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The Phenom Exclusive Clip Shows Ethan Hawke Encouraging Johnny Simmons to Use His Intimidation Stare

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The Phenom Exclusive Clip Shows Ethan Hawke Encouraging Johnny Simmons to Use His Intimidation Stare

While many parents regularly strive to provide the best possible life for their children, so that they can achieve their goals, some parents instead coerce their kids into fulfilling their personal aspirations. Hopper Sr., the at-times daunting father who’s portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the sports drama, ‘The Phenom,’ is one such parent who isn’t afraid to emotionally and psychologically push his son into capturing his dream. That determined ambition is showcased in Shockya’s exclusive clip premiere for the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release this Tuesday, August 30.

RLJ Entertainment will unveil ‘The Phenom’ on Blu-ray and DVD after the distributor released the drama in theaters and on VOD and Digital on June 24. The movie had it World Premiere in April during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The baseball drama, which was written and directed by Noah Buschel, also stars Johnny Simmons and Paul Giamatti. ‘The Phenom’ was produced by Antonia Bogdanovich, Jeff Elliott, Kim Jose and Jeff Rice.

RLJ Entertainment has released the following synopsis for ‘The Phenom’:

Ever since Hopper (Simmons) was a child, he has dreamed of becoming a major-league pitcher. Relentlessly pushed by his abusive father (Hawke), he’s on the verge of becoming one of the game’s most promising players when he unexpectedly breaks down on the mound. Now Hopper’s only hope lies with an unorthodox sports therapist (Giamatti) who urges him to let go of the past so he can find success on the field.

Watch ‘Intimidation Stare,’ Shockya’s exclusive clip premiere for ‘The Phenom’s Blu-ray and DVD release, below.

The Phenom Exclusive Clip Shows Ethan Hawke Encouraging Johnny Simmons to Use His Intimidation Stare

(L-R): Johnny Simmons as Hopper Gibson and Ethan Hawke as Hopper Sr. in the drama ‘The Phenom,’ an RLJ Entertainment release.
Photo Credit: Tina Rowden.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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