ETHAN HAWKE VISITS LARRY KING IN NEW YORK CITY
|Larry King With Ethan Hawke|
Four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke sits down with Larry on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now for the first time in their careers to discuss his controversial new film, Good Kill, his Boyhood co-star Patricia Arquette and the highly anticipated remake he's starring in.
Responding to a compliment by his Boyhood co-star Patricia Arquette, and in an era where ‘selfies’ and what’s best for the individual seem to reign, Ethan Hawke simply yet beautifully explained why people are better off working as a “collective,” “That's my life's goal, is to you know, contribute and make substance of art, but do it as a collective, because that's how good things get done, as a collective… It has to do with, I think, a psychological stance of putting the whole ahead of the individual, and it’s something that has been taught to me, and something I most would like to pass on to my daughter and son.”
The actor opened up about his role in his new film Good Kill and playing a character who uses drones, "I find it interesting because I think part of the role of the artistic community is to tell these stories. That these stories are the only way that the public and your average citizen can have a vocabulary." The star then discussed with Larry the practicality and moral dilemma associated with American drone strikes. "When you don't have troops on the ground and you're not really gaining intelligence, and you're not really there, [...] you can't really win a war when you're not there." On drones helping getting the troops out of Afghanistan and their feasibility, Ethan admitted, "It works. It's pretty undeniable that it works… what usually ends war is body bags coming home or the costs getting too high, but with the drones, body bags don't come home, and the costs are relatively cheap.”
Prominent actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke responded to his Boyhood co-star’s much talked about Oscar speech calling for wage equality in Hollywood, "I have been making movies for thirty years, I've probably made over forty movies, and this year is the first time I've been directed by a woman. People think that gender equality has happened- and it's fascinating having three daughters, and seeing the world through their eyes, it really does turn you into a feminist.”
"The women." – on the best thing about Hollywood
"If you take out, if you look at the history of the arts, of who succeeds, if you just eliminate self destruction, if you just decide that I will not self implode, if you decide that, your chances of excelling at what you do go up 90%. So many people sabotage themselves, particularly artistic people, but all of us. A lot of us a feeling that we don't deserve success, a lot of us have a feeling we're our own worst critics, and there is no shame in loving yourself and treating yourself with the respect with which you would treat someone you love, and taking care of your talent." – on his advice for child actors
"We knew that was the last time professionally we'd be asked to be together, so it was very wonderful because it felt like a release, but it was also very bittersweet because I love those people." – on being at the Oscars with the cast of Boyhood
"I have been making movies for thirty years, I've probably made over forty movies, and this year is the first time I've been directed by a woman. People think that gender equality has happened-- and it's fascinating having three daughters, and seeing the world through their eyes, it really does turn you into a feminist." – on gender inequality in Hollywood.
Photo Courtesy Of: Larry King