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Assault on Precinct 13 (Movie - 2005)
Originally posted 01/20/2005 06:00AM
The sensitive guy is now the tough guy: Ethan Hawke picks up a gun and grit for Assault on Precinct 13, playing a Detroit police sergeant trapped on New Year's Eve in a battle with crooked cops and prisoners. It's a role that 10 years ago would have been unlikely for the goateed star known for long walks along the Seine (Before Sunrise) and rejecting the establishment (Reality Bites). But since doing 2001's Training Day – for which he earned an Oscar nod – mainstream moviemaking has become acceptable in his book. "My taste has kind of expanded," Hawke, 34, says. The father of two (with ex-wife Uma Thurman) recently chatted about going commercial, playing the action star and chalking it all up to good fortune.
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