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In reality Hawkins was politically liberal, and an emotional man, in sharp contrast to his conservative screen image. One of his favourite films, the heist film ''[[The League of Gentlemen (film)|The League of Gentlemen]]'' (1960), was considered quite groundbreaking for its time in its references to sex. The film was popular at the British box office, and gave Hawkins his final lead role.
However, though initially sought for the role of a gay barrister in ''[[Victim (1961 film)|Victim]]'', he turned it down fearing that it might conflict with his masculine image. The role was eventually played by [[Dirk Bogarde]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b6b9d4cce|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120712002428/http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b6b9d4cce|url-status=dead|archive-date=2012-07-12|title=Victim|work=BFI}}</ref> There was some talk he would play [[Captain Bligh]] in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' but [[Trevor Howard]] ended up playing the role.
===Decline as star===
''[[The Last Lion]]'' (1972), shot in South Africa, offered him a rare lead. It was followed by ''[[Young Winston]]'' (1972), ''[[Escape to the Sun]]'' (1972), ''[[Theatre of Blood]]'' (1973) and ''[[Tales That Witness Madness]]'' (1973).
Hawkins also produced the film adaptation of [[Peter Barnes (playwright)|Peter Barnes]]'s ''[[The Ruling Class (film)|The Ruling Class]]'' (1972), with [[Peter O'Toole]] and [[Alastair Sim]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b6b4c0408|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120712171008/http://explore.bfi.org.uk/4ce2b6b4c0408|url-status=dead|archive-date=2012-07-12|title=The Ruling Class|work=BFI}}</ref>
==Personal life==