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Ethan Hawke

 

  1. Robert Sean Leonard, Swing Kids, 1992.    Passed the lead rôle of Peter Müller to RSL. Kenneth Branagh refused any credit to avoid being billed above RSL, Christian Bale, and the other kids. They were, said Branagh, the real stars of the film.  

  2. Chris O'Donnell, The Three Musketeers, 1993.     First, a Robin Hood battle, now   two many musketeers... Hawke was the Tri-Star D’Artagnan until Disney’s project won the tussle. Talking of heroes… Hawke had been due as the young Kirk (opposite John Cusack’s Spock) in an early, Starfleet Academy draft of Star Trek V1: The Undiscovered Country, 1991.

  3. John Cusack, The Thin Red Line, 1998.    Took part in the March 1995 reading with Kevin Costner, Lukas Haas, Dermot Mulroney and Martin Sheen of auteur Terrence Malik’s script - his first for 17years.3. - Edward Norton, Red Dragon, 2002.     Norton used every penny he made on this film to bankroll 25th Hour- he co-produced with Tobey Maguire and director Spike Lee.
  4. Edward Norton, Red Dragon, 2002.    Norton used every penny he made on this film to bankroll 25th Hour - he co-produced with Tobey Maguire and director Spike Lee.
  5. Patrick Wilson, The Alamo, 2004.       Quit the role of Colonel William Barett Travis:  “I will guard it with my life, sir.”  Not quite the film that director Ron Howard intended.
  6. Mark Wahlberg, Four Brothers, 2004.     Hawke loved it but was committed elsewhere. . Ben Affleck and Matt Dillon considered ther script too “ultra-violent.” Well, the brothers were wreaking vengeance for their mother’sdeath… just like John Wayne, Dean Martin, etc., in the original (Western) version, The Sons of Katie Elder in 1964.
  7. Mark Wahlberg, The Departed, 2005.   Change  of  Sergeant Sean Dignam in the film winning Martin Scorsese his first  Best Direcor Oscar.  Finally!  
  8. Sebastian Blomberg, The Countess, 2008.     As expected, after their Paris romances (Before Sunrise, 1995, and Before Sunset, 2004), French actress-auteur Julie Delpy obviously saw Hawke being part ofher film (and role) about Erzsebet Bathory, the 17th Century serial killer seeking eternal beauty by bathing in the blood of virgins.  He did not agree.
  9. Sam Riley, On The Road, 2011.   After abortive  efforts by Jack Kerouac to film  his  novel (with Brando) in 1957,  Francis Coppola finally won the rights 23 years later!  At one time, he wanted  Hawke as the Beat Generation icon opposite Brad Pitt as his pal, Sal Paradise (aka Neal Cassady). By 200l, Coppola decided to simply produce, with Joel Schmacher helming Billy Crudup and Colin Farrell.  Nada, again. Still under  the Coppola aegis,   Brazilian director Walter Salles had better luck… 54 years after the book was published! 
  10. Mark Ivanier, A Late Quartet, 2011.  First seen for  Daniel, first chair violinist… alongside second chair Philip Seymour Hoffman, viola player, Catherine Keener and cellist Christopher Walken.  Who’da guessed that a string quartet could be  so dramatic.  Great on stage - off, not so much.  This was the biggest break the Ukranian Ivanir, after cameos for Spielberg’s Schindler's List,  The  Terminal, Tintin. 
  11. Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange, 2015.      Discussed, planned, written, re-spun since 1986, always dropped despite scripts from Alex Cox, Wes Craven, Bob Gale, etc, until chosen as the portal into the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among those flown up Marvel’s 21st Century flagpole were Hawke,   TV doctor Patrick Dempsey, Colin Farrell, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Hamm, Jack Huston, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Joaquin Phoenix (too strange!), Vincent Price (in 1986), even zeroes Keanu Reeves (listed but never approached - how wise) and Justin Theroux. Finally, the production waited until after Cumberbatch’s Hamlet stage triumph in London. If Iron Man is Mick Jagger, Strange is Jim Morrison… and should head the MCU when Robert Downey pawns his ironmongery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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