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Screening of Ethan Hawke's ‘The Hottest State’

Tribeca Cinemas. June 25, 2007. By Justin Ravitz

You met with the Chelsea Hotel's new management. What's your biggest concern? “Just that they'll ruin the spirit of that place. Stanley Bard and his family have run that place forever. It represents a certain spirit of New York that is certainly leaving us, if it hasn't left already.” —Ethan Hawke (GETTY IMAGES)

Do you ever get starstruck or overwhelmed working with anybody? “I think that happens when you're younger. I'm almost 40 now. It's just work. There are people who are really good at it, people who are okay, and people who suck. That's just the way it is. ” —Robert Sean Leonard (GETTY IMAGES)

How's Ethan Hawke as a director? “His style was so unique. I look forward to working with him. He goes way beyond scratching the surface. You go down, find cadavers. Dig a little bit more.” —Sonia Braga (GETTY IMAGES)

Ever pursued a lady as doggedly as your character in this film? “When I was in college, I had a girlfriend ten years older than me. I stole a bike to ride to her house — it was ten miles.” —Frank Whaley (GETTY IMAGES)

Justin Theroux says New York girls are too fast. Agree? “I think New York women are the most varied, beautiful women on earth. I love this time of year, when it starts to get warm. We all hibernate, and when we men get to see women in their dresses, skirts, and tops it's a sight to see!” —Josh Charles

Ever pursued a lady as doggedly as your character in this film? “Oh, man, just endless pining. I've tried to block it out.” —Jesse Harris (GETTY IMAGES)

Most of your earlier films have been very dark and gritty. “It was fun to wake up in the morning and not be thinking about ‘I'm gonna eat some pellets today’ or ‘I'm going to a brothel’ or ‘I’m gonna be running around the subway in Paris.’ This time I got to just wake up and play the guitar.” —Catalina Sandino Moreno (GETTY IMAGES)

Do you want an iPhone? “Yes!” What are you doing to get one? “My friend knows some guy, Punjabi Mark, who's like an Indian gangster. Dude has a list with I don't know, I thought you could just go to the store but no!” —Mark Webber (GETTY IMAGES)

Ever pursued a lady as doggedly as your character in this film? “I've been dating my girlfriend for about five years. And there was a pursuit, yes. It's lasted a little longer than the film.” —Paul Dano (GETTY IMAGES)

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