It took 12 years to film, but Ethan Hawke, says it was worth the commitment just to be part of something outside the status quo. Hawke joined SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio to talk about his role as Mason Sr. in the Richard Linklater film Boyhood, which tells the story of Mason Jr. (played by Ellar Coltrane) and his transition from childhood to adulthood.

“Movies have been so usurped by corporate America that it’s so fun to be a part of something that operates outside the system. Something that’s not for financial gain. We were a part of something where we were trying to do something new,” Hawke said. “We’re often, as actors, saying, ‘Well through the course of this story this is the characters arc.’ But it’s always over a day, over a two-month period of time. To really show how a human being changes, I felt grateful to be in this situation.”

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