While doing press rounds earlier this summer for the spectacular film Before Midnight, Ethan Hawke predicted that Richard Linklater’s ambitious project Boyhood would be finished in two years. Now it seems like the film will be completed sooner than originally predicted. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Hawke revealed that he had recently finished shooting his last scene for the film.
For those of you who are unaware of this particular project, the project focuses on the many years of boyhood with the same young actor in the role as he progresses in age. Hawke and Linklater reportedly began shooting segments for the film back in 2002 and have been filming scenes every year since. Hawke describes the film as “original and revolutionary”. He adds:
“This is about growing up and the little moments that define our identity that aren’t about your bar mitzvah or your first time you had sex. There are these signposts that are supposed to be meaningful — prom, or something — that aren’t really meaningful. The movie is going to be — I don’t know what people are going to make out of it — but I do know it’s the damned most original thing I’ve ever been a part of.
In 2002 when it started, the parents are going though a divorce and it opens with the mom — and you don’t see me. And then I come for a weekend visit the next year. The first scene I did was with a 7-year-old boy … and I take this 7-year-old boy bowling — and I’m chain smoking in a bowling alley, which was legal then. And I finished yesterday and I’m 42 years old — I was 33 when I did my first scene — he’s 19. He’s a grown man! He’s got crazy earrings and he’s taller than me and he’s intimidating. Just acting in the movie felt like nothing I’ve ever done.”
I’ve first read about this project a few years ago ad have been looking forward to the final result ever since. This seems like it can be something truly special. To my knowledge, nothing like this has ever been done before on the narrative level. If finished in time, I wont be surprised if the film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival or Cannes next year. Are you looking forward to this? Make sure to check back for more updates on Boyhood as they come our way.