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Exclusive: Ethan Hawke talks 'Boyhood' at New York premiere

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On Monday, July 7, Examiner.com was on the scene at the New York premiere of IFC's "Boyhood." The film's stars Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke joined their writer/director/producer Richard Linklater and producers Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring and John Sloss at MoMA. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this film is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. This drama charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.

We spoke with the film's star Ethan Hawke on the red carpet. Read what he had to say.

Q: This is the eighth film you’ve worked on with Richard Linklater. Can you talk about the experience of working with him and what makes him more unique than any other director?

Hawke: Well, what makes him different from any other director is what makes ... his movies speak for themselves. But what I like about working with him is he’s so interested in human beings, you know? He’s a humanist. A lot of people are bored with life as it really is, they want a hyperbolized life, to make it more fancy and more exciting. He finds life as it is pretty magical. And women as they are beautiful. And kids as they are interesting. They don’t need to be wizards or superheroes or something like that.

Q: Can you talk about what attracted you to "Boyhood"?

Hawke: The experience of doing. When we started doing this I had done "Before Sunrise," "Tape," "Newton Boys," and "Waking Life" all of which were some of the best experiences I had, so I just wanted to keep working with Rick.

Producer Jonathan Sehring told attendees in his intro, “Our whole vision behind this was it didn’t matter what we invested, but that the end product would be something much, much greater and it truly is one of the great American movies of our time and that’s solely because of the individual who was behind it. The director, producer, writer: Richard Linklater.” Sehring continued, “This is a film so singular and so unique and interesting and universal and it’s good. Words like masterpiece, life-altering, amazing, wondrous...they have all been used multiple times to describe this film already.”

Sehring concluded, "Rick is a creative force unlike any other I have met. Not only is he one of the greatest living filmmakers, but he’s also really one of the greatest storytellers. And that goes for any medium. He’s an incredible visionary and he’s incredibly humble. He’s one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I’ve ever met. He’s a humanitarian.”

Ethan Hawke also said a few words to attendees. "For us, the movie was fun to make. We just did press all day long so they asked, ‘How’d you keep it a secret?,’ and the funny thing is I told everyone I could. People, when I would tell them about it, they didn’t know what I was talking about. ‘You’ve been making a movie for 12 years? Good for you!’"

Hawke joked, “If we talk too much about this movie before you see it, we’ll absolutely ruin it for you. And you’ll hate us, and it, and just because it’s annoying.” A fabulous party followed in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Our favorite "OITNB" star Taylor Schilling was in attendance.

"Boyhood" was also the opening night film for BAMcinemaFest. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Darren Aronofsky, Gia Coppola, Bennett Miller, Mira Nair, Julie Taymor, Amber Tamblyn, Jonathan Groff, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Lyons, Imogen Poots, Jenny Slate, Santigold, David Byrne, Moreno Veloso, Stella Schnabel and Arden Wohl were a few of the notables who joined Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane for that premiere. Following that screening, guests headed over to Skylight One Hanson for Dark Horse wine and canapés. The film hits theaters this Friday, July 11.

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