Ethan Hawke on playing the talented and troubled Chet Baker

Actor Ethan Hawke and director Robert Budreau talk about the Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue, and the role of addiction in our notions of artistic genius.

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. 

Actor Ethan Hawke and director Robert Budreau dropped by studio q to talk about their new jazz film-slash-biopic about Chet Baker, Born to Be Blue. (Ashly July/CBC)

Hawke returns to studio q after only a few months! Here he is in November talking about his book Rules for a Knight.


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