Hawke tempted by fate
PREDESTINATION star Ethan Hawke isn’t sure if he believes in fate, but if anything is going to sway him, it’s his kids. A father of four, Hawke has two teenagers from his first marriage to Uma Thurman, and two young daughters, Clementine Jane and Indiana, with his second wife Ryan.
Normally based in Brooklyn, Hawke temporarily called Melbourne home during filming on time- travel flick Predestination – the sci- fi flick that brought him to the subject of fate.
And in some ways, he thinks we’re on a predetermined track.
“When you have your first kid you kind of think you shape them a lot, and as somebody who has four [ children] you start to realise how much they are their own person the day they’re born,” Hawke said.
“How they’re going to feel about things, whether they’re going to be angry, whether they’re going to be funny. All that stuff is not really made by the situations around them.
“There is so much that is innate and intrinsic to who a person is and, in that way, I do believe in fate.”
But as Hawke continued down the same train of thought, he too veered off course, saying he had no idea which was the right answer.
“I mean, I have no idea,” said the actor, who is also starring in upcoming film Boyhood.
“Part of what I love about science fiction is the opportunity to address these kinds of questions and think about them and wonder how much of our life is predetermined.”
In Predestination, Hawke reteams with his Aussie Daybreakers directors Peter and Michael Spierig for an adaptation on sci- fi writer Robert Heinlein’s short story.
He stars as a time- travelling agent, tracking an elusive mass murderer for his final assignment.
The shoot marks only the second time Hawke has visited Australia, after Daybreakers was made on the Gold Coast in 2007.
Hawke said he didn’t want to take sides between the two cities.
“I don’t want to discourage the Gold Coast so let’s just say Melbourne was fantastic,” he said.
“I can’t imagine anyone in the world who wouldn’t list it as one of the best cities to have a young family. There’s so much to do.”
PREDESTINATION Opens at the State Cinema and Village Cinemas ( Glenorchy only) on Thursday
BOYHOOD Is released in Australian cinemas on September 4