Ethan Hawke's shock split from wife Uma Thurman inspired the bittersweet musings of his character JESSE in eagerly-anticipated sequel Before Sunset.

According to director Richard Linklater, when he, Hawke and leading lady Julie Delpy got together to collaborate on the screenplay, the Training Day hunk was aiming to "blur the line between performer and character".

And Linklater admits he found the plot, in which Jesse tells old flame CELINE how he is trapped in a loveless marriage because of his children, "scary".

Linklater explains, "It was a little scary. Current events had caught up with us.

"To Ethan's credit, I think it informed the making of the film. It definitely informed some of his feelings."

08/07/2004 14:02