Somerville residents behind quirky Ethan Hawke podcast get a hat tip from … Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke arrives at the Governors Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 18, 2018.
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The Somerville creators of “Hawke Cast,’’ a quirky podcast dedicated to watching and discussing every Ethan Hawke film ever, received word Friday that Hawke . . . is aware of their show.

Vulture associate editor — and former co-op! — Hunter Harris asked Hawke if he’d heard of the show, to which he initially replied, “God, no. Really?’’

After getting a bit more context from Harris, the “First Reformed’’ star said he “already love[s] these guys and think[s] they’re brilliant.’’

Those guys, Somerville residents Kyle Amato and Corey Purcell, have finally achieved their podcasting dreams.

“It’s kind of been our running joke for the longest time — like the ultimate goal of the podcast was to, well, at least let him know we exist,’’ Purcell said.


“I’m just relieved that he doesn’t think I’m crazy,’’ Amato said. “It was always going to happen at some point … It’s not like he’s George Clooney or something. He’s not all the way at the top. Like, my friends have seen him in Brooklyn.’’

Amato has been hosting the podcast alongside Purcell since 2017.

After launching “Yung Popecast,’’ during which he reviewed each episode of HBO’s “The Young Pope,’’ Amato was looking for another project. He was initially planning on creating a Jude Law podcast, but after a viewing of the 1997 film “Gattaca,’’ he decided Hawke was “much more interesting.’’ So far, they’ve done 44 episodes, and they still have “about 20 movies left’’ plus whatever Hawke releases in 2019, Amato said.

He admits he isn’t sure how many regular listeners the podcast has — aside from friends and the hosts’ mothers. But he said “a lot of it is just an excuse to talk to our friends about a movie.’’

The pair also received a shoutout from comedian Rob Delaney, who tweeted on Friday, “Haha there’s an Ethan Hawke podcast which is warranted because he is in fact the best.’’

Amato has attempted, with no success thus far, to reach Hawke’s representatives in hopes of bringing him onto the show.


“Hopefully him now knowing who we are could be something that opens that door for us,’’ Purcell said. “We’d love to just have a chat with him.’’