John Lloyd Young On Playing Frankie Valli In 'Jersey Boys'

John Lloyd Young On Playing Frankie Valli In 'Jersey Boys'

John Lloyd Young chats with Access Hollywood Live’s Kit Hoover and guest co-host Bill Bellamy about starring as Frankie Valli in Clint Eastwood’s new movie, “Jersey Boys.” How did he land the part? What was Clint like as a director? And, how was making the movie different than performing on stage?

Movie version of Jersey boy is here today John Lloyd January plays Frankie valley on stage and in the film. Join am so excited. Welcome man. Audition for Clint Eastwood did he come to the Broadway show and site. That was my audition. And. I met him after the show back stage when he came to meet the cast and I shook his hand and next time I saw him was on the set. Oh, that's hot. Wait did you know he was going to be in the audience that night. Oh, yes. We gnaw he was going around the country seeing production of the show and we gnaw he was in town that weekend because he was being interviewed at the try becca film festival the day before so we were like this is the weekend before the show started we heard the audience applauding. They were giving a standing ovation to him when they noticed he walked in to see the show. Wow! Back stage were you a little I'm going to kill it tonight. Clint Eastwood. One person in Hollywood that will say I can going to make awe star. And mint. He said I'm so happy that he chose me. What did he say to you back stage afterwards. He said they enjoyed the performance. I said this is where it all started. He says now I see y.he was very complimentary and of course I told him how much I enjoyed his work and then I got to be his raw material. Just a month or so later. I hear something I was thinking about in the dressing room. Like you started with the play. You did the play 100 million times and to go from doing the Broadway play which by the way give it up. New York. Toney. Fantastic. Congratulations. The difference from going from the stage to the movie screen how did that transition for you. It's right here so character on stage of course has to reach the top of the balcony because they deserve the same show people close to you as you guy so you have to scale it up but on camera especially for Clint it's ball what's going on in your character's mind sow bring it much closer to reality and which is actually more fun because full know when you are an actor you like make believe and easier to believe the fantasy when you don't have to talk 5 level above where you need to be heard. Absolutely. Heard by somebody far away. That was de-i saw the eye. That's movie star eye. Did you see that? Clint seems not only intense but he seems like laid back I heard he doesn't say action. How does he direct? Well he learned from it working on westerns. Some director who noticed that every time that he yelled action the horses got spooked and so Clint when he became a director himself thought well, probably human beings get kind of tense too if I yell action so he just sort of gently says go ahead. Sometimes you don't even know that the camera has started rolling and you are just kind of warming up for the scene and then you realize you are in it and the craw is listening and sow uses start and it's a really kind of very calm and very saint way of working I think. Wow! You are calm telling us that story. I like that. I have the Clint influence. A new side to you. You sing live in the film. Was that any different than performing, you know, on Broadway. This is my first major studio film. I didn't really know that that's that's an odd thing for movie making. He cast me right off the stage where I was singing Leif for 2 hours for him for the rest of the audience so he just put a camera in front of what I was already used to doing. A lot of my colleague in the movie are vet run of the stage production so that live singing on set wasn't something we thought -- we gnaw was out of the ordinary. Frankie valley what's it like, co-producer on the movie. Yes. What kind of notes did he give you anything like less of this. More of this talk about I would be so intimidated. It was funny because it's like nature documentary where they go out and film the lions and eventually the lions for get the camera men are there hi to be like one of the lions and forget the cameraman is there. Because if I was thinking of second guessing myself on set with what Frankie head set might have been thinking I couldn't have done my job. So I kind of had to like, as respectfully as possible ignore him completely. Frankie who? Did did he give Did did he give you any note, anything or told to. Way in the beginning when we were starting Broadway over the years we have sort of gotten comfortable with each other way in the beginning how to maintain my voice and some really nice notes about life. He said they will tell you no but they will never get it this as actor and creative person that's such good advice I think when you hit a rough patch that we all do. Absolutely. Got to go see it. I have to go see Jersey boy. Yes. See it tonight. I'm Jersey boy. Stand up. Let's go give it up for my boy John. John will perform when we kilometer back. Can't take my eyemy eyes off of you. Warm-up the vehicle a.