Today’s Guest: John Hawkes, actor, “Deadwood,” “Eastbound & Down,” Martha Marcy May Marlene, Winter’s Bone, musician, King Straggler
(Editor’s Note: John Hawkes was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Winter’s Bone.)
John Hawkes is best known for his role as Sol Star, the co-owner of the hardware store and best friend of the sheriff on the beloved, c-cksucker HBO series “Deadwood.” Hey—I don’t write these intros, folks, they just sort of write themselves.
JOHN HAWKES podcast excerpt: “As a poker player I would say you’ve got pretty bad odds on (a ‘Deadwood’ movie)… I know that David Milch, the show’s creator, had wanted to set the films in the future aways. So who knows? Maybe in 7, 8 years they’ll round us up again and we’ll do something. I always thought it would make a great feature film.”
But like most everybody who had a star turn on that amazing but short-lived drama, Hawkes has been busy ever since, including roles in the movies American Gangster and Miami Vice. He’s currently starring on a new HBO comedy series, “Eastbound and Down.”
Hawkes also keeps busy writing and performing music with his band, King Straggler, which has played at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. I’ll spin one of the band’s tracks, “Good Man,” a little later in the show.
(UPDATE February 2010: King Straggler’s song “Good Man” was used over the end titles in an episode of TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age.” Also, John Hawkes joined the cast of ABC’s “Lost” in the role of “Lennon” for the show’s final season.)