Eye of the hawke

  4 Minute Read More than 30 years after a raw and fresh-faced Ethan Hawke made his screen breakthrough in Dead Poets Society, we are still watching him like — well, like the proverbial. He gives Tom Chamberlin the three keys to his success..  
  • fashion director Grace Gilfeather

  • by Tom Chamberlin

  • photography Charlie Gray

Ethan wears leather western shirt, Ralph Lauren Purple Label; cotton vest, Sunspel; silver chain necklace, The Great Frog; Louisiana fedora, Lock & Co.

The music starts slowly, with a resonant B-flat from a distant dulcimer, like a mental lightbulb coming on for the virginal, repressed schoolboy Todd Anderson, soon to become a man. A crescendo marks the trigger-pulling of the rebellion. Not by manning the barricades, but by carpe-ing the diem and climbing with scruffy shoe onto the creaky and ancient wooden desk to say with his best (though still underwhelming) barbaric yawp, “O Captain! My Captain!” It is a knowing valediction to the departing mentor, Mr. Keating, who stops and observes half the class joining in this acknowledgement, led by the emboldened character played by Ethan Hawke at the denouement of Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society — and the dawn of Hawke’s career.


    June 2022


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