Moon Knight’s Ethan Hawke thinks Marvel movies are more actor-friendly than director-friendly and defends Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
Ethan Hawke recently joined the MCU in the series Moon Knight where he plays the villainous Arthur Harrow, a former avatar of the god Khonshu who previously held the title of Moon Knight, opposite the titular hero played by Oscar Isaac. This genre is fairly new to Hawke who was convinced by Oscar Isaac to accept the role.
In a previous interview with EW, he said: ” He [Isaac] really wanted to play this role and his reasons were good and he was dedicated, and it immediately flowed from there.Hawke continued. “Furthermore, I had already been in talks with [le réalisateur[ Mohamed [Diab]. I had been working on another project with Mohamed that he had to give up to do this, and so it seemed like such a synchronicity that these two guys came to me with a job at Marvel. I thought to myself that, well, if I ever had to jump into this playground, the time was obviously right. »
Generally Hawke works more on auteur films, he is particularly known for the trilogy “Before” by Richard Linklater. He is therefore used to working with directors who are often the creators of their film and not directors assigned to a project written by someone else.
In a new interview with IndieWire, Hawke was asked about negative comments from filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola who think Marvel movies “are not cinema”. He defends them saying that they “are not stuck. »
“If people like Scorsese and Coppola don’t tell the truth that there are more important things than making money, who will? » said Hawke. “It’s easy for them, but someone in the community has to say, ‘Hey, everyone, it’s not Fanny and Alexandre’,” added Hawke. “If you keep criticizing these movies that are basically made for 14 year olds, like it’s Fanny and Alexander or Winter Light, then who the hell is going to make Winter Light? I appreciate these older established men in the community reminding people not to set the bar too low. »
He continued: “I know it makes some people think they’re stuck, but they’re not. » Hawke, for his part, said he had a “very good experience” on Moon Knight opposite Oscar Isaac, but suggested that Marvel movies aren’t always the most “director-friendly”. “This group of people are extremely actor-friendly – they may not be director-friendly, and maybe that’s what Scorsese and Coppola are talking about,” he explained.
“I think Kevin Feige did a great thing with Robert Downey Jr. and he understood that Downey’s passion was a big part of the success”Hawke said. “When actors are excited about a role, audiences are excited to watch them. Feige understood the algorithm, so they’re extremely respectful of the process. The best thing about Moon Knight for me was Oscar’s performance. It’s crazy this thing that happens to have a giant budget – quite an off the charts performance. »
Moon Knight is available on Disney+.
Source: EW, IndieWire / Credit ©Disney+
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Marvel: Ethan Hawke defends Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola