'The Black Phone': Ethan Hawke's Figure Out How to Play The Grabber

'The Black Phone': Ethan Hawke's Figure Out How to Play The Grabber ...

Following the Sinister of 2012, Ethan Hawke, Scott Derrickson, and C. Robert Cargill have found a winning partnership.

In The Black Phone, Hawke plays a character attempting to protect his family from a hostile situation. However, Finney may have met his opponent in his latest attempt, according to Mason Thames. However, the Grabber appears to be in a state of the art communication, which he may have accessed via a disconnected phone on the wall.

I love detailed world-building and backstory. I have an unusual desire for information on what causes someone like The Grabber to transform into this type of person, his ins and outs of his ritual, and how this mysterious phone works, among others. However, one of the most impressive features of The Black Phone is that it does not provide you information, but that it does not need to. It never feels like Derrickson is giving enough to preserve the mystery and the scare factor, but rather that you will never forget that this is Fin

If you like The Grabber, you may be subjected to some of those unseen and unheard details to access the characters'' headspace. During my recent conversation with Hawke on June 24th, I asked him if there is any information or qualities of the character we dont necessarily hear or see on screen, but we may feel informing his work. Here''s what he said:

I tried to give yourself a backstory, but like you, one thing I liked about the script is that it does not have a lot of exposition. When the actor is doing something like threatening children, I must understand. What you''re getting started with, however, I have to think about what it says to him. But what you''re learning about is that it does not tell you what it is, and that it does not give you permission to watch it. Even the mask itself, you can''t even see what this

I tried to give yourself a backstory, but like you, one of the things I liked about the script is that it doesn''t show up. When you''re doing things like hurting children, I must think about what the phone means to him, but I must keep an eye on the significance. Even the mask itself, you can''t even see what this guy looks like, therefore you are looking for any information that you may find.

These masks, created by Tom Savini''s special effects make-up, were crucial to Hawke''s decision on how to play The Grabber. Here''s how he used it:

I learned how obsessive he is and how much smarter he is about this world and this environment than I am. So I didnt got into trouble with the answers and discovered that it was until I saw them that I could play the role. It was absolutely fascinating that there were eight different versions of the mask that were capable of communicating in his own broken way. It was like, Uh, that it doesnt make any sense at all.

I learned from my previous experiences with Scott on Sinister and how much smarter he is about this world and this environment than I am. So I didnt really know and asked a lot of questions about the mask, and I was surprised by them. It was incredible that there were eight different versions of the mask that were capable of communicating in his own broken manner. It was like, Uh, that person''s logic was fundamental.

Looking for more information on Hawke''s previous experience making The Black Phone, including notes from his collaboration with Mason Thames, or in the video interview at the top of this article?