“Moon Knight” actor Ethan Hawke said his upcoming role as villain Arthur Harrow is unique because there are few villains in Hollywood like him.

Driving the news: “The histories of movies are paved with storytellers using mental illness as a building block for the villain,” said Hawke during a press conference for “Moon Knight,” which the Deseret News attended.

  • In Hollywood, there are often “countless stories of mentally ill villains, and we have a mentally ill hero,” he said, referring to the “Moon Knight” hero, Steven Grant (who has a second personality in Marc Spector).
  • “That’s fascinating: We’ve now inverted the whole process, and now as the antagonist, I can’t be crazy because the hero is crazy,” he said, “so, I have to find a sane lunatic or a sane malevolent source, and that was an interesting riddle for me.”

The backdrop: In the Marvel comics, the character Spector has dissociative identity disorder, which is why he has a number of other identities, including a millionaire named Steve Grant and a cab driver known as Jake Lockley.

  • Disney+ previously said that Grant “discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector.”
  • As the two worlds merge together, the pair “must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt,” Disney+ said, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

“Moon Knight” premieres on Disney+ on March 30.