Ethan Hawke has a taste for the macabre. More specifically: “Macbeth.”
The actor will star as the king of Scotland in the Shakespeare tragedy at Lincoln Center this winter. Jack O'Brien, whom Hawke worked with on 2006/2007’s "The Coast of Utopia" -- a role that earned him a Tony nomination -- will direct. The two also worked together on the 2003-04 Broadway staging of "Henry IV."
“Macbeth,” however, has long been on Hawke’s wish list. “It’s a part I’ve always wanted to play,” he said on the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered.”
“When you think of violent murders, brutal crimes, nightmarish horrors, you might think of the big city, you might think of Manhattan. Or, if you’re like me, you might think a little bit past that to about a 400-year-old play named ‘Macbeth,’” Hawke said on “Shakespeare Uncovered.” “Even the name of it conjures witches and the dregs of the universe. This tale of mass murder is among the darkest, strangest of all of Shakespeare’s plays.”