In an interview with The Guardian revealed Monday, Hawke spoke about working with the late Phoenix after they had been each baby actors.
The pair appeared within the youngsters’ movie “Explorers,” which bombed, however Hawke mentioned he realized a beneficial lesson from figuring out Phoenix, who famously died on the age of 23 of a drug overdose after collapsing exterior of a West Hollywood nightclub.
Hawke defined to the publication that he does not act in simpler films as a result of “my first display companion overdosed on Sundown Boulevard, you recognize?”
“He was the brightest gentle and this trade chewed him up, and that was an enormous lesson to me,” Hawke mentioned of Phoenix. “If I needed to put a single cause on why I by no means moved to LA, it could be I feel it is too harmful for an actor like me to be in that sort of local weather.”
Now 50 years outdated and starring in “The Good Lord Chook,” in regards to the well-known abolitionist John Brown, Hawke can replicate again on his earlier profession, which included shedding out on a task within the movie “Stand By Me” to Phoenix.
“You are actually good, however I simply gave the half to a different child with a chook identify,” Hawke recalled “Stand By Me” director Rob Reiner telling him on the time.
Hawke made clear his monumental respect for Phoenix, as he did for different actors he has labored with who additionally died too quickly, together with Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hawke mirrored on these loses in the course of the interview.
“Medicine and alcohol and despair are formidable opponents all around the world. Folks suppose getting what you need will make you content, however a way of self, goal and love do not come from the surface,” he mentioned. “You may’t get distracted by this tradition that celebrates issues that generally aren’t what they appear.”