'Battleship's' Jesse Plemons Talks Action Films and Board Games (Video)

The “Friday Night Lights” alum spoke with THR at his film’s Los Angeles premiere.

When Battleship hits theaters on May 18, fans of the Friday Night Lights television series can revel in a big screen reunion between Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), Landry (Jesse Plemons) and director Peter Berg.

This time around, though, the subject matter is a bit different.

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“The biggest thing that sticks out in my mind is just the amount of water that we were constantly being doused with,” Plemons told THR of his first day on set. “I guess they just really wanted us to look like we were sweaty and working.”

Plemons plays Jimmy “Ordy” Ord in the action-packed sci-fi tentpole from Universal, a Boatswain Mate Seaman on Lieutenant Alex Hopper’s (Kitsch) ship. Asked how much action his character sees in the film, Plemons responded: “Lots of running around and screaming.”

So how did he prepare for the gig? “With lots of running around and screaming,” he said with a smile.

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Plemons recently returned to television in the short lived NBC comedy Bent, but will star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming period drama, The Master, opposite Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. With a career that spans multiple genres (he also appeared in Seth Rogen’s 2009 dark comedy Observe and Report), Plemons explained that he chooses his projects based on the character, but that doing an action film was “definitely a lot of fun.”

Watch THR’s interview with Plemons in the video above, in which he talks childhood board games and why he wants to see a film version of the old-school video game Oregon Trail

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