Ethan Hawke on ‘Born to be Blue’ and the Popularity of the ‘Before Sunrise’ Trilogy

     March 25, 2016

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Now playing in limited release and coming to VOD on March 31st is writer-director Robert Budreau’s Born to be Blue. The film stars Ethan Hawke as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is the subject of Budreau’s second feature. Featuring a great performance by Ethan Hawke, the film blends fact with fiction and focuses on Baker’s life during a hard-fought comeback in the 1960s where his career and personal life was in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. The film also stars Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie. For more on Born to Be Blue, watch the trailer.

During my wide ranging interview with Ethan Hawke we talked about memorable moments from filming Born to Be Blue, the popularity of the Before Sunrise trilogy, his relationship with Richard Linklater, what he collects, trying to follow up the success of Dead Poets Society, the romantic comedy Maggie’s PlanThe Magnificent Seven remake (which he says is really a remake of The Wild Bunch disguised as The Magnificent Seven), and a lot more.


Ethan Hawke:

  • :17 – The popularity of the Before Sunrise trilogy.
  • 1:08 – His relationship with Richard Linklater and potential upcoming projects.
  • 2:47 – Memorable moments from filming Born to Be Blue. Talks about singing “My Funny Valentine.”
  • 4:10 – What does he collect? Talks about movie posters and alternate art for his own films.
  • 5:25 – What’s kept his career going all these years?
  • 6:50 – What’s his process as an actor? Talks about anxiety.
  • 8:00 – Talks about trying to follow up the success of Dead Poets Society.
  • 8:28 – Talks about the romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan.
  • 9:05 – The Magnificent Seven remake, which he says is really a remake of The Wild Bunch disguised as The Magnificent Seven.
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Image via TIFF


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