Benched released & other updates

Benched is out in select theatres and on VOD today. Here are a couple of recent interviews in which Garret talks about the film (and other projects):

I really enjoyed this movie. It was one of those films where, by the end it was just this nice sort of payoff, you know?

Garret Dillahunt: Yeah, I think it kind of sneaks up on you. I think it kind of did on us too.

How did you get involved in it? It was originally a play, right?

Garret Dillahunt: It was originally a play, which was a real selling point to me and probably to John too, because we are both old theater guys. It’s been a couple years since this all started. But I think I just went in and auditioned. I just went in and met the directors, they were in town. I remember driving to some out of the way location and we met and talked about it and discussed doing this and I went home and then I got a phone call. I think that’s what happened, so kudos to my agent I guess. — Read the rest at

You can listen to the second interview on

Here is a clip from the movie:

In other news, the second trailer for Widows has made its way to the web. The film will be screened at the Toronto Film Festival (Sept. 6-16) and open the 2018 London Film Festival (Oct. 10) before hitting theatres in November.

Two new projects have been announced recently. Sergio, filming now, is a biopic of UN diplomat and Iraq envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. Garret plays Sgt. William von Zehle, who witnessed his final hours and tried to save his life. Some details from THR:

During his diplomatic career, Vieira de Mello drew as many accolades as scorn. Accused of being a “crisis junkie,” Vieira de Mello relished hot spots and war zones where he used his charm, good looks and negotiating skills to save lives.

He was killed in a hotel bombing in Iraq in 2003, along with other members of his staff, in an attack orchestrated by al-Qaida. The movie’s story is set hours after the attack at Baghdad’s Canal Hotel. As the world watches the efforts to save Vieira de Mello’s life, the diplomat, buried under the rubble, is forced to confront the dubious choices he has made during his personal life and career as the UN’s go-to man.

And here is some info about the second film, Supreme Ruler:

Supreme Leader centers on small-town go-getter Steve Loomis (Dillahunt), whose dream of becoming “supreme ruler” of his local Buffalo Lodge is unexpectedly challenged by a hard-drinking, womanizing lodge member, Hank. The two men are forced to travel to the Buffalo National Convention in Chicago in order to win the support of the organization’s national leaders, where Steve befriends an established supreme ruler, Nancy (Juliette Lewis).

Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker, The Alienist) and Marina Squerciati (Chicago P.D.) will also star, with Tom Berenger currently in talks for the role of Hank.

Benched (formerly Rounding Third) to premiere at Nashville Film Festival

Benched will have its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival next month. It will be screened in the Special Presentations category on May 13. If you’re in the vicinity, you can get tickets here.

Benched (World Premiere) – Based on the hit play “Rounding Third”, BENCHED is the tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. Cast: Garret Dillahunt, John C. McGinley, Directors: Robert Deaton, George Flanigen, Producers: Lindsey Clark, Brandon Gregory, Fred Roos (USA)

There is a new episode of Fear the Walking Dead tonight at 9 on AMC. Several new interviews with Garret showed up online this week. You can check them out at the links below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You were a big Walking Dead fan. We spoke right as you were just starting, but you’re now quite a bit into filming. What has the experience been like being on the show?
GARRET DILLAHUNT: I knew I was gonna like it. I liked this character. I had already kind of liked the world, and I wanted to play in it. But I confess, I like it so much more than I expected. I really hate not being on set. I really look forward to each new script as it comes out. I’m learning a lot, which is embarrassing for an older, veteran actor to say. I should always be learning, but I’m realizing that I had sort of stopped. It’s really fun to be rejuvenated that way by this show, and unexpected. — Entertainment Weekly

Your name is often thrown out when fans start putting dream casts together. Once upon a time, you were even associated with the role of Negan on the flagship Walking Dead. Was there ever any truth to that?
It’s a little blown out of proportion. I was doing this show called Hand of God on Amazon, a pretty hardcore character there, and I knew Negan was coming up. I’m a fan of the shows. I’ve watched them pretty regularly from the outset, both of them. And I remember I had tweeted or did something… you know how old people get a hold of social media and shit always goes wrong, right? (Laughs.) And I tweeted a picture of one of the Walking Dead compendiums, and I said, “Just a little light reading for the day.” And people went nuts, because they thought I was inferring that I was [playing Negan]. “Oh, that’s the compendium that Negan is involved in!” You know? I didn’t know this! “Negan shows up in that, I bet he’s gonna be Negan.” And so then I started looking at it, and I was like, “That would be cool to be Negan.” And so I did pester Scott about it enough to merit a phone call or two but I don’t think I was ever actually in the running, and I couldn’t have anyway with Hand of God. But I wanted to. And that started a relationship between me and Scott, which might have led to this character, so I’m pretty happy about it. — Hollywood Reporter

You’re playing new character John Dorey – what can you tell us about him?

I probably can’t tell you much more than you already know, but I sure loved playing him. He’s a fella who’s got some secrets. He’s done some things he’s not proud of – and that’s what’s driving him. He’s got a temper that he’s best off when he controls. He’s a fella that might be more comfortable in another time. He has an affinity for a time that’s passed – a time of six-shooters and Winchesters and people taking care of themselves. He’s happy alone, but deep down he longs for some companionship. — BT

And if you missed it on Twitter, here is a bonus segment from last week’s Talking Dead:

Two new films: Rounding Third & Come and Find Me

Deadline has some details about Rounding Third, the film Garret is currently filming, and his next project, called Come and Find Me.

Rounding Third is an adaptation of Richard Dresser’s 2002 play (synopsis) and Garret plays Michael, the assistant coach. From Deadline:

[John C.] McGinley stars in Rounding Third as the win-at-all-costs coach of a kids baseball team on which his son plays. Dillahunt will play the new assistant coach. The coaches butt heads as they scrap through a season despite different personal circumstances and philosophies about the game and how to motivate their team. Robert Deaton and George Flanigen are directing for producer Fred Roos.

Come and Find Me, which starts shooting in Vancouver later this month, is a 2012 Black List script written by Zack Whedon, who will also direct it. Some more info:

Come And Find Me, from writer-director Zack Whedon, stars [Aaron] Paul as David, who must track down his missing girlfriend (Annabelle Wallis) after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be. Dillahunt plays the girlfriend’s former handler with the government who attempts to give David incriminating evidence that the woman was holding against him.

Last not least, one more interview from Comic-Con. Hit the link to hear it.