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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ethan Hawke

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Ethan Hawke - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of sitting down with actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke at Amoeba Hollywood recently to discuss some of the albums and movies that had a particular place in his heart, including the outlaw country documentary Heartworn Highways. "I'm really grateful for this opportunity you've given me to talk about this movie," he told us. "It slices like a razor blade through your body and you open up, in a good way. There's something about it that really moves me." Hawke had much to say about all of his picks, both heartfelt and entertaining, making for a genuine and educational What's In My Bag? episode.

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Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. In 1989, Hawke had his breakthrough performance in the role of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society. His star continued to rise with the release of slacker comedy Reality Bites (1994), Before Sunrise (1995), Gattaca (1997), and Great Expectations (1998). Hawke accrued critical accolades thanks to his work in Waking Life (2001) and Training Day (2001). Along with co-writers Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, Hawke received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Before Sunset (2004), the sequel to Before Sunrise. The third film in The Before Trilogy, Before Midnight (2013), garnered the trio another Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. Another collaboration with Linklater, 2014's Boyhood, was nominated for five Golden Globes (winning three), five BAFTA awards (winning one), and six Academy Awards (winning one). 

In addition to his film career, Hawke has also enjoyed a robust stage career, with acclaimed roles in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, Sam Shepard's Buried Child, and Shakespeare's Henry IV. His work as Mikhail Bakunin in Tom Stoppard's play The Coast of Utopia netted Hawke his first Tony Award. Hawke has directed three feature films (Chelsea Walls, The Hottest State, Blaze), three Off-Broadway plays (A Lie of the Mind, Clive, Things We Want), and a documentary (Seymour: An Introduction). He is the author of three novels: The Hottest State, Ash Wednesday, and Rules for a Knight. In 2018, Hawke's Blaze, an autobiographical film about the life of country artist Blaze Foley, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Hawke directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Sybil Rosen.

Taking a cue from the oultaw country music scene in Heartworn Highways, Hawke turned to the subject of Townes Van Zandt, a prominent presence in the film. "The true-blue poet laureate of the United States of America," Hawke called the country singer while holding up a copy of For the Sake of the Song. Next he moved on to blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, who Hawke called a huge influence on Van Zandt. "This music is built on so much pain, and so much crime, and so much hurt, you know, crimes done against mankind," he said. "Lightnin' sings about suffering in a way that invites you in, and heals."

Hawke picked up a solo record from The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser and called a recent concert by Leithauser "the best live show" he's seen in years. He also paid homage to the great folk singer John Prine and described how Prine "writes about pain and makes you laugh." But who is putting the rock n roll back in country music according to Ethan Hawke? And which contemporary artist does he consider to be one of the best women in country right now? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Ethan Hawke - What's In My Bag?
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