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How Ethan Hawke's Casting Changed The Black Phone's Grabber Villain



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How Ethan Hawke's Casting Changed The Black Phone's Grabber Villain
 

 
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"The Black Phone screenwriter C. Robert Cargill talks about how casting Ethan Hawke in the film affected the adaptation of the story. Cargill and the film's director Scott Derrickson have previously made Sinister and Doctor Strange together, collaborating on the scripts with Derrickson directing. Some of Cargill's other writing credits include No Man of God and an upcoming adaptation of the Dues Ex video game.

The Black Phone follows Finney (Mason Thames,) a young boy abducted by The Grabber (Hawke,) where he must outwit his captor with the help of a mysterious black phone in the room he's kept in. Based on the short story of the same name by Joe Hill, the big-screen adaptation sees The Grabber reinterpreted as having a slim build and constantly wearing a mask, whereas his print counterpart was obese and didn't wear a mask. Cargill has previously discussed the mask's significance in The Black Phone, saying each mask represents a part of the character's personality.

In an interview with THR, Cargill talks about how Hawke's casting affected the depiction of The Grabber. He talks about how the character was meant to be masked for the entire movie, giving him a sense of mystique throughout the runtime, which was changed with Hawke's casting. Cargill says they had to include Hawke's face at some point given how much name recognition he has, and how it would have been a waste not to see it. Read Cargill's quote below:

We wanted to keep the monster mythic, and that meant keeping him out of sight in a lot of ways. In fact, when we shot the [abduction] scene with him as a magician, I was actually surprised that we saw so much of his face. Scott and I had originally talked about not seeing it at all and just shooting around it. But at that point, we weren’t writing for an actor such as Ethan. And then Scott was like, “Well, we’ve got Ethan Hawke. We can’t not show Ethan Hawke at least once. So we’ve got to get a clear look at him."


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When adapting a short story to a full-length film, characters and plot events have to be expanded on to meet the constraints of the medium. Giving The Grabber an air of an old-time magician allows The Black Phone to escape the clown persona he had in the short story allows him more of a mystery to explore throughout the runtime. With Hawke's casting, it was important to see the monster's face in the end, to add weight to the events.

The Black Phone may not be as horrifying as Sinister, but with attention to detail and a strong performance from Hawke, it delivers enough for discerning horror fans and those who enjoyed Hill's story. With Cargill and Derrickson returning to their horror roots with more visibility, it'll be interesting to see what the duo does next in the genre. With The Black Phone, Hawke delivers a stellar performance, and his character could've only grown as it did due to Cargill and Derrickson's willingness to change it with his casting."

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 1 month ago '18        #2
mushrooms 
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No clue why I read this

But pretty lame

Stick to your guns fu*k changing your story

 1 month ago '10        #3
ARosary 
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Saw it last weekend, wasn't as good as expected but was decent. A slight twist at end but not really
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 1 month ago '17        #4
434ta3  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Why y'all still talkin bout this WEAK a*s MOVIE


Don't spend your money on that sh*t

If you wanna see some scary sh*t wait for SMILE and NOPE and possibly BARBARIAN
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 1 month ago '04        #5
jaynat603  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 434ta3 said
Why y'all still talkin bout this WEAK a*s MOVIE


Don't spend your money on that sh*t

If you wanna see some scary sh*t wait for SMILE and NOPE and possibly BARBARIAN
Which one, Barbarian with the air B&B slave trap or Barbarians that kind of resembles The Strangers? Both films coming out @ the same time




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 1 month ago '07        #6
Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x138
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 434ta3 said
Why y'all still talkin bout this WEAK a*s MOVIE


Don't spend your money on that sh*t

If you wanna see some scary sh*t wait for SMILE and NOPE and possibly BARBARIAN
Imagine looking forward to a jordan peele movie
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 1 month ago '13        #7
SimpinAintEz 
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 ARosary said
Saw it last weekend, wasn't as good as expected but was decent. A slight twist at end but not really
Saw it today. Man reviewer GASSED tf out of this film. I’ve already forgotten it. It’s a solid 6.5 to 7 out of 10, but definitely nothing special or game changing.
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 1 month ago '05        #8
klew  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Thought it was pretty good
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 1 month ago '08        #9
YOURKINGB4EVER 
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 klew said
Thought it was pretty good
Same here
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 1 month ago '17        #10
434ta3  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 jaynat603 said
Which one, Barbarian with the air B&B slave trap or Barbarians that kind of resembles The Strangers? Both films coming out @ the same time





Yea the 1st one Barbarian without the (s) but the other one looks decent

 1 month ago '17        #11
434ta3  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Bkjj11 said
Imagine looking forward to a jordan peele movie
Any Jordan Peele movie is better than that bullsh*t Ethan Hawke movie

 1 month ago '05        #12
bi0  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Movie was mid
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 1 month ago '18        #13
mushrooms 
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 434ta3 said
Any Jordan Peele movie is better than that bullsh*t Ethan Hawke movie
Training day better than everything
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 1 month ago '21        #14
I am awake 
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 434ta3 said
Why y'all still talkin bout this WEAK a*s MOVIE


Don't spend your money on that sh*t

If you wanna see some scary sh*t wait for SMILE and NOPE and possibly BARBARIAN
 434ta3 said
Any Jordan Peele movie is better than that bullsh*t Ethan Hawke movie
why are you so mad?

 1 month ago '17        #15
DavidTheMan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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They needed a better director that could have made this movie a classic.
A few writing tweaks and better direction is what just left this an okay movie.
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 1 month ago '16        #16
SeanFiero 
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even this article trash, 2 talking points repeated over 6 paragraphs lmao


movie was mid though honestly
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 1 month ago '17        #17
434ta3  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 mushrooms said
Training day better than everything
I'm comparing horror movies..you tried it

That's a classic of course

 1 month ago '06        #18
Storchaveli  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Movie underwhelmed tbh. I thought it was going to be way better.
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 1 month ago '07        #19
Mr.Green E.U.I. 
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bi*ch kno I luv horror movies so she asked me to go see this wit her

She showed me the preview I told her save her money sh*t look lame af lol



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