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Former Young Actor Ethan Hawke is Enjoying New York City's Finest'

March 05, 2010

Ethan Hawke has been a professional actor for 25 of his 39 years.

He has an Oscar nomination under his belt ("Training Day," 2001).

But, he said, that's no guarantee of steady employment in the world of acting.

"I was lucky at the beginning," Hawke said this week from New York City, his home and the location of his newest film, the cop drama "Brooklyn's Finest," which opens Friday.

"When I was just 13 I made a film with Joe Dante" - 1985's "Explorers" - "and then disappeared for a couple of years into the warm cocoon of high school. My next job was working with Peter Weir on 'Dead Poets Society'" four years later.

"Working on that film was amazing. But I was old enough then to know that an experience like that was really unique. That working with a first-class director and first-class script and first-class co-stars is not the norm.

"Still, to come out of the gate like that was a real blessing. I knew early just how great an actor's job could be." Read More