Ethan Hawke Interview: The Black Cellphone

The Black Cellphone star Ethan Hawke talks about enjoying a villain for the primary time, whether or not Arthur Harrow is lifeless, and wanting a Star Wars position.

The Black Cellphone sees star Ethan Hawke as soon as once more teaming up with the dynamic duo behind his 2012 hit Sinister, writer-director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill. The most recent movie, which releases in theaters on June 24, permits Derrickson to return to his horror roots regardless of parting methods with Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity. As a substitute, he partnered with Blumhouse Productions for an adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2004 quick story, targeted on a kidnapped youngster and a mysterious cellphone.

Hawke is solid very a lot towards sort as a terrifying assassin known as the Grabber, who has killed a variety of youngsters earlier than abducting Finney Shaw (Mason Thames). However not solely does this newest sufferer begins receiving cellphone calls from previous children whereas trapped within the basement, he additionally has his sister his Gwen (Madeleine McGraw) searching for him. Will supernatural forces and sisterly affection be sufficient to cease the Grabber in his tracks his?

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Display screen Rant spoke to Hawke about agreeing to play a villain for the primary time because of Scott Derrickson, whether or not Moon Knight‘s Arthur Harrow is lifeless, and why he hasn’t been in a Star Wars movie but.


Ethan Hawke in The Black Phone movie wearing a mask and brandishing an ax

Display screen Rant: I really like seeing you reteaming with the great Scott Derrickson, considered one of my favorites. What was it like coming again collectively for The Black Cellphone?

Ethan Hawke: It was superior. Sinister was a terrific expertise; I feel it was nice for him too. It was an essential film in my profession. It was my first horror film, and I used to be turning 40. Scott sort of reinvigorated my love of style motion pictures, and I realized so much from him.

Now, to get to work with him once more… The flicks are sort of siblings in a approach. However, Sinister is extraordinarily darkish; there’s only a darkness to that film. [The Black Phone], whereas being extremely terrifying, has an incredible quantity of affection in it. It is much less cynical. You are watching this brother and sister take care of one another in a malevolent world and save one another.

When he first despatched the script, I used to be like, “Hear, I am so excited that you just’re sending me one thing that I need to say sure.” However he was telling me the character he wished me to play, and I used to be like, “I am by no means going to need to play that half. I am going to learn the script, however I am by no means going to play that half.” However then I learn it, and I assumed it was so well-written, so well-made. It was simply properly conceived, and I assumed, “Effectively, possibly it’s time to play a villain.”

I usually by no means felt inclined. I simply did not need to invite that sort of vitality into my creativeness; I simply did not need to. However then I assumed, “With Scott, he’ll do it rather well. It’s going to be value it.”

It is humorous you say that, as a result of I have been studying this narrative that you just have been hesitant to play a villain, and now we have seen you do Arthur Harrow and The Grabber back-to-back. The place are you with enjoying these sorts of roles now?

Ethan Hawke: I do not know. I did The Black Cellphone first, and in order that was my first villain position. Then after The Black Cellphone, they provided me the Marvel factor, and it appeared like, “Effectively, I suppose possibly that is the chapter in my life.” However Arthur Harrow isn’t actually a villain the best way The Grabber is.

Arthur Harrow’s extra what I’d name an antagonist. He is towards the hero, however he nonetheless thinks he is individual. He has a sure logic you can comply with. The Grabber is simply evil incarnate. He is just a few disgusting id from the universe, in order that was more difficult.

The masks are so creepy.

Ethan Hawke: Tremendous creepy. I knew after I noticed the masks, I used to be like, “Oh, this film’s gonna work. That is gonna be nice.”

100%. By the best way, do you suppose Arthur Harrow is lifeless?

Ethan Hawke: He does not really feel lifeless to me. That is all I can say.

Proper?! I really feel that approach too.

Ethan Hawke: I do not know. Definitely, he is seen higher days. However I would be shocked if he goes down. With that [show]you are by no means certain what’s taking place in any individual’s creativeness or what’s actually taking place anyway, so.

You probably did this marketing campaign in 2018 to do a Star Wars film. And I am identical to, “Who at Lucasfilm is denying Ethan Hawke a Star Wars position?” How will we make this occur?

Ethan Hawke: Is not it wonderful? I imply, I did a tough public pitch! And I see all these nice folks in this stuff, and I might have performed that half. I might have performed that half. I suppose any individual up there does not like me.

That can not be true.

Ethan Hawke: I feel they have something– how I make myself really feel higher is I feel they have one thing actually good in thoughts.

I feel it is like, “We’re not going to waste him on just a few facet character that comes out and in.”

Ethan Hawke: Precisely, I need one thing actually good. However I’m having fun with the brand new Obi-Wan collection.

It is actually good, and I am having fun with Stranger Issues too. You have to be so proud.

I am so proud.

Thanks a lot, Ethan. Such a pleasure to speak to you as at all times.

The Black Cellphone Synopsis


Finney Shaw is a shy however intelligent 13-year-old boy who’s being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected cellphone on the wall begins to ring, he quickly discovers that he can hear the voices of the assassin’s earlier victims — and they’re lifeless set on ensuring that what occurred to them does not occur to Finney.

Try our different interview with The Black Cellphone producer Jason Blumand our earlier interview with Ethan Hawke for Moon Knight.

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  • The Black Cellphone (2022)Launch date: Feb 04, 2022

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