Ethan Hawke Turned Down The ‘Independence Day’ Script In The Most Brutal Way

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.”

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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.”

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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.

See more in the clip above.

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