Film flock roast Hawke

Thesp says career using imagination a luxary

Ethan Hawke was roasted and toasted by an all-male troupe at Young Friends of Film’s fourth annual honors.

“I’d like to think that I am as responsible as anyone for Ethan not being as famous as he could be,” began “The Newton Boys” helmer Richard Linklater. “At the end of the day, there are always two things: Ethan is amazing and no one comes to see the movie.”

Griffin Dunne called Hawke “really an actor who acts for himself,” adding, “Ethan you’re a selfish bastard, and I love you for it.”

When it was the man of the hour’s turn, he led the aud on a whirlwind tour of his career, ending on a modest note. “I know what a luxury it is to be making a living off of my imagination,” he said. Also participating in the lovefest were Steve Zahn, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ben Stiller via video and guests Robert Sean Leonard and Jason Blum.

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