Ethan Hawke Talks Explorers

Part of the excellent DP/30 series of interviews on YouTube, Ethan discusses his career – beginning with the highs and lows of his experience auditioning for Explorers, making the movie, and living with its subsequent failure.

Well worth a look, even if you’re not an Ethan Hawke maniac like Mitch.

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Episode 40: Explorers (1985)

Marking the feature film debuts of both Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, 1985’s Explorers failed spectacularly during initial release. Marred by studio interference it remains one of Joe Dante’s lesser films, though it is considered by some as a minor cult classic!

Cross brings it to the table to find out whether it deserves a place in our collective ’80s hearts.

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Episode 37: Three Fugitives (1989)

Francis Veber was invited to remake his own French movie Les Fugitifs for Hollywood. This resulted in Martin Short taking on the roles as would be bank robber meeting seasoned con Nick Nolte. Which in turn resulted in Gordy bringing this childhood favourite to the table.

Cross was already an established fan, but would it pass the Mitch Laugh Count Test? Perhaps more crucially, does it feature the mute child trope that Gordy (allegedly) loves so dearly?

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Episode 23: Midnight Run (1988)

Widely regarded as the pinnacle of mainstream ’80s Hollywood movie-making, striking a perfect balance between commercial considerations and the exploration of the human condition through art. Well, by Cross & Mitch anyway. Gordy’s watching it for the first time – will he agree?

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