SARAH SNOOK DOES DOUBL DUTY IN HER LATEST ROLES AS BOTH MAN AND WOMAN
Ethan Hawke says not many actors can be compared to Leonardo DiCaprio and Michelle Williams in the same breath.
That is, until you see Aussie Sarah Snook in Predestination, where she plays both a man and a woman.
Snook stars alongside Hawke in the mind-bending science fiction flick, about a time-travelling agent tracking down an elusive mass murderer.
Directed by Australian filmmaking twins Peter and Michael Spierig, Snook plays a young bespectacled girl who becomes a worn and bitter man. “My joke is she’s both as good as DiCaprio and Michelle Williams,” Hawke says of Snook.
“There’s not many actors that get compared to those two in the same performance.” Brooklyn-based Hawke, who moved to Melbourne to shoot
Predestination, couldn’t pile enough praise on his co-star.
“For my money, working with Sarah is the reason to shoot a film,” he says.
“I was so impressed ... Sarah is one of just the most breathtaking young actors I’ve ever worked with.” Hawke isn’t alone, with industry bible
Variety calling her performance in Predestination “extraordinary”.
In fact, she was so believable in her gender- shifting part that some of Snook’s own friends didn’t recognise her at first.
The Adelaide-born actor admits she’s always wanted to try playing a man and found it quite liberating.
“Guys have a lot more fun,” she says. “They don’t have to wear heels. They don’t have to look pretty. Well, this guy didn’t.”
Snook says the mandate was to make him look like the years had been tough.
“Not super ugly, but let’s make him look broken down, as a beaten man, and that was fun,” she says.
Hawke admits working alongside Snook as she switched genders from day-today could be odd. “It was strange in that it was something I’d never done before and it’s a strange chemistry, but I loved it.”
And it doesn’t matter if you’re in Dead Poets Society, the Before trilogy, Training Day or upcoming Boyhood, Hawke says you’re always striving to create that unique chemistry.
“Whether it’s with Denzel Washington and Julie Delpy or Robin Williams or whoever it is that I’m acting with,” he revealed during the interview, which took place prior to Williams’ death. “That’s what I’m always trying to do.”
Predestination opens today. The Arts Centre Gold Coast will host an exclusive screening and Q & A with the director and producer on Tuesday at 6.30pm.
Sarah Snook is winning rave reviews for her turn in the new Australian-directed film Predestination.