EXCLUSIVE: A Painful Accident Almost Cost This YouTuber His Career
Once you completely take on the realms of both Vine and YouTube, where do you turn next? The world of Hollywood, but of course, as seems to be the case for social media sensations, Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier. Both guys have been making moves to transition to the acting world, and just so happen to be making their debut performance together in The Outfield.
It’s definitely not as easy they make it look, as we certainly came to realize after chatting it up with them this week. Cameron even had a dramatic accident happen the day before filming was set to start that almost cost him the role! Spoiler alert, he pushed through it and, alongside his real-life BFF Nash, brought on your next favorite coming of age movie. The Outfield will be available exclusively on iTunes on November 10, but until then, find out everything else you need to know about it right here:
Congratulations on your new film The Outfield! Would you mind telling our readers a little bit about that?
Nash Grier: “It follows the individual stories of these three kids, and their stories as one. It starts at the beginning of their baseball season and goes to the very last day of their senior year and their very last game. Throughout the whole way, my character — Jack Sanders — Cam’s character — Frankie Payton — and Joey (Bragg)’s character — Austin York — all have our own ups and downs and twists and turns within the movie. It teaches a lot of life lessons and there are a lot of issues to overcome with each character. It ties the story in with baseball and uses our characters to do it. It’s really about coming of age and making decisions that will shape your future.”
And what can you share about your characters?
NG: “We always try to create a backstory for every character that we play. In this movie, specifically, we spent a month creating a backstory and getting into character and reading the script every day.”
Cameron Dallas: “I think my character is a little awkward, honestly.”
What’s harder, making a video that’ll be a hit with your followers, or getting into character for a specific role?
NG: “When we make a Vine or YouTube video, we’re either playing ourselves, or playing a character in that little Vine or video that we created, or even multiple characters in the same video, which is really cool. I think it’s almost easier to get into character with this because it’s such a long process and you literally have to come as this person, forget who you are and know how to react as that person in any situation.”
CD: “Like he said, we spent months going over our character and our script and making sure we had each thing done before we started filming. They’re both fun, though.”
Like you said, the film has to do with coming to terms with who you are and who you want to be. What advice do you have for teens struggling with the same types of issues?
NG: “I’d just say, take everything into consideration. You don’t even know what you are going to want to do, or what you like to do until you try it. I’ll always say that because I thoroughly believe and relate to that with my own life. You do decide what you’re doing for the rest of your life as a senior in high school; you have to pick the classes and you have to pick the people you’re surrounded with, and that determines everything. I want to make that more known to kids and I think they’ll pull a lot of life lessons out of it.”
Did you both audition for the film with together?
NG: “Technically. One of the directors, about nine or ten months before the film got “okay-ed” to be produced, came to us and asked if we would be interested in it. I was like, ‘Yeah, I love sports and everything that you’re teaching.’ He went back and finished writing the whole thing after talking to us a bunch of times and it ended up being a perfect first role for both of us. He kind of had us in mind when he wrote it. I guess we auditioned for it when we met him the first couple of times. That was kind of like our auditions. We have auditioned for other roles and films, too, it just depends on what the project is.”
You two and Joey are like the ultimate bromance in this film. Did you guys know Joey beforehand? Did you click right away?
CD: “We didn’t know him beforehand, but when we met him, we really clicked. He’s a really funny guy and probably the funniest guy on set. He’s a different kind of funny than us. He’s an actual comedian.”
NG: “He can go up on a stage and just stand there and people would laugh all day.”
CD: “It was easy to get comfortable with him, because months before filming started we would read lines every single day. We were great friends by the time we started filming.”
It sounds like it had to be a big prank set. Was that the case?
NG: “We had some…”
CD: “Nothing too crazy, though. I think for the most part we wanted to make sure we were professional.”
NG: “We were scared…There are all these people working on the project and tons of people flying around set, and doing scenes over and over again. Time is money on set, so if we mess up, we don’t want that to fall on us. We would definitely mess around sometimes, though. I remember being super in character and always getting out of character when Joey would say some stuff.”
CD: “I’ll definitely never forget some of the stuff Joey said to me (laughs).”
Speaking of funny, let’s talk about that clip where Frankie is having a wardrobe crisis. Have you ever done something crazy to impress someone else?
NG: “I dress to impress.”
CD: “I like to impress myself when I dress…”
NG “Yeah, like, ‘Can I pull this off (laughs)?'”
CD: “I bought a girl roses once.”
NG: “We try to be cute.”
CD: “There’s a time to impress someone, and then there’s a time to make an impression on someone.”
Were you natural baseball players or did you have to train a bit for that aspect?
NG: “We trained for a while and went to batting cages and we threw back and forth when we did our lines, every single day. We wanted to make sure it looked as real as possible.”
CD: “We had to learn proper form. I played baseball when I was little, but I forgot most of it; Nash played baseball throughout his whole life.”
NG: “It was fun and I definitely felt like I used to when I walked on the field back in the day. It was a great experience and I think those were my favorite to shoot.”
Were there any bad baseball injuries while filming?
NG: “There were minor injuries, but nothing too crazy.”
CD: “I broke my thumb the night before we started filming. I slammed my thumb in a metal door, and it felt really good (laughs). I almost didn’t do the movie. I remember going on set the first day and Nash had a bunch of the early scenes and I kind of just hopped on in there. We ended up having to wrap my thumb the whole movie with nude tape and had to modify my glove so it fit better. I kind of just pushed through it. One of the extras actually got hurt. He was doing something he wasn’t supposed to be doing, and he slid and broke his ankle, or sprained it.”
Have you ever had any baseball injuries from playing IRL?
NG: “Yeah, I broke my first bones playing baseball, and that scared the hell out of me. I broke three of my fingers and my wrist. Growing up, a lot of kids would wear the metal cleats with spikes, but now there’s a certain age for that. When I was 11 or 12-years-old there were no rules against it. I played second base and was going to tag someone to get them out and when I put my hand down, this guy slid in and his cleat went right into my hand. I had my glove on and it still poked me up.”
Were you afraid going into filming for The Outfield that a similair injury would happen?
NG: “Nah, I played again after that. I get injuries all the time, probably about once a week. You can’t be scared of getting hurt, because then you’ll live your life scared.”
What about your most serious Vine/YouTube injuries?
CD: “There hasn’t been a big Vine injury, but there was one when me and Nash were filming a challenge video for YouTube for Nash’s channel. As we were filming I ended up stepping on an open can of soup. It was laying on the floor, so I accidentally stepped on that and it sliced up my foot…We put it all out there for the videos.”
NG: “For Vine, you just have to be ready to embarrass yourself. You have to be fearless, whether it’s embarrassing yourself and jumping into a fountain in public, or walking up to a random person, you just have to be ready for whatever happens.”
CD: “A lot of people think it’s easy until they go and jump into a fountain.”
That’s for sure! Is there anything else you can share with your fans?
NG: “I just announced a projectrecently — I’m doing a documentary and directing it.”
CD: “I wouldn’t say I have any movies, or anything like that coming up, but I’m going to be focusing on touring and getting back on the road.”
Watch an exclusive clip for The Outfield before its release next week!