Ethan Hawke remembers losing the lead role in Moulin Rouge! to Ewan McGregor. Released in 2001, the romantic musical follows a young English poet, played by McGregor, who falls in love with the titular cabaret star, played by Nicole Kidman. Moulin Rouge! was directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann, the same filmmaker behind 1996 romeo + juliet, 2013 The Great Gatsbyand this year Elvis movie.
Hawke and McGregor have now joined forces for the Apple movie Raymundo and Ray. Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the film follows McGregor and Hawke as two estranged half-brothers who are reunited at the funeral of their father, with whom they both had a rocky relationship. other what the Star Wars Y moon knight actors, the cast also includes Maribel Verdú, Sophie Okonedo, Maxim Swinton, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Chris Silcox and Chris Grabher. Raymundo and Ray It just made its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its October 21 release on Apple TV+.
During an exclusive interview with rant on screen promoting Raymundo and RayHawke recalls the time his now co-star beat him out for the lead in Moulin Rouge! Although Hawke attests to giving”one of the best screen tests [his] life“wasn’t enough to beat out McGregor for the part. Read what he had to say below:
Ewan doesn’t like this because he’s embarrassed, but I gave one of the best screen tests of my life for Moulin Rouge. I didn’t get the part. I crushed this audition. And it just goes to show how much I like Ewan’s work. I still went to see the movie on opening day and loved it. So, I got over it.
But I will say that one day that audition will be seen and people will reconsider. [Laughs]
Although Hawke lost the lead role in Moulin Rouge! for McGregor, his career was not affected in the long term as a result. The same year the musical premiered, Hawke starred in Training Day opposite Denzel Washington and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. This is one of Hawke’s two Oscar nominations for acting, the second in 2014 for Richard Linklater. Childhood. Their Moulin Rouge! The performance would likely have been very different from McGregor’s, and the idea of him starring in the film makes one wonder how Luhrmann’s musical would have been different with him on board. Hawke could have channeled the same earnestness as McGregor, or maybe he would have found different nuances for the lovesick Christian.
Everything went well for Moulin Rouge! and McGregor at the end too. In addition to being a commercial success, Luhrmann’s lavish musical won multiple Oscars and was praised by critics, with much of the praise going to Kidman and McGregor’s performances. Hawke’s audition might have been great, but McGregor was ultimately a better fit. Nowadays, there’s nothing more than a friendly rivalry between Hawke and McGregor, but hopefully, one day, that Moulin Rouge! An audition tape will be released so the public can decide who would have been better in the lead role.