There are loads of mysteries in Outer Banks, however one side of the Netflix authentic is crystal clear: Chase Stokes was meant to play John B. However that excellent casting nearly didn’t occur, all due to Stokes’ love and respect for The Goonies.
One of many newest episode of Barstool Sports activities’ Chicks within the Workplace, Stokes and his main woman love curiosity Madelyn Cline had been interviewed about what their audition course of was like for Outer Banks. And true to John B’s ethos of charmingly stumbling via life, Stokes didn’t disappoint. The actor first was first requested to contemplate John B in February of 2019.
“The first time I got the audition it was the most bland email I’ve ever got. It was four friends on a treasure hunt, Netflix, and the character’s name was John B,” Stokes recalled. “So I was like, ‘This is fucking Goonies. It’s a Goonies reboot.’ I said no.”
Outer Banks‘ similarities to The Goonies didn’t push Stokes away as a result of he hated the 1980’s journey flick. In actual fact, the exact opposite was true. “I don’t want to touch a piece of iconic cinema and destroy it. I was like that’s my worst nightmare is doing a bad reboot,” Stokes defined.
The actor had principally written off Outer Banks altogether when the function of Topper got here via his agent. Although Stokes was nonetheless towards to the venture, he was on unemployment on the time and beginning to soften to the Netflix authentic. “I was like, ‘I don’t even care at this point. At least I’m not one of the main kids in the show. I can be the stereotypical asshole on the outskirts,’” Stokes stated.
And in accordance with the actor, he even messed that up. Stokes forgot most of Topper’s traces throughout his audition. His first learn went so poorly, Stokes thought that his agent could drop him. However that’s when a casting director from heaven swooped in to save lots of the day. She had given Stokes his first function on Daytime Divas and satisfied him to offer the function of John B an opportunity.
“I read the pilot and I’m like ‘Oh my god, this is not The Goonies. I screwed this up so bad,’” Stokes stated. One interrupted brunch, a redeye to Charleston, a psychological breakdown, and a clumsy Uber experience with JJ’s Rudy Pankow later and historical past was made. The complete interview is stuffed with simply as many stunning twists as a typical episode of Outer Banks. Watch it above and speculate wildly with us about why Stokes and Madelyn Cline are self-isolating collectively.
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