Inside the Tribeca Reality Bites 25th Reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival

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Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Ethan Hawke attend “Reality Bites” 25th Anniversary — 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on May 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

On Saturday night the Tribeca Film Festival reunited the cast, director, writer and producers of Reality Bites for the 25th anniversary with a screening and talk with Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller, writer Helen Childress, producer Michael Shamberg, and executive producer Stacey Sher, moderated by journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt.

In a fun nod from Ethan Hawke to his character, Troy, Ethan wore a t-shirt with his characters fake grunge band name — “Hey, That’s My Bike.”

The packed house broke into cheers when Lisa Loeb surprised everyone at the end of film and stepped on stage during the credits to sing her hit song, “Stay.”

Stiller recalled, “I remember being in the offices and us improv-ing these scenes a little bit and as that happened — and I think I was attached to direct and not act in it — and then somehow somebody suggested — it might have been me — that I should act in it also…It wasn’t until Winona read it and said yes that we had a movie.”

The sold-out audience laughed when Stiller reminisced about hearing about Hawke for the first time, stating, “I remember you [Winona] called me….You said you should talk to Ethan….Who is this Ethan Hawke guy …what is he like in Explores…I mean come on.”

Ben apologized for the way the movie “fetishizes smoking,” and Ethan said in shock, “Do you believe I was smoking in a hospital!”

Hawke credited the movie, and specifically Ryder, for helping launch his career. He said, “I’m indebted. Winona believed in me. Winona got me this job. This job changed the trajectory of my career entirely … I’m just so grateful to you, Winona.”

When Winona was asked who she thought her character would end up with, Ryder stated, “She always thought she’d end up with (Garofalo’s character) Vickie!”

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