Taylor Swift’s “Fortnight” Costars Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles Addressed The Filming Process of the Music Video


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Taylor Swift made the two ’80s movie poets to help sound her recent music video “Fortnight”. The single is a part of the Grammy Winners’ eleventh studio album  The Tortured Poets Department, starring Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. The duo who played prep boarding school students Todd and Knox alongside Robin Williams in the coming-of-age film, featured in the video as scientists conducting neurological experiments on Swift while she is strapped to a gurney in a facility. 

Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles Shared Their Experience in Working with Taylor Swift 

The “Before Sunrise” star, after the release of the song on April 19, Hawke shared a photo of himself, Charles, Swift and “Fortnight” costar Post Malone on the set. The 53-year-old penned,”‘Todd” & ‘Knox’ from DEAD POETS SOCIETY are now PhDs in THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT. It’s quite an honor. Thank you @taylorswift for the opportunity to be in the music video for your song FORTNIGHT feat. @postmalone.”

Moreover, he quoted one of the most famous lines from Dead Poets Society: “Carpe diem!”

Gwyneth Paltrow commented on the post quoting the English translation of the Latin expression, which Williams utters to his students in the movie, “Seize the day, boys!”

As for Charles, who collaborated with Hawke several times since filming Dead Poets Society, also shared a personal note about sharing their experience on working with the singer.

The 52-year-old actor shared on Instagram April 19 along with a “Fortnight” scene featuring the actors and Swift. The Good Wife alum noted, “I’ve admired Taylor for a long time, but meeting her in person took my fandom to a whole new level.Genuine, kind, approachable, and just an all-around stellar human being – Not to mention a kick a– director to boot! #TSTTPD”

Meanwhile, the creator herself, Swift explained the meaning behind the clip in her X, formerly Twitter, noting, “When I was writing the Fortnight music video, I wanted to show you the worlds I saw in my head that served as the backdrop for making this music. Pretty much everything in it is a metaphor or a reference to one corner of the album or another. For me, this video turned out to be the perfect visual representation of this record and the stories I tell in it.”

The 34-year-old added, “Post Malone blew me away on set as our tortured tragic hero and I’m so grateful to him for everything he put into this collaboration. I’m still laughing from getting to work with the coolest guys on earth, Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles (tortured poets, meet your colleagues from down the hall, the dead poets).”

Also Read: Taylor Swift’s Tortured Poets Department is Finally Out: Here Some Major Things We Learnt From The Album

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