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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.

Pic­ture: BEN KING

Sarah Snook is win­ning rave re­views for her turn in the new Aus­tralian-di­rected film Pre­des­ti­na­tion.

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