came up with this original idea, we just wanted to make a movie so bad because our business had shut down and that dog, Nora, I had gotten during the pandemic from a guide dog program. She was a retired guide dog. So she was so smart. But I was like communicating with her about, like, how she's got to get into our family dynamic. And Trent and I talked about how it was comedically the way ('New Girl' character) Nick would talk to Tran, because I would get reactions and I would tell my wife I'd be like, 'I think this dog is so smart that she's responding.' So we're like, 'Let's make a movie about a guy and his dog who gets his mother's cabin. And it's just me and the dog.' And then as we started writing, it got bigger and bigger. But we had the original idea was to make a real weirdo movie with me and a dog in a cabin."DECAL3. Trailer clip- "Ride the Eagle"ASSOCIATED PRESSLos Angeles, 20 July 20214. SOUNDBITE (English) Jake Johnson, actor:"In writing it, it was just really joyful to not be thinking about the pandemic and the election and America and the division and what was happening with everything in our country at that time in the world. It felt so nice to go in my office and be like, 'Let's play make believe.' It was like I was so happy to play Dungeons and Dragons. And so we created our own galaxy where people come together and a mother and son forgive each other and everyone's happy to see one another. And in the end, like ('Ride the Eagle' character) Leif is going to like try to be closer to humans, because I was --getting so tired of everything, every institution I care about being ripped apart. So every moment of this one was joyful for us. And I you know, I'm not an overly -- I'm not somebody who believes in like have gratitude and talk about the glass being half full when it's not. If it's an empty glass and empty glass. But this truly was just joy. Trent O'Donnell, our director, did I think over 70 of 'New Girl' (episodes). He was a producing director and a big part of that show. So working with him, everything about it felt normal. So he and I, he was like the first person I was around where we weren't wearing a mask who wasn't in my family."DECAL5. Trailer clip- "Ride the Eagle"ASSOCIATED PRESSLos Angeles, 20 July 20216. SOUNDBITE (English) Jake Johnson, actor:" I wasn't interested in working with somebody when we were going to be banging heads creatively in the middle of the pandemic, I wanted to work with somebody where I wanted to hang out with them. Like, we all slept in the same cabin. So we would work all day and then when work ended, Trent and I would make dinner. We-- our crew-- at one point, in the cabin, we only had a seven member crew, so we were carrying equipment up and down the mountains. So Trent and I would help. We didn't have the people, so we would all carry equipment, the camera operators, the sound, everybody. We were all carrying stuff. Then we would stop. Then Trent and I would get into the actor and director (mode) and then we would carry it back. So part of liking each other, on especially this one, really mattered."DECAL7. Trailer clip- "Ride the Eagle"STORYLINE: JAKE JOHNSON'S 'RIDE THE EAGLE' IS A TRUE PANDEMIC INDIEJake Johnson reunited with one of the directors of Fox's "New Girl" for his new movie "Ride the Eagle."Johnson teamed up with Trent O'Donnell who worked on more than 70 episodes of the popular Fox comedy to co-write and direct "Ride the Eagle."They decided to make a movie together at the height of the pandemic. "We just wanted to make a movie so bad because our business had shut down," said Johnson.In "Ride the Eagle," Johnson plays Leif, a loner who spends more time with his dog than people. He learns his mother -- whom he wasn't close to -- has died and left him a videotape message detailing a conditional inheritance. He can have her cabin in the mountains if he completes a list of instructions she's left for him.Johnson says the movie was a seven person crew. They stayed in the cabin where they filmed and he and O'Donnell would cook dinner at night."Liking each other, on especially this one, really mattered," he said.Johnson said working on the project was a reprieve from the divide in the U.S. over the pandemic and the 2020 presidential election."It was just really joyful to not be thinking about the pandemic and the election and America and the division and what was happening with everything in our country at that time in the world. It felt so nice to go in my office and be like, 'Let's play make believe.'""Ride the Eagle" is now available in theaters, On Demand and digitally. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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