Ethan Hawke revealed he thought the “Independence Day” script was so bad when he got it that he threw it out onto the highway.
The 47-year-old made the comments as he appeared on Monday’s “Conan”, admitting, when asked about the roles he’d regretted turning down: “I’m such a big shot, I think I’m so cool.”
Hawke went on, “I’m reading [the ‘Independence Day’ script] to my buddy in the car. I’m like, ‘Isn’t this a bad line? “E.T. phone home.” That’s stupid.’
“You know what I mean? And I’m going through it to the point where I literally throw it out onto the Texas highway.”
The actor then recalled how he’d ended up seeing the 1996 flick, which went on to gross over $800 million worldwide, with his then-girlfriend, and everybody ended up loving it.
Hawke even said that Will Smith’s “E.T. phone home” line got such a reaction, people gave him a standing ovation in the movie theatre.
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