Tuesday March 01, 2016
Ethan Hawke on playing the talented and troubled Chet Baker
Chet Baker could have been one of the greatest performers of all time.
He was a jazz player with potential and vitality. His trumpet was sad, vulnerable and very, very personal.
But after he developed a heroin addiction, he started playing less. He often pawned his instruments. He did time in jail.
In the new movie Born to Be Blue, Ethan Hawke plays Baker at a pivotal moment. He's in his 40s and trying to get clean so he can focus on making music again.
Hawke and Canadian director Robert Budreau join Shad in studio q to talk about Born to Be Blue, the nature of addiction, and the points of tension between Baker's difficult life and beautiful music.
Hawke returns to studio q after only a few months! Here he is in November talking about his book Rules for a Knight.