Ethan Hawke Based mostly ‘Moon Knight’ Resolution on What Paul Newman Would Do

  • Ethan Hawke advised Insider he questioned what Paul Newman would do when provided “Moon Knight.”
  • Hawke was directing a documentary on the legendary actor on the time.
  • “You continue to must put meals on the desk,” Hawke concluded.

Ethan Hawke recalled what led to him taking over the villain position of Arthur Harrow in “Moon Knight.

And it consisted of a household chat on the dinner desk about Paul Newman.

The veteran actor was within the midst of placing the ultimate touches on “The Final Film Stars,” a six-part documentary he directed in regards to the lives and careers of Newman and his spouse Joanne Woodward, when he obtained a name about starring on the Disney+ present.

“I keep in mind I used to be sitting at my dinner desk and I had simply been provided ‘Moon Knight’ and I used to be attempting to determine whether or not to try this or not and my youngest, Indiana, who was 10 on the time, stated, ‘Properly, Dad, what would Paul do?'” Hawke advised Insider over a Zoom chat on Monday.

It was an affordable query. Hawke stated his daughter had overheard him and his spouse, Ryan Shawhughes, who’s a producer on the documentary, talk about Newman continuously for months whereas making the HBO Max docuseries.

“And the entire desk, Maya and Levon had been there,” Hawke stated, referring to his oldest kids whom he shares with ex-wife Uma Thurman, “All of us had this speak: Properly, what would he do?”

Faye Dunaway holding Paul Newman's arm

Faye Dunaway and Paul Newman in “The Towering Inferno.”


Newman’s legendary Oscar-winning profession spanned a long time and included roles in a number of the best films ever made, like “The Hustler,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child,” and “Cool Hand Luke.”

Later in his profession, Newman additionally discovered himself in a giant blockbuster or two, most notably “The Towering Inferno.”

“Do I feel he admired blockbusters and superhero films? No, I do not,” Hawke stated of Newman. “He hated doing ‘Towering Inferno.’ That was his thought of a large sellout. You see him in bodily ache in that film.”

“However, it is nonetheless a job,” Hawke added. “You continue to must put meals on the desk.”

“I’m an actor,” he continued. “That’s how I pay my youngsters’ medical payments, that is how I put a roof over our heads. And my job is to not change the world and make it the proper place. My job is to do good work to the perfect of my means. So all of us determined, ‘I feel you need to do it.’ And I am glad I did.”

The choice paid off as Hawke’s efficiency because the cult chief Harrow reverse Oscar Isaac within the title position led to excessive acclaim.

And although Newman, who died in 2008, was by no means a fan of “The Towering Inferno,” it did garner a finest image Oscar nomination and was the highest-grossing film of 1974.

“The Final Film Stars” premieres Thursday on HBO Max.

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