The pair appeared within the children’ movie “Explorers,” which bombed, however Hawke mentioned he realized a beneficial lesson from understanding Phoenix, who famously died on the age of 23 of a drug overdose after collapsing outdoors of a West Hollywood nightclub.
Hawke defined to the publication that he does not act in simpler films as a result of “my first screen partner overdosed on Sunset Boulevard, you know?”
“He was the brightest light and this industry chewed him up, and that was a big lesson to me,” Hawke mentioned of Phoenix. “If I had to put a single reason on why I never moved to LA, it would be I think it’s too dangerous for an actor like me to be in that kind of climate.”
Now 50 years previous and starring in “The Good Lord Bird,” concerning the well-known abolitionist John Brown, Hawke can replicate again on his earlier profession, which included shedding out on a task within the movie “Stand By Me” to Phoenix.
“You’re really good, but I just gave the part to another kid with a bird name,” Hawke recalled “Stand By Me” director Rob Reiner telling him on the time.
Hawke made clear his monumental respect for Phoenix, as he did for different actors he has labored with who additionally died too quickly, together with Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hawke mirrored on these loses through the interview.
“Drugs and alcohol and depression are formidable opponents all over the world. People think getting what you want will make you happy, but a sense of self, purpose and love don’t come from the outside,” he mentioned. “You can’t get distracted by this culture that celebrates things that sometimes aren’t what they seem.”