Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of is a surprisingly unfiltered and even handed look at the iconic boy band that captured the hearts and imagination of millions. Twenty plus years as a group, these five men continue to tour and make music, as the documentary chronicles the making of In A World Like This (it also marked the welcome return of Kevin Richardson).
Part of the documentary has the group journeying to each of their hometowns, where they reminisce about their past while continuing to strengthen their brotherly bond.
“It was a lot of emotion,” says A.J. McLean at today’s press conference, held at Hollywood’s W. Hotel. “It was very therapeutic. We learned a lot more about each other that we didn’t know for the last twenty plus years. And I think it actually made us stronger and it made us much more of a band.”
Nick Carter revisited Miles Elementary School in Tampa, Florida, the site where his musical dreams took flight, and his reunion with a special teacher is one of the doc’s more poignant moments. “It was hard for me to live during that five day period and sort of live through these other guys’ experiences,” adds Carter. “Seeing each one of them cry over a specific story or circumstance that occurred in their lives – it affected me and it really touched me in a lot of ways.”
During the press conference, I asked Nick Carter about returning to his childhood home and elementary school. Click on the media bar below to hear Carter:
Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of hits theaters, VOD, and iTunes on Friday, January 30.