Ethan Hawke on Born to Be Blue: Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf


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Fresh from directing the documentary Seymour: An Introduction — and its memorable Reel Pieces preview one year ago — Ethan Hawke is back playing the jazz trumpet icon Chet Baker.

Born to Be Blue is a cinematic riff on musical genius — undermined by drug addiction — set in the late 1950s when Baker was being compared to Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie (both of whom are portrayed in the film). Carmen Ejogo gives a soulful performance as the loving woman who tries to keep Baker away from heroin.