Ethan Hawke tapes audio edition of acclaimed novel 'Gilead'

Ethan Hawke’s film characters have ranged from the younger skeptics of “Truth Bites” and “Prior to First light” to the fanatically dedicated abolitionist John Brown in “The Excellent Lord Hen.”

NEW YORK — When she discovered that Ethan Hawke was once operating on a different audio version of her acclaimed novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson’s reaction was once to get a greater concept of who he was once.

“I will’t say I used to be conversant in his voice,” Robinson mentioned of the four-time Oscar nominee whose motion pictures come with “Prior to First light,” “Truth Bites” and “Boyhood.” But if Robinson watched Hawke superstar as a stricken priest in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” she felt assured he may inhabit the lifetime of an growing old Iowa minister within the 1950s, one whom Robinson describes as “a person deep in dialog with himself.”

“He (Hawke) speaks in a kind of American manner this is neatly inside the vary of what I perceive my persona to be talking,” she mentioned.

Hawke has recorded an abridged narrative of “Gilead” that was once commissioned via Long island’s 92nd Side road Y and will he heard Oct. 19-29 by way of Bernard Schwartz, who directs the Y’s Unterberg Poetry Heart, mentioned in a remark that he idea Hawke was once a great narrator.

“In ‘Gilead,’ the Reverend John Ames contemplates ‘grace as a kind of ecstatic fireplace that takes issues right down to necessities,'” he mentioned. “I learn that and recall to mind Ethan Hawke’s voice. ‘Gilead’ is a smart American novel, and Ethan Hawke is a smart American actor.”

In a contemporary electronic mail, Hawke remembered his first come upon with Robinson, when she learn from “Gilead” at Shakespeare and Corporate in Paris, as a “close to Holy enjoy.”

“Her humility as an individual, and the intensity of her writing, was once inspiring — so I began studying,” he defined.

Hawke’s roles have ranged from the born skeptics of “Truth Bites” and “Prior to First light” to the violently dedicated John Brown, the 19th century abolitionist whom he performs within the Showtime adaptation of James McBride’s prize-winning novel “The Excellent Lord Hen.” The Rev. Ames, as a lot seeker in his personal manner as a few of Hawke’s extra secular characters, is in his “wheelhouse,” the actor says.

“If someone has the Chutzpah to make it a movie, I’m hoping they forged me.”

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