Ethan Hawke Talks Boyhood

July 12, 2014 2:41 AM

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Ethan Hawke Talks Boyhood

Paste: You have a personal friendship with Richard, in addition to a working relationship spanning many films and years, and Boyhood unfolds in a unique pop cultural landscape, in that it’s yet to be written. So what were some of the themes and ideas that he maybe talked about when he first mentioned the film to you, and what was your reaction? Ethan Hawke: Well, he was really asking me to do a period film in the present, and no one’s really asked anyone to do that, in a way, you know? (laughs) But like a lot of good ideas, I also couldn’t believe that no one had done it already. It was like, “We’ve got to do that!” Look, I’ve been privy to the way Rick’s brain works for almost 20 years, and so from when he first approached me with the idea I knew it was really special, and that he had the discipline and the patience to pull it off—that it wouldn’t just be a stunt. There’s something so wonderfully experimental about it, but the downside is that it could just be like making a time capsule or something, a message in a bottle. But I knew that he would pull it off. And the whole movie became, for me, a crucible to put all the things that we were thinking about as parents and all these things about our childhood into. It was a pot that we could kind of put things in and mix [them] around.

Paste: You have a personal friendship with Richard, in addition to a working relationship spanning many films and years, and Boyhood unfolds in a unique pop cultural landscape, in that it’s yet to be written. So what were some of the themes and ideas that he maybe talked about when he first mentione...

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