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[on working with Daniel Day-Lewis
] I spent 10 hours with Abraham Lincoln, which was thrilling in and of itself. But it never felt weird to me. I don't have a problem with an actor's preparation or process. Anyone who's put off by his intensity is probably afraid of their own shortcomings. He's the character when you meet him and work with him, but it's not weird to me, or silly, or obsessive in ...
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.'".