Nick Jonas wasted no time “hugging it out” with his co-stars at the New York screening of Goat, his latest feature film.
“It’s tough for men to be vulnerable, to care,” he said. “And sometimes it comes out in violent acts. It’s something I do; it’s something all men do.”
Jonas appeared with co-stars Ben Schnetzer and James Franco for a Monday night screening at the Sunshine Cinema in New York’s East Village.
In the film, Brett (Jonas) convinces his younger brother, Brad (Ben Schnetzer) to pledge his fraternity. As the latest batch of pledges—called “goats”—goes through a vile, dehumanizing hell week, Jonas’s character starts to doubt his fraternity brothers.
The hazing in Goat, which left the audience squirming, is punctuated by raging parties, crushed beers, and young men sauntering around the campus like kings—which almost makes being locked in a dog cage for a night, like one pledge, seem worth it. And that’s the scary part.
“We didn’t set out to make an indictment of fraternities,” Jonas said. When asked how much Hollywood resembles fraternity life, he added: “It depends on the night and the location—and how much you’ve had to drink.”
Goat premieres in theaters Friday, Sept. 23. Watch the trailer below.