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BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: To mark Thursday’s 25th annual gala for The Doe Fund, supporter Ethan Hawke got the nod to help light the Empire State Building blue earlier in the day. Acrophobes would not have welcomed the honor. The task required the actor to be out on a ledge without a railing, 100 floors up to pull the lever, but hours later he was unfazed by the suggestion that it was a pretty good New York day. “Any day someone doesn’t get hurt is a good day,” he said.
Hawke was more heartfelt addressing the crowd that helped raise $1.75 million, including co-chairs Wendy and Steve Madden. Commending the group, which helps homeless men get back on their feet, Hawke described how struck he was by life’s imbalances en route to Harlem for a Doe Fund meeting after dropping off his son at a private school downtown. “My son and I think we hit a triple, but we don’t know we were born on third base,” he said.
Afterward, the “Training Day” star said his next at-bat, so to speak, will be in Tom Nohilly’s first play, “Blood From a Stone,” which starts previews next month.