Hawke tempted by fate

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - CARIS BIZZACA

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

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