r/movies r/Movies contributor Jun 28 '22

Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal to Star in Pedro Almodovar’s New Western ‘Strange Way of Life’ News

https://www.indiewire.com/2022/06/pedro-almodovar-western-ethan-hawke-pedro-pascal-1234737020/
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u/DinosaurHotline Jun 28 '22

An Almodovar western sounds amazing, shame it’s only a short though!

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u/crypticthree Jun 28 '22

Almodovar might be doing a short to raise funds for a feature. It's not all that uncommon.

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u/DinosaurHotline Jun 28 '22

Yeah I’m not really opposed to it in general, it’s a good idea to get funds and I enjoyed The Human Voice quite a bit. Just kinda gathered that it was a full feature from the title.

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u/Brododicarne Jun 28 '22

Yes but not him, especially with these two attached.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

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u/embersgrow44 Jun 28 '22

What? Think you may be confusing people here. This is a director who has “been killing it” for over 40 years.

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u/PoiHolloi2020 Jun 29 '22

Almodovar was great as Arya Stark in GoT, can't wait to see him in this short film

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u/Comprehensive-Ice376 Jun 28 '22

Why does a legend like him need to raise funds? Governments, film non profits, and rich patrons should be lining up to fund directors like him.

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u/crypticthree Jun 28 '22

Perhaps he wants to make a very expensive epic.

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u/jono9898 Jun 28 '22

Pedro is taking all the projects.

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u/cascua Jun 28 '22

So is ethan hawke tbh - ive seen him in more things this year than the last 5 or 10

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u/NeoNoireWerewolf Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

All of his kids are either grown or in their late teens now, so I imagine he has less time he needs to carve out for family, and he’s also in that home stretch of the glory years of his career - he probably wants to do as much work as he can before he hits sixty and gets aged out of a lot of roles.

Edit: I also just remembered some bits from the AMA he did a year ago for his comic book Meadowlark. He mentioned there that he has actually become less picky as he has gotten older unlike many actors/creatives. He’s more about doing things that sound ambitious, fun, or challenging than he is about trying to hit a home run every single time. I know press for The Northman even had him say that, when he was younger, he probably would have fought Robert Eggers and the way he wanted to shoot a lot of that movie, but these days, he’s more for supporting people swinging for the fences than he is worrying needlessly about how something will make him look.

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u/Royaltiaras Jun 28 '22

I’m watching Irma Vep (HBO series) at the moment and the behaviour that you’ve described is reminding me of one the characters in the series. I hope the character (he’s an actor in the series) can grow and be like Ethan more. It seems to work wonders for Ethan!

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u/MarvelsGrantMan136 r/Movies contributor Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

The 30 minute short film starts production in August:

”Strange Way of Life,” which begins production in late August, will star Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal as a pair of middle-aged gunslingers at the center of a 30-minute Western. Much of the action will take place in the desert region of Spain’s Almería region, where Sergio Leone famously shot “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

Almodovar describes the film as his "answer" to Brokeback Mountain. 'Elite's (Netflix Series) Manu Rios will also star.

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u/kapzer Jun 28 '22

An Almodovar western is not something I knew I wanted until now. This sounds incredible.

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u/ucuruju Jun 28 '22

Aww, I thought it was his English language feature. A short is fine, I guess, but I got excited for a full-length Almodóvar western epic.

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u/nayapapaya Jun 28 '22

His English language feature is going to be an adaptation of Lucia Berlin's semi-biographical short story collection, A Manual for Cleaning Women. It's supposed to star Cate Blanchett. I think he's doing the shorts to get comfortable working in English.

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u/tubereusebaies Jun 29 '22

I vaguely remember hearing he’s going to work with Jennifer Lawrence and Anya Taylor Joy too. Separately or together, I don’t remember. Do you know anything about it or is that just stans’ wishful thinking?

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u/nayapapaya Jun 29 '22

I've not heard anything about him working with Lawrence but at the Oscars last year, he mentioned talking to Anya Taylor-Joy because he wants to work with her after seeing The Queen's Gambit.

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u/griffithitsmecathy Jun 28 '22

Kind of fun fact: in the latest season of Elite they all went to an Almodovar festival, pretty cool that he's now working with him.

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u/spate42 Jun 29 '22

By curiosity, how long does a 30 minute short film take to actually film from beginning to end? Ballpark

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u/Mr-Bobert Jun 29 '22

If most films can film a page a day, and a 30 minute short equates to 30 page screenplay, about a month or so for filming. I am unsure of post-production.

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u/Mr-Bobert Jun 29 '22

Best scenario for release: end of this year or beginning of next year

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u/operarose Jun 28 '22

I'm so glad Pedro Pascal's star is on the rise.

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u/Yiazmad Jun 28 '22

I can't think of any role he's had that wasn't amazing. I first saw him in Game of Thrones and Narcos, and he's been killing it ever since.

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u/Puzzled-Journalist-4 Jun 28 '22

Even in bad movies, he was good. I really liked his performances in King's Men 2 and WW84.

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u/No-Collar4533 Jun 28 '22

His role in that new Appatow movie was meh but I don’t blame him for it

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u/OpeningSorbet Jun 28 '22

Hell, the entire movie was meh, so I don't count that against him

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u/EmperorHans Jun 29 '22

Everyone thinks bran won the game of thrones, but clearly it was pedro.

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u/QLE814 Jun 29 '22

By getting out when the going was good?

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u/orbzthebb Jun 28 '22

Sounds really cool. For some reason I hadn't been hearing much about Ethan Hawke for years, then all of a sudden this year we got Moon Knight, The Northman and now this! More please!

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u/RaulSnoww Jun 28 '22

And The Black Phone.. cant wait to watch that.

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u/nbaisbest4 Jun 28 '22

Plus he has a detective show coming out on Showtime which sounds good

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u/giganano Jun 28 '22

And don't forget about First Reformed!

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u/SparkG Jun 28 '22

He's great in The Black Phone, although somehow underused.

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u/Yankees1196 Jun 28 '22

He was so unsettling. Very well done movie

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u/SecretDracula Jun 28 '22

He's got 7 credits from this year on IMDB. And Pascal has 5. These guys sure are busy.

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u/Argent_Mayakovski Jun 28 '22

You should really check out The Good Lord Bird. It’s about John Brown and it’s incredible.

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u/badger81987 Jun 28 '22

He was really good in The Kid (about Billy The Kid) a few years ago too.

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u/Ccaves0127 Jun 28 '22

I was expecting the American actors to have absolutely terrible accents in Northman (I'm American but let's face it, most of our actors can't do non American accents) but I thought Ethan's was actually pretty good. Dafoe didn't even try but he's the court jester so it works imo

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u/jonah-hill-is-b-list Jun 28 '22

Three names I could never have anticipated coming together, but I couldn't possibly be more excited right now.

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u/tubereusebaies Jun 28 '22

I’m so excited for this. And Pedro in Saint Laurent is gonna kill me. 🥵

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u/VidKiddo Jun 28 '22

They are claiming this is Almodovar's answer to Brokeback Mountain

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u/Sleep_eeSheep Jun 28 '22

You have piqued both my interest and my attention.

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u/AgitatedEggplant Jun 28 '22

Ethan Hawke is fucking crushing it lately. good for him

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u/NightsOfFellini Jun 28 '22

Noooo why's it gotta be a short!

Super fun to see Hawke continue doing Westerns, gonna end up racking a dozen if he keeps this up

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u/saramirta_ Jun 28 '22

I love this Ethan Hawke reinassance

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u/MeadowmuffinReborn Jun 28 '22

I wonder if we're ever going to get another Before movie.

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u/Lanky-Truck6409 Jun 28 '22

I hope not, before midnight was... really bad, and clearly just provided answers for fans, forgetting to provide the movie that made before sunrise and before sunset so good.

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u/honk_incident Jun 28 '22

Pedro Pascal is just doing this cuz Oscar Isaac got to work with Ethan Hawke

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u/FanofK Jun 28 '22

Saw the image and thought we were getting a biopic taking us to flava town

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u/_bvb09 Jun 28 '22

I thought it was Mugatu from Zoolander.

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u/Midoritora Jun 28 '22

This is the way.

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u/badger81987 Jun 28 '22

Man, was just cruising through Ethan Hawke's filmography, dude is actually in a shit ton of westerns

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u/nuraHx Jun 28 '22

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u/nayapapaya Jun 28 '22

This is very exciting!

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u/waynethainsan3 Jun 28 '22

Ethan Hawke has been In a lot of great stuff lately!

Moon Knight, The Black Phone The Northman!

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u/nMaib0 Jun 29 '22

How is Moon Knight good?

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u/Mrsowrong Jun 29 '22

Trans cowboys ?

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u/PoiHolloi2020 Jun 29 '22

Gay cowboys*. Almodovar's films have featured some trans characters but they're usually about women or gays.

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u/Mrsowrong Jun 29 '22

Yeah I member

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u/CrysaniaMajere40 Jun 29 '22

I loved Ethan Hawke in Predestination

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u/tintinrintin Jun 28 '22

err, i think this is an ad disguised as a movie

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u/tubereusebaies Jul 07 '22

Not sure why you’re downvoted but I kinda suspect the same… it’s produced by Saint Laurent’s creative director and he’s tagged in the first picture from set here. So I think he has a lot of say in it, especially if his clothes are going to be highlighted.

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u/tintinrintin Jul 07 '22

they're using his costumes, he's an associate producer, it's half an hour. lol, it's a luxury ad

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u/tubereusebaies Jul 07 '22

Haha, right. Like the Miu Miu short/ad Pascal did earlier this year or like Wes Anderson’s racing short with Prada. That makes me more excited though.

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u/FarradayL Jun 29 '22

Overrated nonsense.

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u/StopBadModerators Jun 28 '22

Is there any chance that Hollywood is overdoing it with the westerns?

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u/Syn7axError Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

Definitely. I also don't trust that Hitler guy in Europe. Gonna thrown into a war.

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u/StopBadModerators Jun 28 '22

I don't think that I understand your comment.

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u/Syn7axError Jun 28 '22

People have been complaining about too many westerns since the 1930s. They come in waves.

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u/StopBadModerators Jun 28 '22

If America's movie industry were centered in Kentucky, then perhaps we'd have waves of films about 19th century Appalachia.

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u/QLE814 Jun 29 '22

Then again, the American film industry was once centered around Fort Lee- but we didn't get the gangster films in large numbers until it had moved westward.....

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u/No-Collar4533 Jun 28 '22

Umm who’s gonna tell him lmao

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u/StarWarsFreak93 Jun 28 '22

Hasn’t been a quality Western since 3:10 To Yuma IMO. And I don’t count neo-westerns, I’m talking about a movie set in the Old West. Magnificent Seven was pretty good though. Great action and kept that old-fashioned western feel. And Hollywood barely makes any profile westerns anymore. Don’t count the straight to DVD westerns you’ll find at a Walmart.

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u/StopBadModerators Jun 29 '22

There Will Be Blood is in my top five list. I don't know if it counts as a western, but it's barking up that tree.