Anyone who saw Pawel Pawlikowski’s 2004 movie My Summer of Love was generally impressed with many accolades given to the performances by Nathalie Press and the then unknown Emily Blunt, making the Poland-born Pawlkowski one of England’s more respected filmmakers.
It’s surprising how long it’s taken for him to return to filmmaking and his latest movie The Woman in the Fifth, based on the book by Douglas Kenney, stars Ethan Hawke as writer Tom Ricks, who travels to Paris to try to reconnect with his estranged wife and daughter. When that doesn’t work out, he decides to stay in Paris, staying at a cheap hotel filled with dangerous individuals, and he only finds solace in a tryst he has with a mysterious woman named Margit, played by Kristin Scott Thomas.
It’s been quite some time since ComingSoon.net had a chance to talk with Ethan Hawke, so we sat down with the actor earlier this week and had a fairly lengthy interview where we covered a lot of ground.
You can watch the video interview below where we speak with Hawke about:
* How he first met Pawel and became interested in working with him
* Playing a writer in the movie
* What interested him in being in this particular movie
* The multi-cultural nature of the movie and its cast
* How he deals with speaking French in the movie
* Working with Kristin Scott Thomas
* What made Pawel different as a director
* How the film didn’t have a full script
* The balance of being a Hollywood actor and doing artier indie movies
* Whether he might direct another movie
* His work with Richard Linklater and the discussions they’ve been having about doing a follow-up to Before Sunset (and that he thinks they’re ready to do it)
* What he did for Len Wiseman’s Total Recall, though he doesn’t think his stuff will be in the movie
* We touch upon some of his other upcoming movies including Sinister and Vigilandia and his general interest in making genre movies
* We talk about the current wave of TV and if that’s something that interests him. This evolves into a conversation about why he thinks Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” should be done as a television series
And lots more!
The Woman in the Fifth opens in select cities on Friday, June 15