Ethan Hawke

(Ethan Green Hawke)

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As a young man... you don't know anything about yourself. And add on to that, you're on the cover of magazines. People are interviewing you about what you think. You feel like a real phony.
At every turn, when humanity is asked the question, 'Do you want temporary economic gain or long-term environmental loss, which one do you prefer,' we invariably choose the money. Money, Coins & Minting
'Brooklyn's Finest,' this is the kind of movie that's why I want to be an actor, to tell real-life stories. This is where I feel my job is, to interpret life. Life
Everyone has to pay their child support, and no matter if you're a Hollywood actor or anyone else, it's always a little bit more than you want to pay.
I always felt that a marriage works best at a farm... where you're together and everybody has clear-cut roles; they have chores, 'you take care of this' and you know. But it's hard. Families, Children & Parenting
I auditioned for Robert Redford once and I was so starstruck I couldn't even speak. I had a mic wire at a screen test clipped to me and then I got kind of nervous and I paced in a circle and then took a step and tripped and fell on my face. You just have to forgive yourself and keep going on.
I did one sci-fi movie. I did 'Gattaca.' I liked 'Gattaca' because that was always the kind of science fiction I really dug, the non-action oriented sci-fi. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I don't know what has happened to movies, but lately every movie is at least 20 minutes too long. It used to be that if you were three hours long it was because it was epic - a movie about Gandhi; something with very important subject matters. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I have had so many bad auditions.
I kill flies, I eat meat, you know, whatever.
I met a lot of famous people when I was about 24. And none of them seemed very appealing. And so I didn't know why I would struggle to be that kind of person. Fame
I remember being a kid and sleeping over at my friend's house and staying up late and watching 'Nosferatu.' Vampire movies are supposed to be secret and bad. They should be rated R. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I think having nature be a part of people's lives helps all of us see ourselves as part of something larger. Nature
I think it's my job to risk looking foolish. One of the things I've learned from the actors I've worked with is you don't get something for nothing. If you don't risk looking foolish, you'll never do anything special.
I think that as soon as you think of yourself as a famous person or anything like that, you're objectifying yourself in some weird way. Fame
I think that if you walk through this life and I end up being a bad father, then it won't matter anything else I achieved in my life. It will all be irrelevant. Life
I thought I was so much smarter than everybody. And I'm not.
I was being taken around by a press agent at the Venice Film Festival at age 18. Was it fun? Sure. But it was a dangerous path to be walking on as far as having a substantive life. Because the casualty rate at the Venice Film Festival for 18-year-olds? High. Life
I'd be lying if I said I had confidence in every choice I've made, that I have faith in every film I do on every shot. Religion & God
If I do three movies in a year, I don't feel like acting ever again. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
If my kids are doing well, then my life is going pretty well. And if my kids aren't doing well, it doesn't matter how the other elements of my life are. It's kind of amazing to have a context like that. This is really wonderful. Life
If you can understand the inner life, then you can wear the uniform, the tattoos, or whatnot and realize that the things that are different about us become superficial. Life
If you're not a real chameleon of an actor and if you're not one of those guys who can really shape-change themselves all the time, one of the ways to keep pushing yourself and keep changing is to be in different kinds of movies. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm horrified to admit that I just love Salinger. I was devastated to find out that other people feel the same way. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
In all of our society, but especially in Hollywood, there is an obsession with perfection that can lead to self-loathing and neurosis and all that kind of stuff. Society
In New York, you've got Donald Trump, Woody Allen, a crack addict and a regular Joe, and they're all on the same subway car.
In your mid-twenties, the paint is still wet on who you are.
It is very difficult for any couple who are married if both people are ambitious. I don't know if it's just too hard to be married to a woman that wants to be a movie star.
It was never in my dreams to make my personal life anybody else's business. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
It's difficult to do a genre film well, and it doesn't matter if you're talking vampire movies or 'Dawn of the Dead' or 'The Thing' or 'Escape From New York.' Those kind of movies, they understand what the old-school B-movie is supposed to be, they get the throwback of it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I've had a lot of experience in independent film, and about how to choose. You've got to be very discerning about where you put your five bucks, and where you cut and what you don't cut.
My relationship to reality has been so utterly skewed for so long that I don't even notice it any more. It's just my reality.
Nothing teaches you like getting leveled. And I got leveled in my early 30s. Nothing went exactly the way I thought it would.
One of the things that separates a good genre movie from a bad genre movie, I always think, ironically, is when you care about the people. The dime a dozen ones are where you don't have any awareness of the character.
Right now the only people I can really fall in love with are people who don't really, truly want me around. Now why do I do that? Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Right now, if you're interested in being a dramatic actor, they're not making that many just regular dramas. Movies have to have some other thing going on. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Some people burn out, and some people like Clint Eastwood, he was a wild, international movie star in his 30s, and he's doing the best work of his life now. Go figure. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The biggest problem in my life is trying to be the kind of man that I want to be, the father that I want to be, and how to process the failure of my marriage. Life ;Failure ;Families, Children & Parenting
The girls who like me aren't the ones I like. Or, if I do and they want to commit, I suddenly need tons of time with my friends. Time
The more kind of head trippy sci-fi. I always like that. I was a big 'Twilight Zone' freak.
The older I get, the more I realize how rare it is to meet a kindred spirit.
The theater, for me, has always been a place where I'm free to be more creative, a place to sharpen my tools.
The thing that makes a great genre movie is one that's not just entertainment, not just horror or sci-fi or whatever. The ones I love are the genre pictures with some subversive message underlying it all. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There's some kind of actors that can radically change who they are from movie to movie. I've never really been that kind of actor. I enjoy changing the worlds that I'm in.
There's something about knowing life is finite that makes it so precious. Life
To get to be somebody who gets to love what they do for a living, that's so rare, and so there must be some kind of price you have to pay. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We live in a funny time. If you don't go corporate, you can't compete. You're relegated as irrelevant. People used to admire that. Time ;Humor
When an analogy is really singing, it's what you want it to be.
When you do 'Before Sunset,' you know while it's a limited audience, there was a very small group of people that love 'Before Sunrise.' You feel a certain pressure to make sure that you uphold a level of quality that has been a bar. You set a bar and you have to at least match it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
When you start becoming really successful, the demons start to tempt you - the demons of vanity and self importance, drug abuse, the feelings of fraudulence. But, it's also a thrill. That's what I found weird.
You know, I auditioned for 'Titanic.' Sometimes I muse on what would have happened. That would have been such a different life. Life