Ethan Hawke describes his Black Phone character as “the only one I couldn’t defend”

Ethan Hawke describes his Black Phone character as "the only one I couldn't defend"

Ethan Hawke has a habit of imagining himself as the lawyer for the characters he plays, but he hasn’t been able to do it with his Black Phone villain: it’s his one character he can’t defend.

Black Phone is one of the most attractive premieres on this week’s billboard, a horror and kidnapping thriller directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Ethan Hawkein one of the most sinister roles of his career.

In Black Phone, Hawke plays a child abductor, created by author Joe Hill in the novel of the same name. The reasons for this we will know in the film that opens on Friday, but for now Hawke puts fear in our bodies by referring to his character as “reprehensible” and having no possible redemption.


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These were his words in an interview in Uproxx (via ScreenRant): “All my life I’ve been asked if I like my character. And I say I don’t think about judging the character. I act as the lawyer for that character, I see the world and I defend his position, I justify his actions.”

But there is no lawyer in this world who would want to have “The Grabber” as a client.“.

Although Hawke has played several villains in his career (including Moon Knight) has always tried to put himself in his shoes and see the world through his eyes, to try to understand his motivations and offer a performance that we can empathize with.

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With The Grabber, the child kidnapper who terrorized a town in the 1970s according to Joe Hill’s novel, Hawke hasn’t been able to do it. He will undoubtedly be one of this year’s villains to remember, even though he spends most of his time in a mask…

The victim of The Grabber in Black Phone is a shy 13-year-old boy, who discovers that, somehow, an apparently broken phone may be the only chance to escape

Black Phone debuts June 24 in Spanish cinemas. It is the return of Scott Derrickson (director of the first Dr Strange movie) to horror films: he is also the author of Deliver Us from Evil or Sinister, in which Ethan Hawke also appeared.

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