• James Hewlett

McConaughey Vs Hawke

The following came about after Ed and I were trading Godzilla Vs Kong memes this morning. I cannot for the life of me think what led my brain from that to Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke but, it did.

This is one of the most random and oddly specific pieces I’ve ever written. It wasn’t anything I was thinking about until I started writing it but well, here it is.

To me it feels like something that would get made into a ten minute YouTube documentary that would have high production values and research and get a grand total of four views. Without further adieu, for some reason I give you...

McConaughey Vs Hawke: An Austin Texas Story

Matthew McConaughey represents the city as it is now and has evolved. He started small, scrappy, weird and funny. He had a punk rock party vibe and didn’t really care about anything. Then some people started showing interest and he cleaned up, did some stuff that was a bit tack but was always charming as hell despite everything around him.

He then had a come up, an evolution to the next level. He started being seen with prestige and started winning a lot of shit. He’s still seen as a bit of an outsider, but everyone wants a piece. He’s now not afraid to look flashier and fancier and have all the nice things, but seems true to his roots as well.

You’re never mad when he’s the lead as you know it’s good, but you have some nostalgia for the old days too. When he was still not as well known.

Ethan Hawke is Austin the immortal. The Austin that will never change. He got famous young and it seemed like he was going to be the next big thing, he was primed for stardom and could seemingly do it all, the angry angst, the heartthrob, the misanthrope, he just needed that one big break.

And he got it! He got to lead an action thriller to much acclaim. But instead of riding that he decided, naaah, I’m just going to do my own thing. He stayed true to who he was and marched to the beat of his own drum. He’ll pop up now and then in big things and is always a delight, but he’s more likely to make a low budget indie simply because it interests him more.

Everyone knows his name, has heard of him and knows something about him, but he’s still got an air of mystery about him, privacy, and that makes him even more appealing.

Both are so similar to their chosen home and are cinematic representations of it. They’re very different and have walked very different paths, but you can’t deny a similar DNA is there with both of them. There’s something special in the water of ladybird lake, or maybe it’s something in the brisket.


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