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‘The Sessions’ Interview with Actor John Hawkes

24 October 2012 8:36 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

In The Sessions, John Hawkes plays true character Mark O’Brien, a man with polio who spends much of his life isolated from human touch in his iron lung. In hopes of feeling something remarkable, he hires a sex surrogate (played by Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity. William H. Macy plays Father Brendan, a spiritual consultant for Mark during this life-changing event.

For the role, Hawkes spent the entire time laid on his back, barely moving his head. Hawkes’ work in the film was informed by the Oscar-winning documentary about the man he plays entitled Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien.

While this performance has Hawkes buzzed for an Academy Award nomination, it wouldn’t be his first time in the Oscar rodeo. In 2010, Hawkes was nominated for his supporting role in Winter’s Bone, playing opposite Jennifer Lawrence. In recent years, »

- Nick Allen

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