For those of us who remember him as an idealistic young schoolboy in 1989 movie Dead Poets Society, it’s something of a shock to discover that Ethan Hawke turned 50 on 6 November.
And the Hollywood star admits his advancing years only dawned on him when it came to casting the role of real-life 19th-century abolitionist John Brown in Sky Atlantic drama The Good Lord Bird, for which Hawke is also an executive producer.
‘When I first started thinking about bringing the story to the screen, I thought about Jeff Bridges playing John Brown,’ says Hawke. ‘And then slowly I realized that I’m a lot older than I thought I was and that I could play this part. I got really passionate about it.’
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