Ethan Hawke wants to be immortal.
The 51-year-old actor, who got his big break in 1989’s ‘Dead Poets Society’, hopes to live forever because he never wants to ‘leave this life’, admitting his main ‘goal’ is ‘immortality’.
Asked if he has ever thought about how he wants to leave this life, he said, “First of all, I don’t want to leave this life. I plan on immortality… that’s my goal.”
“Real permanent life. My favorite Willie Nelson quote is: ‘I don’t go to funerals and I definitely won’t go to mine.’ “
The ‘Moon Knight’ actor admitted that if he ever meets his creator, he hopes the Toronto International Film Festival will honor his work for 10 years.
He joked, “After I’m gone, the Toronto International Film Festival should be, I think, for about 10 years, dedicated to my work.”
But Ethan – who has children Maya, 24, and Levon, 20, with ex-wife Uma Thurman, and Clementine, 14, and Indiana, 11, with husband Ryan Hawke – insisted the most important thing in life is about forging good relationships with those who are closest to you, because they are the ones who “really matter”.
When suggested that it’s a kind of immortality to be in a movie forever and asked what his children think, he adds to Radio Times magazine: “All jokes aside… we’re all building sandcastles, and some of the sandcastles of sand are knocked down before others.
“I made this documentary, ‘The Last Movie Stars,’ about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. And my biggest lesson was that the biggest impact you have on people is the people who love you.
“Those are the relationships that really matter.”
Last year, Ethan admitted that he was “trying to stay alive” in the film industry.
He said: “I’ve always put one foot in front of the other, trying to keep moving. Sometimes I feel like a cat, you know, trying to stay alive.”