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Ethan Hawke Talks Linklater's "Boyhood"

By Garth Franklin Thursday August 29th 2013 08:12AM
Ethan Hawke Talks Linklater's "Boyhood"

After more than a decade of on-and-off production, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" looks like it will finally be making its debut on screens next year.

The story chronicles the growth of a boy (Ellar Salmon) from age 6 to his last year of high school at 17 or 18. Linklater shot the movie in sequence, filming a handful of scenes each year since 2002.

Ethan Hawke plays the boy’s stepfather and Patricia Arquette his mother. Now, out doing promotion for "Getaway," Hawke tells The Huffington Post he just shot his final scenes for "Boyhood" with overall filming on the project wrapping in November. Hawke went into further details about what to expect:

"This is about growing up and the little moments that define our identity that aren’t about your bar mitzvah or your first time you had sex. There are these signposts that are supposed to be meaningful — prom, or something — that aren’t really meaningful.

The movie is going to be — I don’t know what people are going to make out of it — but I do know it’s the damned most original thing I’ve ever been a part of.

In 2002 when it started, the parents are going though a divorce and it opens with the mom — and you don’t see me. And then I come for a weekend visit the next year.

The first scene I did was with a 7-year-old boy … and I take this 7-year-old boy bowling — and I’m chain smoking in a bowling alley, which was legal then.

I finished yesterday and I’m 42 years old — I was 33 when I did my first scene — he’s 19. He’s a grown man! He’s got crazy ear rings and he’s taller than me and he’s intimidating. Just acting in the movie felt like nothing I’ve ever done.

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