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'Almanac' Actors Share Their Time Machine Wishes

8 Jun, 2015 By: Chris Tribbey

LOS ANGELES — In the teenage time travel adventure film Project Almanac, the characters repeatedly go back in time for selfish reasons, like winning the lottery, acing exams, crashing Lollapalooza and making better choices regarding who they’re interested in.

So what would the real-life actors do if they got their hands on a time machine? “Win the lottery,” said Allen Evangelista (Adam Le). “Lottery, definitely,” said Virginia Gardner (Christina). Sam Lerner (Quinn Goldberg) echoed his co-stars’ thoughts. “Then you could buy the love of your life,” he said.

The trio relayed the fun they had working on the Michael Bay-produced film, which is out on Blu-ray Disc combo pack and DVD from Paramount Home Media Distribution June 9. The film may be a found-footage, time travel mash-up, but it’s unique in both film categories, according to Gardner (“The Goldbergs,” “Glee”).

“It’s found footage, and it’s so realistic, it feels like you’re actually going through this journey with us, that time travel is possible,” Gardner said. “Our movie is cool because it [says] ‘If time travel were real, this is how it would look.’”

Almanac sees a group of teens discover blueprints for a time machine and successfully go back in time to rewrite history, repeatedly. But changing the past comes with unexpected (and disastrous) consequences … including writing some people out of history altogether.

Lerner (“The Secret Saturdays”) said the film stands out among time travel stories because it’s centered on teens. “It has a very modern [feel] and [shows] what a bunch of high school kids would do,” he said. “It’s just a really fun ride. What would you do if you had the kind of power these kids have, building a time machine?”

The combo pack includes an alternate opening, alternate endings and deleted scenes, something Evangelista was happy to hear when Paramount announced the specs for the release. An entire scene of him swinging a baseball bat, repeatedly, while in 100-plus degree weather in Atlanta, was cut. “My biggest scene, the one I auditioned for, was cut, and I was attached to it,” Lerner lamented.

Gardner also noted that the disc includes a $10 gift certificate for any other movie in theaters. “It’s like a good investment to get our movie,” she laughed. “You get another one for cheap.”

Lerner said he hopes the film finds a second following when it hits disc, praising the work of those who worked on Almanac, in front of and behind the camera, especially first-time feature director Dean Israelite.

“It was his first, and you wouldn’t know it, he was so amazing,” Lerner said. “It was such a cool experience, being surrounded by so many people who loved what they were doing.”


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