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Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace & Robert Budreau Talk Tribeca Bank Heist Thriller 'Stockholm'

April 20, 2018 - 11:24 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Tribeca Film Festival rolled into town this week, and one of the more anticipated films made its premiere Wednesday night.

Based on a true story, Stockholm stars Ethan Hawke as Lars, an unhinged, yet charming outlaw who attempts to rob a bank in Stockholm, Sweden.  

The film explores the dynamic relationship between Lars and his hostages as the events eventually gave birth to the term, "Stockholm Syndrome" after his hostages refused to help authorities in the aftermath of the heist.

"I didn't know where that expression, Stockholm Syndrome, came from," Hawke admitted.

"I don't know what genre the movie falls into whether it's a heist movie or a black comedy ... I don't know, but there was something incredibly challenging about the tone. There's something very human about it as you get to know the people."

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Hawke was joined by co-star Noomi Rapace and director Robert Budreau on The Trend this week, and added that despite the the seriousness of the crime, there's something very appealing about playing a bank robber.

"We all spend so much energy trying to control everything, and there is something sexy and fun about a bank robbery. I enjoyed it."

Rapace stars as the bank clerk who eventually forms a strong bond with Lars.

"It's weird, when we shot it I kind of felt like I started from one place, and I was like looking at you, like, he's insane, what he's saying is crazy," Rapace said. "And then, I was slowly, like, just falling into this....I felt like the Stockholm Syndrome kind of hit me. And in the end I was like...I was on your side, like a hundred percent."

Watch the full interview above to hear more about the film and what Ethan Hawke thinks of Cynthia Nixon running for governor.

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