Ethan Hawke: Pedro Pascal is a ‘very attractive & extremely talented man’

Here are some photos of Ethan Hawke and Pedro Almodovar at the Cannes Film Festival this week. They premiered their new film, Strange Way of Life, on the second night of the festival. Strange Way of Life is Almodovar’s “gay cowboy movie,” and from the looks of things, he filmed like a Douglas Sirk film, all soap-opera melodrama and big feelings, only in a 30-minute short film. Ethan Hawke’s gay cowboy partner in the film is played by Pedro Pescal, only Pedro skipped Cannes. He was a no-show at the photocall and premiere. I wonder why he skipped? Maybe he’s feeling overexposed these days. Maybe he had other work commitments. Maybe he didn’t feel like flying to France just to shill a 30-minute short film?? Anyway, Ethan was full of praise for Pedro:

Ethan Hawke has praised his Strange Way of Life co-star Pedro Pascal, calling him a “very attractive and extremely talented man”.

The film, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, is a 30-minute gay Western short film that finally had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week. It is Almodóvar’s second film in the English language, after 2020’s Human Voice. It follows Pascal’s character Silva, who travels across the desert on horseback to visit his friend Sheriff Jake (Hawke), for the first time in over two decades. While the initial mood of their reunion is a celebratory one, conflict arises over Silva’s desire to revisit the past, and Jake’s wish to keep it buried.

During a Q&A session in Cannes, Hawke had the highest compliments for Pascal when asked about what it was like to act alongside the Game of Thrones star.

“I like to be wanted, you know I don’t care. If it happens to be a very attractive, extremely talented man, all the better,” Hawke said. Speaking of the chemistry and love in the film, Hawke added: “The second you take out a camera and you start photographing people, there’s some act of love that is happening where you are saying that these people are important and worthy of time. And the things they’re feeling are important and the things they’re thinking are important and worthy of us all to consider. So, for me, it’s kind of always about love in some capacity. What moves us is what we want, what we love. Desire makes the world spin around.”

[From The Independent]

I mean, I think most actors would say “yes” to anything Pedro Almovodar asked them. Especially American actors – Almodovar usually just casts Spanish actors in his mostly Spanish-language films. The fact that he cast Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal as gay cowboys is pretty great though. I do wish Pedro had come to Cannes, just for some lustful posing with Ethan. Maybe that’s exactly why Pedro avoided it!

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Danbury says:

    No shit Sherlock!
    Honestly, I bet Pedro is just exhausted – he’s been everywhere! Our man just needs to rest and recharge. Don’t worry Pedro, we’ll be here waiting when you get back!

    • Freddy says:

      I agree. At some point, the exposure to being everywhere all at once will overwhelm. Pedro has been a pretty private/off-the-radar actor for YEARS and the past year must have been a shock to his system.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I’d read online (Reuters, I think?) that Pedro skipped Cannes because work was starting on Gladiator 2. I found that a bit strange seeing as the writers strike is ongoing, but wtv I’m no insider hahaha.

      That said, I agree that maybe he’s just tired and needs some time away from the spotlight. I can only imagine how intense these last 6-9 months must have been.

      • Kirsten says:

        The strike won’t impact anything that already has script approval. If they got to a point where they needed re-writes, then they’d run into delays.

  2. Eleonor says:

    Can’t wait to see this!!!!

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    Ethan is a hot silver fox himself – he and Pedro MEOW!!!!!

    • TIFFANY says:

      Yes he is.

      And the man knows how to deliver when interviewed.

      Ethan is one of my favorites when interviewed.

  4. L says:

    I recently watched some reruns of The Mentalist and Pedro Pascal had a role in some episodes!! I got so excited hahah so cool to see how big his career has become.

  5. shanaynay says:

    Wow! Is it me, or does Ethan Hawke look completely different?

    • TeamMeg says:

      @shanaynay I think maybe it’s the goatee’s absence on his face that makes him look so diff.

  6. Concern Fae says:

    So looking forward to this. But also sad because it reminds me he decided against making an English language feature with Cate Blanchett.

    • Danbury says:

      I didn’t know this and while I used to love Blanchett lately I’ve been changing my mind and this kind of makes me love Almodovar even more

  7. smcollins says:

    Being part of an Oscar Isaac/Pedro sandwich is my ultimate fantasy, but I would have zero problem with Ethan stepping in for Oscar (he’s been one of my biggest Hollywood crushes since DPS). 😛

  8. ElleE says:

    Pedro’s explosion on the scene after being in the industry for a decade reminds me of the Jude Law supernova of the early 2000s.

    Jude was in like three blockbuster movies in a 12 month timeframe & we now know that his phone, sienna miller‘s phone, and Sadie Frost’s phones were tapped.

    Jude was everywhere just progressively getting more and more low energy in each interview. Take it easy Pedro!

  9. Kate says:

    This will be very hot and I will probably watch it but are either of them queer that we know of? If not I really wish they had cast two gay actors!

  10. The Voice says:

    There was a pic posted of Pedro at his sister’s graduation in New York today so that may explain why he didn’t go to Cannes. The man is just living his life and putting family first. I hope he wasn’t mobbed at her graduation. He needs rest after being everywhere lately!

  11. j.ferber says:

    I love this comment of Hawke’s. I cannot wait to see this short (too bad it’s not a full-length movie).