In addition to his film work, Hawke has appeared in many theater productions.He made his Broadway debut in 1992 in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2007 for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia. You might think so if you've been following the saga of Jesse and Celine across the breadth of Richard Linklater's indie film trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and now Before Midnight.The premise: Two strangers who meet on a train feel an inescapable pull that now spans decades and continents. Jesse and Celine themselves (sorry, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) reminded us last night, at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Before Midnight, that it's just a movie — and movies set us up for unrealistic expectations.If you find somebody who feels like a soul mate, you're the exception.We create this idea [in the movies], but it's like being born Michael Jordan. But that doesn't mean my life is less because I'm not Michael Jordan." That's not to say that Hawke and Delpy, who also co-wrote the movie with director Linklater, don't believe in love.In 1995, Hawke starred in Richard Linklater's romantic drama film Before Sunrise, and later in its sequels Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013), all of which met with critical acclaim.
This has been one of the most rewarding collaborations of my life.I don't think there's one interesting thing that has ever happened to me that I have not shared with her, in the process of writing three movies together. Together they stand as kind of a document of these moments, of what was happening to both of us, and what was happening to [director and cowriter Richard Linklater] as well.When the three of us are in the room, my memories of the first two movies become so strong and powerful that we fall into the dynamic we've always been in. That summer in Vienna, shooting Before Sunrise, Julie and I were young and tempestuous and having a lot of drama in our lives.Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy featuring two characters, following Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).It was directed by Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.