Ethan Hawke shows his range as an artist – and his love of music – with two films this month. By KEVIN MA本月機上選映的兩部電影，反映 Ethan Hawke的藝術修以對養 及音樂的熱愛。撰文：馬樂民
In the mid-1990s, Ethan Hawke seemed destined to be the hipster heartthrob of his generation with films such as Reality Bites and Before Sunrise. While the blockbusters never really came calling, he’s remained one of Hollywood’s most reliable leading men, with an eclectic filmography that includes both independent and commercial films.
Hawke had a banner year in 2018. In addition to awards buzz for his performance in First Reformed, he also returned to the director’s chair with Blaze, a biopic about the late singer Blaze Foley. Like Hawke’s previous directorial effort,
Seymour: An Introduction, Blaze is about an unsung musical hero. Foley – real name Michael David Fuller – was a cult figure in the American country music circle, whose life was tragically cut short in 1989 at the age of 39. Dubbed ‘a genius and a beautiful loser’ by country singer Lucinda Williams, Foley was also haunted by his demons and the pressures of a burgeoning career.
Blaze is a fiercely unconventional biopic. Tinted in a golden brown hue, the nostalgic film is more concerned with capturing the way Foley lived rather than his actual life story. The narrative often stops to show Foley sharing tender moments with his muse, Sybil Rosen (who co-wrote the script), and shooting the breeze with his musician friends. Unfolding like memories coming to the surface, the film is a collage of moments revealed through multiple timelines with overlapping scenes. It’s a melancholic and quietly brilliant film that shows Hawke’s talent as a storyteller.
Hawke himself plays an elusive rocker in Juliet, Naked. Based on a Nick Hornby novel, the romantic comedy stars Hawke as Tucker Crowe, a musician who has amassed a small cult of obsessed fans since abruptly leaving the music world 25 years ago. When Annie (Rose Byrne), the long-suffering girlfriend of one of these fans, posts a negative review of a resurfaced demo album, Crowe reaches out to her via e-mail and the two develop an unusual friendship.
Living on the meagre royalties he earns from his forgotten music, Crowe is a man haunted by regrets, with little to show for his life apart from the five children he had with four different women.
As a former heartthrob himself, Hawke is a perfect fit for the role, bringing just the right dose of charisma, charm and pathos. Despite the film’s narrative shortcomings, it’s hard not to fall under its spell by the time Hawke performs a cover of The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset.
1 990年中代 ， Ethan Hawke 似乎總是在《不朽真、留情》 《情 半天》這類電影裡飾演令女子心動的潮人主角。他從來沒有像其他輩同 們一樣在商業電影中大紅，大紫 卻是荷李活男主角的中流砥；柱 他主演過的電影，從獨立製作到商業類型片都有，可說非常全面。
2018 年是 Hawke 事業上的豐收之年。除了他在《First Reformed》中的演出獲獎呼聲甚高之外，亦再次擔任導演，執導關於已故音樂人 Blaze Foley 的傳記電影《Blaze》。跟 Hawke 以前執導的《人生樂師：西摩傳》一樣，《Blaze》講述一位受到忽視的音樂人的。故事 原名 Michael David Fuller 的 Foley 於 1989 年被槍殺，終年只有39歲，美是 國鄉謠界的傳奇人物。
全片致力捕捉 Foley 的生活而非生平，故事畫面經常被一種金棕色的色調籠罩，洋溢
到 Foley與他的繆思女神 Sybil Rosen（她 也是本的片 共同編劇）共享溫柔時光，還有與他的音樂人朋友閒聊的輕場鬆 面片。本有如浮現於我們腦海裡的，回憶 將不同時空裡發生的事情拼貼在一起，的不同 場面層層重疊，表現出 Hawke 講故事的，才華是一部傷、感 內歛出但 色的電影。
Hawke 亦在《Juliet, Naked》演出一個行蹤飄忽的神隱搖滾樂手。這部愛情喜劇改編自 Nick Hornby的，小說 Hawke 飾演的 Tucker Crowe 是一個音樂人，曾經迷倒一班狂熱的小眾樂迷，卻於25 年前突然在樂壇上消失得無影無蹤。鬱鬱寡歡的Annie（Rose Byrne 飾）是其中一名樂迷的女朋友，當她對一張重新出土的本樣 唱片發表負評之後， Crowe透過電郵與她聯絡，兩人從此展開一段非一般的。友誼Crowe依靠他那些被人遺忘的音樂賺取微薄的版稅生活，的他 人生充滿悔疚，除了由四個女人為他生的五名兒女之外，其餘乏善足陳他在散發迷人。Hawke魅外力之亦曾是再添上一絲憂鬱銀的幕上 萬人迷， ，完美演繹這個角色。雖然本的片 故事略見平淡，但是當 Hawke 唱出 The Kinks 的名曲〈Waterloo Sunset〉時，觀眾就會對他的魅力大為傾。倒