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Ethan Hawke: Paris, we’re with you

Ethan Hawke has used his podium at a Hollywood event to extend his support to journalists attacked in Paris.

The 44-year-old actor had his extensive film career honoured at a handprint and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday. And he made time during his speech to speak about the recent atrocities committed in the French capital.

"I'm so excited about the future, I'm so grateful for the past, and I think we'd be wrong not to mention creative expression today," Ethan said to the crowd, as reported by USA Today. "[We] stand in solidarity with everyone in Paris right now and everyone all over the world who stands for freedom of speech. We are with you, and we thank you."

This week, at least two gunmen stormed the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Ten editorial staff and two police officers were killed.

The Boyhood star explained the recent events makes him feel even more intensely proud of his work in creative industries. He relayed his thoughts on punishment for artistic openness in history.

"It makes me think about any time when people try to put on a play in Soviet Russia, and the theatre companies that were dragged off to the concentration camps,” Ethan went on. “The different times when people have really stood up with mortal consequences for artistic integrity. These artists I really admire and they make you realise how important ideas are. Ideas are really threatening, it makes me want to take my work even more seriously."

Ethan, who rose to fame in 1989 movie Dead Poets Society, is not only an established actor but also a writer of films and novels.

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