Hollywood icon looks unrecognisable in rare throwback snaps

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Ethan Hawke was just a teen in the snaps (Image: Instagram)
Ethan Hawke was just a teen in the snaps (Image: Instagram)

Hollywood icon Ethan Hawke looked unrecognisable as he shared an epic throwback snap while highlighting his support of the SAG-AFTRA strike.

Taking to his Instagram account on Wednesday, the 52-year-old American actor was seen as a fresh-faced teenager as he posed for the camera while standing in front of the Screen Actors Guild building, which later merged with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to become SAG-AFTRA.

The fresh-faced rising actor was seen in a smart ensemble, consisting of a button-up shirt and beige trousers, as he held a few books in one hand while his other was casually in his hand. Ethan revealed the significance of the photo, explaining that it was in celebration of him receiving his first-ever SAG card.

"Age 14. In a fresh outfit my mom bought me for the honor of going to receive my SAG card. They've had my back ever since. #SAGAftraStrong #WGAStrong," he wrote in the caption.

Hollywood icon looks unrecognisable in rare throwback snaps eideziqkeiqhhinvEthan Hawke shared an epic throwback snap in support of the SAG-AFTRA strike (Instagram)
Hollywood icon looks unrecognisable in rare throwback snapsThe icon explained the photo was taken by his mum in celebration of him receiving his SAG card (Getty Images)

Five years later, Ethan made his acting breakthrough with the 1989 film Dead Poets Society, which propelled him to superstardom.

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Ethan's support of the strike is especially significant as actors are not allowed to promote their projects, and it could heavily impact the actor's upcoming directorial feature Wildcat, which stars his daughter Maya Hawke.

The biographical drama film centred on American novelist Flannery O'Connor is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. For the first time in 60 years, both the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA are striking together.

Last month SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and the National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland announced the board voted unanimously to strike.

Hollywood icon looks unrecognisable in rare throwback snapsThe strike could affect his upcoming directorial feature Wildcat, which stars his daughter Maya Hawke (Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Notable members of the national board include Drescher, who rose to prominence on the show The Nanny, Sean Astin, Jennifer Beals, Yvette Nicole Brown, Brad Garrett, Elliott Gould, Dule Hill, Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Rapaport, and Sharon Stone.

"The gig is up," Drescher addressed the AMPTP, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, after being unable to reach a deal with them.

"They plead poverty, that they're losing money left and right when giving hundreds of millions of dollars to their CEOs. It is disgusting — shame on them," she added. The strike comes after almost a month of deliberations between the union and producers.

Back in May, the Writers Guild of America was also unable to reach a deal, leading to their strike. Since then, no scripted shows have been worked on, and late-night television has ceased filming.

The strike has caused many huge movie productions - even Wicked and Deadpool 3 - to shut down. And the cast of Oppenheimer even walked out of their own premiere last month in solidarity with the actors' strikes.

Jabeen Waheed

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