John Hawkes On Independent Film, "The Sessions," & Deadwood

An interview with the American film and television actor.

John Hawkes in 2009.
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John Hawkes On Independent Film, "The Sessions," & Deadwood
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John Hawkes On Independent Film, "The Sessions," & Deadwood

Actor John Hawkes says he doubts there will be a revival of HBO's critically-acclaimed series, Deadwood, but he's not ruling out the possibity of a movie somewhere down the line. 

"I skeptical," Hawkes says. "I would sign up immediately and I'm sure many others would, but the more time that passes, the more difficult that will be. The show itself was a hit, but wasn't a huge hit where there's maybe enough of an audience clamouring for a movie for them to have to make one, but we'll see - who knows.

Hawkes is in Connecticut this weekend for a screening of "The Sessions" at the Avon Theater in Stamford. He'll host a Q&A about the movie afterward.

WNPR's Colin McEnroe spoke with Hawkes about "The Sessions," "Winter's Bone," and about the importance of independent film making.

"I'm not against studio movies. I'm in them and I'm happy to be in them," Hawkes says. "Studios, years ago, I can remember, used to make a lot of mid-level films for adults and those films I guess have dissappeared because they weren't always the greatest money makers. One thing I love about independent films is that they pick up the slack and tell the stories that otherwise wouldn't be told."

Hawkes continues:

"I'm in Greenwich Connecticut working on a film now that's independent and there are a lot of people who are producers, who have invested money in the film and it's feeling like it's beginning to take a village to make an independent film. "The Sessions" is an interesting film because no one would fund it and so Ben Lewin who adapted the screenplay from [Mark O'Brien's] article "I'm Seeing a Sex Surrogate," and his wife, Judy Levine who produced the film, they began to go out to friends ... and they raised the money completely independently and made the movie relatively cheaply. And then really kind of owned the money. So when the movie went to Sundance and became a bit of a hit the year before last, they were able to have immediately made their money back, paid their investors, and I guess if anyone's listening and wants to invest in independent film I'm encouraging you to because sometimes you can roll the dice and it works out really well."