Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing “Training Day,” the best buddy cop comedy since “Turner & Hooch” and maybe even since “Tango & Cash.” Just kidding, nothing beats “Tango & Cash.” Besides, “Training Day” is hardly a comedy, but rather an intense look into the fall of a good cop and a rookie on the brink. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of veteran LAPD superstar Alonzo Harris, one of the dirtiest cops in movie history. Harris is assigned the task of evaluating a newbie (Ethan Hawke) and teaching him the ways of the cop world. While Harris may be a cool and charismatic celebrity cop, he actually has his fingers in about two dozen pots, all of them highly illegal.
Casting Ethan Hawke as a wide-eyed rookie detective in “Training Day” was a smart move on the part of director Antoine Fuqua. Hawke’s doe-eyed innocent is the perfect foil to Denzel Washington’s fallen hero. The dynamic between the two is enervating and while we’ve always been partial to “Tango & Cash” for laughs, when it comes to real drama, “Training Day” can’t be beat.
Here are five of our favorite Ethan Hawke roles:
5. Troy Dyer in “Reality Bites”
4. Jesse in “Before Sunrise
3. Todd Anderson in “Dead Poets Society”
2. Vincent Freeman in “Gattaca”
1. Jake Hoyt in “Training Day”
“Training Day” airs on IFC tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET; Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 and 10:30 PM ET; Friday, Oct. 12 at 8:00 PM ET; Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:45 AM ET; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:15 PM ET; Monday, Oct. 22 at 12:45 AM ET; Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8:00 PM ET; Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12:45 AM ET