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John Hawkes reveals character details for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will be playing abolitionist legislator, not John Wilkes Booth

John Hawkes reveals character details for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” will be playing abolitionist legislator, not John Wilkes Booth (photo)

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John Hawkes, who won an Oscar nomination for his roles as a menacing uncle in “Winter’s Bone” and who plays a manipulative cult leader in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” isn’t looking to build on his body of creepy character work with more villains in the immediate future. Although he’s been offered the part of Charlie Manson, he always turns it down. And while there’s been speculation that he would play John Wilkes Booth in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln epic about to go into production, Hawkes told IFC that his part is actually very different.

“I’m playing a real-life guy who wasn’t famous,” the actor said. “He’s a lobbyist from Albany, who is called in by the Secretary of State [William Seward, played by David Straitharn] to aid Lincoln’s case.”

This leaves four possible candidates for Hawkes’ character: W.N. Bilbo, Emanuel B. Hart, Robert W. Latham, or George O. Jones, all of who helped steer the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery through Congress in 1865. Of those, only George O. Jones was actually a resident of Albany, however, leaving him seemingly the most likely candidate for Hawkes’ role.”

“It’s a beautiful script,” Hawkes said. “It’ll be interesting to work in that period. A fascinating time in history.”

Hawkes has already wrapped his role in another real-life story for the indie film “The Surrogate,” in which he’s the lead. He plays the late writer Mark O’Brien, a polio survivor who is paralyzed from the neck down. “He spent, by the age of six and through the rest of his life in an iron lung,” Hawkes said. “So it was a challenge to play a character who had no body movement except 90 degrees of his head.”

O’Brien, who was both a poet and a journalist, wrote about his experience seeking out a sexual surrogate for his first sexual contact, and confronting his issues of inadequacy, repression, and masculinity. (Helen Hunt plays the surrogate). “It’s a tiny little movie that attracted some wonderful actors,” Hawkes said, “and hopefully it will be great.”

“Each role is different,” he added. “With the darker material, that can be a disturbing thing in itself, and I guess it sort of takes a piece of you, and gives you back a piece that’s not always pleasant to remember or deal with. But if you feel like you’re part of something larger than yourself, it’s a small price to pay to be part of something great.”

Are you looking forward to seeing what John Hawkes brings to the Abraham Lincoln biopic? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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