Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke is an actor, writer, & director best known for his roles in "Dead Poets Society", "Training Day", unfortunately "Daybreakers", and for (dick-bogglingly) leaving Uma Thurman for their children's nanny.

Chances are good you haven't seen many of his other movies, so it would basically just be a spoiler-fest to continue...

Just The Facts

  1. Ethan Hawke has acted in dozens of features, with a proclivity for working with Richard Linklater.
  2. He is not Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, though he will sign autographs as either, as far as you're concerned.
  3. Hawke has been waging a war of containment with his goatee for the past twenty years.

A career of transition...or a refusal & possible inability to be thoroughly pigeonholed.

So Ethan Hawke started out as a young actor in the 1980s, much like his friend, River Phoenix, with whom he debuted in the film Explorers. As both wandered from their teenage years and into the 1990s, River Phoenix died outside The Viper Room, and Hawke picked up the torch as a Gen-X "Smartthrob". This mostly involved staring through beautiful ingenues with his piercing baby blues, waxing philosophical, and smoking heavily. Doing so allowed him opportunity to make out on-screen with perennial babes such as Winona Ryder in Reality Bites and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise (and around a decade later in Before Sunset) as well as Uma Thurman in Gattaca... and their marriage.

He then went on to make many generally well-received films, directing and writing on occasion. Some of this work included Snow Falling On Cedars, Tape, Chelsea Walls, Waking Life, the remake of Assault on Precint 13, and Sidney Lumet's fantastic Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, wherein we're supposed to buy the notion that Hawke and notoriously sweaty, creepy (and generally fantastic) actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman are brothers.

Hawke looks absolutely devastated by this prospect.

Ethan Hawke goes to Space!

In the film Gattaca, Ethan Hawke plays a man in the near future who was born with a congenital heart defect, prohibiting him from being considered for his dream occupation as an astronaut, held for genetically designed, essentiallyNietzschean supermen. He proceeds to dupe the space program AND his brother long enough to make it into space by pretending to be Jude Law's foreign, ex-athelete, presently-parapalegic character. This further reinforced notions that sort-of-blondish, pretty white boys are thoroughly interchangable, (since apparently with exception by the future space program is only taken in regard to the length of limbs).

Seriously, these guys were trying to dupe the space program of THE FUTURE!?

Oh! Look! The Vampire bandwagon!

So, in a thankful turn, Hawke has recently assumed the role of Edward Dalton in the decidedly un-pussified vampire outing known as Daybreakers. For those who have misse the memo, it's the big-budget vampire film that's come out in the last year that has nothing to do with Mormon authors or pre-teen girls.

In Daybreakers, the world is filling with vampires and humans are going extinct. Hawke plays a vampire who is also a cutting-edge hematologist - a field made much more important when your only sustenance is blood. He works what amounts to a huge vampiric pharmaceutical corporation looking to address and solve the crisis of the quickly dwindling supply of human blood. Then Willem Dafoe shows up and everything gets crazy... crazy awesome.

Seriously, just go see it. It's probably the only vampire movie available in theaters over this past year that won't make your penis retreat into your abdomen.

Keep in mind, Ethan Hawke is a badass. You'd have to be to dare cheat on this woman, right?

It's like deliberately announcing you'd like your balls removed and presented to you on a platter.