NEW YORK (AP) — When she discovered that Ethan Hawke was engaged on a particular audio version of her acclaimed novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson’s response was to get a greater thought of who he was.
“I can not say I used to be conversant in his voice,” Robinson mentioned of the four-time Oscar nominee whose movies embrace “Earlier than Dawn,” “Actuality Bites” and “Boyhood.” However when Robinson watched Hawke star as a troubled priest in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” she felt assured he may inhabit the lifetime of an ageing Iowa minister within the Nineteen Fifties, one whom Robinson describes as “a person deep in dialog with himself.”
“He (Hawke) speaks in a kind of American means that’s nicely inside the vary of what I perceive my character to be talking,” she mentioned.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, ”Gilead” is the primary of 4 Robinson novels set in a rural Iowa neighborhood within the Nineteen Fifties. It’s narrated by the dying Rev. John Ames, a Congregationalist pastor who displays on his household historical past and the struggling and transcendence he has recognized on this “poor perishable world.” The e book’s many admirers embrace former President Barack Obama, who has spoken of studying “Gilead” whereas campaigning in Iowa.
Hawke has recorded an abridged narrative of “Gilead” that was commissioned by Manhattan’s 92nd Road Y and might he heard Oct. 19-29 by way of www.92y.org/gilead. Bernard Schwartz, who directs the Y’s Unterberg Poetry Middle, mentioned in an announcement that he thought Hawke was an excellent 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 consider Ethan Hawke’s voice. ‘Gilead’ is a good American novel, and Ethan Hawke is a good American actor.”
In a latest electronic mail, Hawke remembered his first encounter with Robinson, when she learn from “Gilead” at Shakespeare and Firm in Paris, as a “close to Holy expertise.”
“Her humility as an individual, and the depth of her writing, was inspiring — so I began studying,” he defined.
Hawke’s roles have ranged from the born skeptics of “Actuality Bites” and “Earlier than Dawn” to the violently dedicated John Brown, the nineteenth century abolitionist whom he performs within the Showtime adaptation of James McBride’s prize-winning novel “The Good Lord Chicken.” The Rev. Ames, as a lot seeker in his personal means as a few of Hawke’s extra secular characters, is in his “wheelhouse,” the actor says.
“If anybody has the Chutzpah to make it a movie, I hope they forged me.”
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