Ethan Hawke said he finds his 1995 film “difficult” to watch Before sunrise because he put so much of his true self into the film.
Before sunrise was the first film in the Before trilogy, which spanned 27 years and also included 2004 Before the sunset and 2013 Before midnight.
In the Richard Linklater films, Hawke and Julie Delpy played the pensive romantics Jesse and Celine, two strangers who meet on a train and get off in Vienna to spend the night together.
In a new interview with The Independent, Hawke said, “There’s a lot of me and my reality in these films. You are connected to me as deeply as anything could be.
“I can’t look Before sunrise now, without remembering that time so vividly. Who I was then is so different from who I am now; It’s hard for me to look at and put it out of my real life.”
Between the second and third parts, Hawke split from his wife, actress Uma Thurman. The breakdown of their relationship was something Linklater encouraged Hawke to bring to the silver screen.
“It was really nerve-wracking,” Hawke said. “It was scary. Rick was really interested in blurring the line between character and actor to give the film a subconscious. We put a lot of ourselves into these films.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Hawke spoke about his new Marvel show moon knightdealing with failures and “what a waste of time” it is to be jealous of other actors.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/ethan-hawke-before-sunrise-b2043862.html Ethan Hawke says it’s ‘difficult’ for him to watch ‘Before Sunrise’ again: ‘Who I was then is so different from who I am now’