Actor John Hawks will be gave a Q&A at the Avon Theatre after a screening of his award winning movie, The Sessions. Hawkes’ role in the film, directed by Ben Lewin, earned him an Independent Spirits Award for best male lead, and nominations for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award. Guests arrived at the AvonTheatre eager to see the much talked about movie and participate in a discussion with Hawkes after the screening.
In The Sessions, Hawkes portrays Mark O'Brien, a real life poet and journalist who was paralyzed and confined to an iron lung after contracting polio as a young boy. At age 38, O'brien hires a sex therapist, played by actress Helen Hunt, to help him lose his virginity. Hawkes says it was difficult for him physically to play a character with polio. He says many people have told him they can relate to Mark O'Brien more than they can relate to upright characters in films.
Hawkes has been filming in Stamford and Greenwich for an upcoming film co-starring Jennifer Aniston and says he is enjoying his time in Connecticut.