The next time you can see Kyle Chandler on screen—yes, the man forever in our hearts as Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights—is Friday, Nov. 20, when he stars in the '50s period drama, Carol. He has a pivotal role in the film playing Harge, the husband to Cate Blanchett’s Carol. As her spouse, he is upset to find out that she’s been cheating him, and with a woman at that.
Turns out, casting his part proved a challenge for director Todd Haynes, who is known for his work on Mildred Pierce and Far from Heaven. “Casting a man to play opposite Cate Blanchett is not an obvious task,” Haynes said during a press conference for the film in New York City. “A lot of male actors today are kind of grown-up boys. They wear their baseball caps. You need to have a real grown-up opposite Cate.”
And that’s what they found in Chandler. “I think you get what I mean,” Haynes continued, which caused Chandler to blush as he sat next to the director. But the answer was a resounding yes. He doesn't hit the streets in baseball caps but rather button-downs, sweaters, and perfectly tailored suits. So, yes, we do get it Mr. Haynes—he’s quite the man indeed.
Watch a trailer for Carol here: