Ethan Hawke Reflects on Iconic Monte Carlo Getting Stolen from ‘Training Day’ Set

by Jennifer Shea
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Actor Ethan Hawke starred in “Training Day” alongside Denzel Washington nearly 20 years ago. The movie is a crime thriller about two narcotics cops patrolling gang-infested areas.

So at a recent anniversary panel live-streamed from the Toronto International Film Festival, Hawke and the film’s director, Antoine Fuqua, reminisced about old times. Such as the time the movie’s centerpiece, a Monte Carlo, got stolen from the set.

“We had some laughs,” Hawke recalled about their experiences on set. For example, “Do you remember the day the Monte Carlo got stolen?”

“It was back, I think, within 24 hours. Polished and cleaned, by the way,” Fuqua replied.

‘Training Day’ Took Place in Cross-Section of Gang Territory

“Those guys down there said, ‘Don’t worry about it. We got it.’ It was back in the exact same spot they stole it from, too,” Fuqua reminded Ethan Hawke.

“Training Day” took place at a crossroads of various gangs’ Los Angeles turf. Fuqua said they got “a lot of support” from local community leaders while shooting the film. So in that area, that meant gang members.

“We got Latino gangs, the Bloods, the Crips, really open arms to come into these areas and film with all their support,” he said. “They were really excited about it.”

In fact, actual gang members would sometimes wander onto the set. But Fuqua didn’t demand that they leave. Instead, he just incorporated them into the movie.

“Right in the middle of [the stars] filming would be real guys all up in there,” Fuqua explained. “We weren’t going to say, ‘Get out of the frame!’”

“They all wanted to be a part of it,” he added.

Ethan Hawke Receives Prestigious Award at International Film Festival

Meanwhile, Hawke is fresh off an appearance at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). There he received a lifetime achievement prize, the President’s Award, for “contribut[ing] in a fundamental way to the development of contemporary world cinema.” The festival ran from Aug. 20-28, per THR.

Hawke hails from Austin, Texas. He has received four Oscar nominations. He got two nominations for Best Supporting Actor, for “Training Day” and “Boyhood.” And he got two nominations for adapted screenplay writing, for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.” His film credits range widely. They run the gamut from “Dead Poets Society” to “Reality Bites” to the Oscar-winning “Training Day” and “Boyhood.”

“We are thrilled to welcome to Karlovy Vary an artist we’ve been admiring for a long time,” KVIFF artistic director Karel Och and executive director Krystof Mucha said in a joint statement.

They added: “In 2018, KVIFF paid tribute to the Austin Film Society. And it is exciting to extend our appreciation of this renowned organization’s work by honoring an actor and director who is so closely connected to the Texas independent film scene.”

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