If you’ve been following this site for any length of time, then you know how much I love Ethan Hawke. He’s one of the few actors out there who truly cares about the ~art~ and not the paycheck. Listening to him talk about film and life is often inspirational. I suggest everyone go binge his interviews on YouTube.
During a recent interview with Conan O’Brien, Hawke talked about the first time he read the script for Independence Day. He was coming off the success of ‘Reality Bites‘ and thought he had this whole Hollywood thing figured out.
A studio sent him the script to a little movie called Independence Day, and he decided to read it during a road trip with a friend from Texas to New York.
“I’m reading [the script] to my buddy in the car. I’m like, ‘Isn’t this a bad line. “E.T. phone home.” That’s stupid.’ You know what I mean? And I’m going through it to the point where I literally throw it out onto the Texas highway.”
He ended up seeing the movie in theaters and knew immediately he was going to regret not taking the role.
Check out the video below…