TIFF UN/CUT: How Ethan Hawke does it all
You can’t have a TIFF without an Ethan Hawke film — nor would you want to
Best known in cinephile circles for his collaborations with director Richard Linklater in the Before trilogy and Boyhood, Ethan Hawke is also no stranger to the Toronto International Film Festival as a writer, director, and actor. His latest directorial effort, Seymour: An Introduction, played at TIFF ’15, while he also personified the late jazz trumpeter Chet Baker that year in Born to Be Blue. In 2016, he returned to the Festival for dual appearances in The Magnificent Seven and Maudie. This year at TIFF, the Hawke appears in Paul Schrader’s terse religious drama First Reformed, playing an ex–military chaplain grieving the death of his son. TIFF UN/CUT has unearthed a career-spanning conversation from 2014 in which the sensitive and soul-searching multi-hyphenate was joined by Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Listen as Ethan Hawke tells you the story of his life as an actor, director, screenwriter, novelist, and — first and foremost — film lover.
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