Ethan Hawke as Jazz Legend Chet Baker in New 'Born to Be Blue' Trailer
"You want some advice, Baker? Go back home to the beach, man, come back when you've lived a little…" IFC Films has debuted a trailer for the indie film Born to Be Blue, which stars Ethan Hawke as jazz legend Chat Baker. The film premiered at TIFF but never got any real buzz - this is the first time I've even heard about it. It's supposedly a creative blend of "fact with fiction" that "unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz." The cast includes Carmen Ejogo and Callum Keith Rennie. This really looks quite awful, even worse than musician film I Saw the Light, and that got abysmal reviews at TIFF as well. If you want to see a good film about a jazz legend, stick with Miles Ahead for now. Take look.
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Robert Budreau's Born to Be Blue, direct from IFC's YouTube:
Actor Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). This film first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015. IFC Films will release Born to Be Blue in select US theaters starting on March 25th + on VOD March 31st. Anyone?