Fighting for FREEDOM
TV & Satellite Week|November 14, 2020
Ethan Hawke on his real-life role as a slavery abolitionist who leads a deadly raid on the US government
HANNAH DAVIES, RICHARD MCCLURE

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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