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Veteran character actor John Hawkes has appeared on TV in Deadwood and such films as Winter's Bone and The Sessions.
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The following year, Hawkes took on a very different yet equally disturbing role in Martha Marcy May Marlene. He played Patrick, the leader of a cultish community who lures the title character, Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), into his flock. The film cuts back and forth between Martha's time with Patrick's group, and her life after escaping his clutches.
Hawkes went on to tackle a physically challenging role in The Sessions (2012), which is based on a real-life story. In the film,
he plays a writer living in an iron lung, who seeks to lose his virginity with the help of a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). The drama was a hit at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, spurring speculation about a possible Academy Award nomination for Hawkes. Hawkes went on to work on a number projects, including the biopic Low Down, based on the life and career of famed American modern jazz pianist Joe Albany. Hawkes will play Albany in the film, which is slated to be released in 2013.
Off the set, Hawkes is an accomplished singer and musician. He has recorded and performed with the group King Straggler, along with band members Rodney Eastman and Brentley Gore.
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