THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: How Ethan Hawke Convinced The Director To Hire Him

This weekend not only marks the release of the hotly-anticipated remake of the 1960 classic, The Magnificent Seven (which itself was a remake of the Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai), but it marks the first trifecta collaboration between director Antoine Fuqua and actors Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke since the early 2000s film, Training Day.

But this reunion was no coincidence. While both Hawke and Washington had worked together with Fuqua separately since Training Day — the former in 2009’s Brooklyn’s Finest and the latter in 2014’s The Equalizer, it had been a long time since the three of them had been together. When Hawke was asked to host the premiere screening of The Equalizer, it was the first time they’d been in the same place since then, and it was there that Hawke heard a key piece of information.

“That’s when I heard they were doing [The Magnificent Seven],” Hawke told Yahoo Movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I told Antoine, I said, ‘Look, if you don’t cast me, we won’t be friends anymore.‘”

Obviously, the comment was made in jest, but it definitely got the ball rolling, as Fuqua admitted to the outlet.

“Pretty much. [he told me,] ’I know Denzel is doing the lead, so there’s six other roles. I want one of them, I don’t care which one. You make the choice.’”

In the end, Hawke joined the “magnificent seven” in the role of Goodnight Robicheaux, the sharpshooter of the group. Not a bad way to convince someone to give you  paying gig.

The synopsis for the film is below:

“With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.”

The Magnificent Seven is out in theaters now. Will you be seeing it this weekend? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies

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