Ethan Hawke describes “Daybreakers,” as a futuristic vampire-virus film

Whatever happened to the 90-minute movie?

Ethan Hawke is mulling that over, slouched in a dining chair inside a small empty ballroom at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, slightly rumpling his light brown three-piece suit. He's not playing the slacker anymore; at 39, he's a film veteran and he talks with a certain cinematic weariness.

"I don't know what has happened to movies, but lately every movie is at least 20 minutes too long," he said. "It used to be that if you were three hours long it was because it was epic -- a movie about Gandhi; something with very important subject matters. Now, it doesn't matter what you're making a movie about; everyone thinks their movie is so brilliant that it has to be three hours long.

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