Sundance: Oscar nominee John Hawkes talks 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Martha-Marcy-May-MarleneImage Credit: Drew InnisOne of the best films I saw at Sundance was the tongue-twisting Martha Marcy May Marlene, a fascinating drama about a young woman who escapes from a cult after two years and attempts to readjust to the real world. Newcomer Elizabeth Olsen is quite impressive as Martha (aka Marcy May, aka Marlene), while the supporting cast features Sarah Paulsen, Hugh Dancy, and newly-minted Oscar nominee John Hawkes as the scarily charming cult leader, named Patrick.

Before the film was picked up by Fox Searchlight for release later this year, the four castmates (along with director Sean Durkin) stopped by our EW photo studio and discussed why they prefer the word “family” to the word “cult,” how they made such a supremely creepy film, and whether Hawkes should be pursuing a second career as a recording artist.

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  • imahrtbrkbeat

    I am soooo happy for John Hawkes. Well deserved, this man is ridiculously talented.

  • eden

    The first thing I ever saw this man in was a two episode guest stint on Wings. He was hilarious as a creepy nerd who was in love with Helen. I don’t think I saw him in anything again until The Perfect Storm, and now he pops up everywhere. I always remember his face thanks to Wings, but after today I now know his name is John Hawkes.

    • StanFitz

      I’m so glad I read your comment.
      I was racking my brain where I saw John Hawkes before.
      “The Perfect Storm” is what I remembered him in.
      I just watched “You and Me and Everyone We Know” and was really impressed by his acting.
      Have you seen that movie?

  • dropper

    The first time I saw John Hawkes was on the X-Files. He made quite the impression. It’s great to see him finally getting some real recognition.

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  • ayrifeek

    He’s a local celebrity here in Austin, TX. We’re rooting for him.

  • ellie

    Really happy to see John Hwakes getting praise. He’s been great in everything he does from the X-Files to Deadwood. Had no idea he lives in Austin though!

  • Richard Phares

    I’m one of those “I knew him when” guys. John Perkins and I acted together in a couple of things back in Austin as wanna-be thespians. I knew from his devotion to the craft even then that he had what it takes to be an actor. History has proved me right. I have followed his career through the years along with a lot of others who “knew him when”.

    • Hajara

      Well, this was playing at 8.30pm. Which was aawrwkd because a) the cinema it was playing at is an hour away, so by the time the film played and we got home it would have been midnight, and b) that night was a school night and c) I still can’t actually drive (damn you manual cars!) so my mother would have had to take me, and I don’t know what she would have done to entertain herself while I was watching the movie. So basically, aawrwkd times are anything after 6pm! This is why I barely ever go to the cinemas

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