With Wednesday hosting the wild rumor that Ethan Hawke was set to play Doctor Strange for Marvel, it seems like it may not seem so crazy to the actor, who responded with some affirmation for the filmmaker behind it.
Speaking with MTV on Wednesday, Hawke talked about what he would do if he were given the opportunity to take on the role of Steven Strange and what it is like working with director Scott Derrickson, who worked with the actor on Sinister.
"(When told he was mentioned as a possibility) Have they mentioned it to him? The thing about Scott (Derrickson) is that he is a filmmaker," Hawke said.
"I mean, he's the real deal, and the reason why is that there was a lot of money being made off of horror films and it was clear to me when I met him that he knows about film and cares about it. He knows how to make a horror movie like Hitchcock knows how to make one and I really mean that."
Hawke added that Derrickson's on-set presence was incredible to work with, especially for someone who has been acting for a long time.
"I have been acting since I was 13 and when I was on the set with him, I felt like I didn't know anything," he added. "He knows so much about the math of that genre."
So far, it has been debunked by Variety's Marc Graser that Hawke and Marvel had agreed on a six-picture deal to have him in the role, so it seems like the rumor mill will still run with Joaquin Phoenix leading the pack.