Ethan Hawke has found working with Marvel Studios to be “empowering”.
The 51-year-old actor stars as charismatic antagonist Arthur Harrow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe spin-off series ‘Moon Knight’ and although he’s been a critic of superhero movies in the past, he now has perspective different on genre because of how open the studio were to hear his ideas for the show.
He admitted: “For much of my career, the more the budget went up, the more the fear quotient went up, and from those in charge, there was a lot less creativity on set because there was so much fear.
“But there’s something about the success that Marvel has achieved that allows them to be confident and not be afraid. I’m just guessing here, but somehow in the DNA between Kevin Feige’s relationship with Robert Downey Jr., there’s something really good that happened between the producer-actor relationship, they have tremendous faith and belief in the actor’s ability to contribute.
“That opening scene is a great example of using your creativity to help you invest in the show and come up with original ideas, so I was really impressed with that.
“Oscar [Isaac] got involved in this part. At one point, while Oscar and I were rehearsing, I said to him, ‘Do you realize how nice they are? They believe in us so much that if it doesn’t work, it’s our fault. We can’t blame anyone.
“But it’s really empowering as a performer. Yes, you have to work in their kitchen, but they’ll let you work.”
Ethan and his co-star Oscar Isaac – who plays the title character – bonded over their shared love of running and the two actors carried on many script discussions while pounding the streets of Budapest.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “There was a quarantine, so we had very little access to do anything. This city is actually incredibly beautiful. And yeah, we both realized we like to run. .
“So it was a great way to talk and get to know each other and discuss the show and work through issues with our scripts. That’s probably going to be what I remember the most from our summer. Just wrestling with the scripts while we raced around Budapest.”