If you haven't already seen this little bit of detritus floating around the internet today, Ethan Hawke did a Reddit AMA this morning and was so freaking charming everyone's heads fell off and rolled away (so be careful reading this because YOUR head could be next). There to promote his new movies, Before Midnight and The Purge, Hawke handled his first Reddit experience like a real Estella in Paris (very sexual, distrusting of men).
Here are some particularly great highlights from the Q&A:
Ethan Hawke seriously loves Tang. He can't get enough of it, or couldn't at least, when he was a young gun on camping trips with his family. It was Tang with chili. Tang with granola bars. His favorite song is the Tang Song by Sistang.
I will always have a soft spot for Tang, no matter how vile it tastes, because when my father and I used to go camping, for breakfast we would have granola bars and Tang. For lunch we would have wolf's chili and Tang. And for dinner we would have hot dogs and Tang.
Ethan Hawke is a big Kurt Vonnegut fan.
I went to a Kurt Vonnegut reading at the 92nd street Y, because I too am a big Vonnegut fan - SLAPSTICK, GALAPAGOS, SIRENS OF TITAN, and BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS being among my favorites. I told him all of this, and a couple weeks later, I got a message from my agent saying I'd been requested to do the reading - I don't know if those 2 were connected, but I imagine that they were. Later I heard via the grapevine that he LOVED that reading and it made me really happy. I remember when we met I told him how much I loved SLAPSTICK and he said it wasn't a very good book.
Ethan Hawke is also a big time Nic Cage fan, kind of. God love him for it.
I'm kind of obsessed with Nic Cage. I just found out about /r/onetruegod too. He's the only actor since Marlon Brando that's actually done anything new with the art of acting; he's successfully taken us away from an obsession with naturalism into a kind of presentation style of acting that I imagine was popular with the old troubadours. If I could erase his bottom half bad movies, and only keep his top half movies, he would blow everyone else out of the water. He's put a little too much water in his beer, but he is still one of the great actors of our time. And working with him was an absolute pleasure. In fact, one of my favorite scenes I've ever done is the last scene in LORD OF WAR.
Ethan Hawke owns an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, making him a true island mon. The sweet little island came to him, he explains, because it could no longer be properly cared for. In response to questions about process of purchasing an island, he said:
One does not shop for an island; I have friends in Nova Scotia, and often visited them, one of whom was an older woman who could no longer take care of her island, and she asked if I would buy it. A closet in Manhattan costs more than an island in Nova Scotia. So I answered yes. And I'm happy I did.
Ethan Hawke is friends with anybody who likes the film Tape.
Anybody who likes TAPE is a friend of mine.
Once, when someone thought they saw him yelling, he was probably just saying a friendly hey to their dog.
I have no recollection of yelling at anybody with a dog or without a dog. I agree with the other person that I was probably saying hi.
Ethan Hawke has a true appreciation of all caps, especially when it comes to listing movie titles. [See above]