A Sit Down With Stephen Christanthus: Hansel Or Hartwell?


By: Stephan Chrisanthus Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

I recently sat down to chat with Owen Wilson only to realize it was local author, promoter and life coach Daniel Hartwell. Hansel (Wilson’s character in the movie Zoolander), I mean Hartwell, maybe not be a famous face yet nationally, but is definitely recognized around his favorite city of Delray Beach.

So Daniel you recently appeared on Page 6 of the New York Post at a ritzy party in Palm Beach mistaken for Owen Wilson, tell me a little more about what happened?

I manage Mike Mooney, the mentalist who was performing there, and we were both invited. For many years people have thought I’m Owen Wilson and have asked me for pictures. President George W. Bush’s sister-in-law took a picture, put in on Instagram and it went viral.

When you are not accidently being mistaken for a movie star what are you up to?

I’m a producer, promoter, life coach and now most recently the author of the controversial book St. John Lennon. In the book, Lennon finds himself time traveling, and ends up in today’s world having all kinds of things happen, including a Beatles Reunion and a meeting with President Trump.

What inspired you to write a book on John Lennon?

I have always been a fan of music, and of love through peace and music. I fell asleep one day on the beach here and had a dream in which John Lennon asked me about politics, technology and culture in the 21st Century. It was surreal.

Any upcoming local concert production or promotion plans?

I’m looking to do something cool in Delray Beach, possibly a Beatlesfest at Old School Square. I’d also like to do a citywide promotion where people get one pass and they can go to every music venue on Atlantic Avenue and beyond. Last year I licensed my trademark to REO Speedwagon and Styx for the United We Rock concert tour.

Besides holding meetings, eating and working out at Pure Greens and Pure Life, where is another Delray spot you like to hang?

My special restaurants are Sazio, 32 East (which I’m sad to say is leaving) and Eathai by the corner of Linton and Federal.

What do you think makes Delray Beach so special?

It has a certain magic to it.  The people are driven to success but super nice. It’s all about the people and I have made some really good friends here.

If you ever did meet the real Owen Wilson what would you say?

WOW, let’s crash a wedding!