Ethan Hawke Plays Legendary Jazzman Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue

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Ethan Hawke

Cornell University alumna Maxine Marie Hepfer works in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services Group. Apart from her profession, Maxine Marie Hepfer appreciates a wide variety of music, from Giraffage to Chet Baker.

Legendary jazz trumpet player Chet Baker died in 1988, but his legacy persists in a biopic that recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Ethan Hawke, Born to Be Blue has received glowing reviews.

As but one indicator of the seriousness with which he has approached his portrayal of Chet Baker, Ethan Hawke took up the trumpet. Moreover, he encountered the former a couple of decades ago while working with director Richard Linklater on a script that portrayed the jazz legend in his 20s, and while that project never materialized, it was enough of an introduction to leave Mr. Hawke feeling as though he was revisiting a character in his work on Born to Be Blue, a fictionalized account of Baker in his 40s that was written by director Robert Budreau.

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