Small But Interesting Details About Ethan Hawke's Movie & TV Roles That Most Fans Don't Know

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Ever since he made his debut back in 1985's Explorers, Ethan Hawke has been a part of the cultural zeitgeist. From big tentpole summer films to small indies that stole our hearts, the actor has made his mark on the industry. But in the last few years, it appears that he's really branched out, becoming a mainstay to the horror genre, the player in the Marvel universe, and even an Oscar contender. 

Over the years, Hawke aficionados have shared small details and tidbits about the actor and his projects that most fans might not know. Here are a select few details that have been shared over the years. Vote up your favorite small details about Ethan Hawke.

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    54 VOTES

    He Made A Killing On 'The Purge' Thanks To His Kindness

    As a favor to friend and director James DeMonaco and producer Jason Blum, Ethan Hawke starred in The Purge for a "friends-and-family" rate while making the micro-budget horror movie, asking for only a few thousand dollars upfront while opting for a portion of the box office take. The actor even stated to the Hollywood Reporter:

    No trailer, no driver, no BS, just a great role, a great director. Hell, on The Purge, I slept on his couch the whole shoot.

    However, due to the movie's worldwide success, Hawke probably received a lion's share of the profits, possibly in the mid-seven figures.

    54 votes
  • 2
    35 VOTES

    'Sinister' Is One Of The 'Scariest Movies Ever Made,' According To Science

    'Sinister' Is One Of The 'Scariest Movies Ever Made,' According To Science
    Photo: Universal

    A research endeavor called the Science of Scare Project determined that Scott Derrickson's Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, is one of the scariest movies ever made.

    According to Forbes, the project tracked the heart rate of 50 people of various ages who watched over 100 hours of scary movies. As a result, no movie scared more people more than Sinister.

    (Since then, the movie Host has also received high scores, but Sinister still scores among the top.)

    35 votes
  • 3
    25 VOTES

    A Telling Date In 'Predestination'

    From Redditor u/gpkrsn:

    In Predestination (2014), when Ethan Hawke looks at his watch to see the date for the first time, it shows Nov. 6, 1970 - his real birthday.

    25 votes
  • 4
    22 VOTES

    Working With Robin Williams Changed His Career And Life

    Working With Robin Williams Changed His Career And Life
    Photo: Dead Poet's Society / Buena Vista Pictures

    In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hawke stated:

    The first time I feel like I ever acted in my life was with Robin Williams. I had acted in school plays and I'd even acted in the film Explorers, but I'd never had what I had kind of heard about, which is this thing that can happen which is a loss of self and where you kind of disappear into this other world.

    And I was 18 years old and Robin Williams wrote, "I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world, Uncle Walt again," and he called me up and it was a very nerve-wracking scene because [director] Peter Weir wanted to shoot it very simply with a steady cam and back then […] that was an unheard of, new technology, this thing, and he really kind of wanted to get the scene in one take or at least cut as little as possible, and I was very nervous… All my friends were the actors, and I had to do this scene where I had to make up a poem in front of the class and it's the first time I really felt the beauty of what collaboration can be.

    22 votes
  • 5
    19 VOTES

    Jerome's ID In 'GATTACA' Combines The Faces Of Ethan Hawke And Jude Law

    19 votes
  • 6
    14 VOTES

    The Compliment For Jerome Was Not What It Seems In 'GATTACA'

    From Redditor u/KingSolomon1027:

    In GATTACA (1997), Dr. Lamar tells Ethan Hawke’s character Vincent that he has a “beautiful piece of equipment” during his urine test. Later, Lamar [alludes to the fact] that he knew he was pretending to be Jerome the whole time. 

    So he wasn’t complimenting his penis, but the mechanism Vincent was using to give a fake urine sample.

    14 votes