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Director Richard Linklater is the ‘best coach’

From left: actors Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, and Will Brittain in Boston to promote "Everybody Wants Some.”John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Actors Blake Jenner (“Glee”), Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf”), and Will Brittain behaved like teammates at the AMC Boston Common the other night — backslapping, trading punch lines, and telling a few of the rowdiest stories they’ve collected during their time together. The three portray college baseball players in director Richard Linklater’s latest, the ’80s-era campus-comedy “Everybody Wants Some!!” (The movie opens April 1 in Boston.) The trio says the celebrated director deserves all the credit for their camaraderie. Linklater is the “best coach ever,” Jenner said. “You want to be around whatever Rick’s doing,” added Brittain, in a distinctly Texas accent. “You feel like you want to be a sponge around him.” The three met for the first time at Linklater’s farm in the Lone Star State, where pre-production prep included dance lessons, baseball practice, and a read-through of Linklater’s ever-evolving script. “It was so inspiring to see people taking their character and working on it and honing it, and shaping it,” Hoechlin said during an interview at the Eliot Hotel. “It started to inform me of who my character was. Everybody kept pushing each other up, and the performances kept growing.” Having arrived here from Phoenix, the trio planned a night out in Boston, beginning at Kings Boston and then maybe a few rounds at Bleacher Bar. As for the future, it’s obvious the team of actors are hoping to reunite with their favorite coach, even if they have to wait a while. “You look to the ‘Before’ movies [‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset,’ and ‘Before Midnight’], [and you see Linklater] takes his time,” Jenner said. “It shows how patient he is, and shows how much of an artist he is. We’re all obsessed with him. I keep calling him, and he’s not returning my calls. Can that be the headline? ‘Rick, Blake Needs You.’ ”