A Minute With: Ethan Hawke on acting, Selena Gomez and Shakespeare

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After taking time away to focus on family and stage acting, Ethan Hawke is getting back to film and stepping into the driver's seat in his latest role as a racecar driver trapped in a car and racing against time in the action-thriller "Getaway."

"Getaway," which will be released in U.S. theaters on Friday, also stars former Disney actress and pop singer Selena Gomez, who plays a tech-savvy teenager.

The film comes on the heels of a string of box office successes for Hawke, including 2012 indie horror film "Sinister" and this year's surprise horror hit "The Purge."

Hawke, 42, also reunited with director Richard Linklater and French actress Julie Delpy for "Before Midnight," released in May, the third installment in the story of a couple who first met in the 1995 drama "Before Sunrise."

The actor spoke to Reuters about working with Gomez, acting in horror films and finding dream roles while in his 40s.

Q: "Getaway" explores a more intimate setting by trapping your character in a car. Did it put pressure on you to convey more emotion?

A: What's fun about this movie is that in any given take, there were 12 cameras mounted on this car to get all these crazy angles, and it's something I've never done before. ... It's a hard balance inside any action movie, to try to bring any authenticity of emotion and human behavior to these outlandish circumstances. One thing I enjoyed about the simplicity of being stuck in this car, it let Selena and I have fun.

Q: How different is Hollywood today compared to when you were Gomez's age, in your early 20s?   Continued...

Cast member Ethan Hawke poses at the premiere of "Getaway" in Los Angeles, California August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni