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[on The Sessions
(2012), playing Mark O'Brien
, a real-life man who has been partially paralyzed from polio since childhood] Ben Lewin
had written a great script and I thought the character needed to fight self-pity at every turn. It's really boring to watch a character wallow, even if they have every reason to. It's much more interesting to watch them try to solve their problems, especially if ...
When Hawkes was cast as Sol Star, a Jewish merchant, in Deadwood
(2004) he told the show's creator, David Milch
, that there was one catch, however: "I'm not Jewish," Hawkes frankly told Milch upon their first meeting. "David asked me, 'Have you ever felt shame or sadness or ostracized?' I said, 'Every day.' And David said, 'Then you're Jewish.'".