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“I wanted to show this man of unending stamina in a few guises,” says Nadav Kander of his portrait shoot with actor Aaron Eckhart, a star of the movies Sully and the upcoming Bleed for This.
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Screentime IE – Aaron Eckhart plays Jeff Skiles in Clint Eastwood’s forthcoming Sully. Skiles was co-pilot to Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), the pilot who successfully landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River without a single loss of life. In this short interview, Eckhart talks about working with both Eastwood and Hanks, and the problems of “acting” real people.
“I love the fact that Clint doesn’t say, ‘Action’. Because I personally believe that that’s the way to go myself.”
What was it like to work with Clint Eastwood?
“I loved working with Clint. I’ve been a fan, obviously of his films, as an actor and as a director since I can remember watching movies. I’ve been acting for a while now and this was the first time in a long time where when I got the news I threw my arms up in the air and I had a big reaction because not only with Clint but with Tom and particular subject matter was very exciting to me. Mostly, I was looking forward to just being around those guys and seeing how they work. You always hear stories about how the boss directs. He never says anything. You never get any takes. So I was looking forward to that. I love the fact that Clint doesn’t say, ‘Action’. Because I personally believe that that’s the way to go myself. And so, I would watch him all the time. I would watch how he reacted with the crew and how beloved he is with the crew and how he talked to Tom. And how he gave me direction. If he would ever give me direction at all or how he gave Tom direction. How he managed his day. He’s very efficient at what he does and very good.
On Playing the President of the U.S. In The Movie Olympus Has Fallen, Trying To Discover The Secrets Of The White House, The Importance Of Truthfulness In Acting, His Work With Gerard Butler, Patriotism, And Being Under Pressure.
Home Business – Handsome and square-jawed, Aaron Eckhart, 45, plays his most ambitious role yet, the President of the United States, in the upcoming action movie, Olympus Has Fallen, in which America is under attack from North Korea. Also starring Gerard Butler, Dylan McDermott, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo, Eckhart plays alongside this impressive cast and presents himself as a very convincing leader.
The son of a poet and a computer executive, Eckhart is the youngest of three brothers and was raised in the Mormon Church, though he no longer considers himself a member of the congregation. Not much is known about his personal life, although he was formerly engaged to actress Emily Cline and has dated country music songwriter Kristyn Osborn.
Tanned and fit, Eckhart is wearing dark grey jeans and a faded black t-shirt underneath a black shirt. His hair is darker than usual and he’s unshaven. He will next star in I Frankenstein, and The Drummer.
Question (Q): This movie is about terrorism with the object being the White House. Pretty scary stuff, do you think it could happen?
Aaron Eckhart (AE): Well, The White House is such a recognizable symbol throughout the world for certain beliefs and there are those who would like to attack it, so it’s in a fictional but an interesting storyline. I think that it’s not inconceivable that it could happen but it’s interesting how the response would be from inside the White House and America’s response and the world’s response, so I think it makes a good storyline for a film.
Q: And also North Korea, I don’t think they’ll be very happy about it. They are not shown in a good light.
AE: Well that will be interesting, I will wait for that one.
Q: Did you feel very presidential or empowered?
AE: Well, in front of Morgan, no. (laughs) No I did, actually. It was fun to do and be in the Oval Office with Morgan. Morgan has such a history and in terms of my field, and he is Presidential in my field, and I have gotten to know Morgan over the years and Melissa (Leo) and so those were fun scenes to do; to imagine that there is so much history, and when I talked to Antoine (director) about the role, we talked about the youthfulness of the President and he wanted the President to use his hands and be physical, to box, so we thought about JFK and that sort of ease he had and the casualness in which he held himself. But also the serious side, I mean JFK had to tackle some serious issues with the Russians and the Cubans, so he wanted that sort of thing. With the boxing in the beginning and the fighting back from the terrorists, and I thought that sort of balanced out the film, because Gerry (Butler) has so much to do in the movie, he has so much ground to cover and he is so physical in the movie, and I wanted to sort of balance that out a little bit, and have some fun myself.
The A.V. Club – Aaron Eckhart rarely plays vulnerable men. His chiseled looks and cocky smirk have led him to roles as an unrepentant bully (In The Company Of Men), a confident leader (Any Given Sunday), a sleazy husband (Nurse Betty), a smooth-tongued company man (Thank You For Smoking), a swaggering chef (No Reservations), and a darkly tortured politico (The Dark Knight), among other things.
But in John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, he stars as a father grappling with his 4-year-old son’s death. Struggling with anger, guilt, and despair, he tries to salvage his marriage to emotionally paralyzed spouse Nicole Kidman. Their complicated grief unfurls at a patient pace.
An antidote to other, more extreme awards-season dramas like Black Swan, the quiet, thoughtful Rabbit Hole—based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play—has earned Eckhart accolades for smoothly stepping out of his perceived comfort zone. The A.V. Club recently caught up with Eckhart to discuss his career ambitions highbrow and low.
The A.V. Club: Did you see Rabbit Hole onstage before taking on this role?
Aaron Eckhart: No, I came into this thing ignorant. I had been making movies and living under a rock. So I literally went from The Rum Diary, which I was filming with Johnny Depp in Puerto Rico, to rehearsal the next day—and was filming the next week.
AVC: Did John Cameron Mitchell ask you to play this character in an understated way?
AE: I like to overact everything, so—that was a joke. This movie could’ve easily slipped into melodrama. And we were all very cognizant of that, and talked about it, “How can we make it so it’s real?” It was the little things: the silences, the moving around in each other’s spaces. And Nicole and I agreed with each other that we would let each other into our spaces intimately. Whatever it was, we were gonna do it real. And I think we pulled it off.
Men’s Health – Intense military training made the Hollywood star stronger, faster and fitter
Up in the central room of the cliff-top house, sitting in his favourite armchair before the fire, the 42-year-old star who faced Batman as good-guy-gone-bad Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, and is now a muscle-bound, war-hardened marine in Battle: Los Angeles, can look out to sea, meditate on his growing success and relax.
But Eckhart is not relaxing. Not a bit. Though he is surrounded by comfortable things, his life is constructed around staying hard, sharp, strong and lean. The man is powerfully built and tough as hobnail. “I see a gym in everything,” he says – and his life and new-found physique bear that statement out. He is seldom to be found lounging around at home when he could be cycling along the hillside roads, surfing the ocean, or throwing himself about the tennis court. He doesn’t like to sit still; he doesn’t want to slack off.
And this is both the great paradox of Eckhart and the great balance he has struck in his life. The Hollywood actor may have worked hard to accrue some damned good things in his career, but he is determined that age and success are not to be passports to comfort and indolence. Rather, they will be the tools with which he keeps himself in the best shape of his life.
Men’s Health – Focused and fit, The Dark Knight’s Aaron Eckhart has a blast at everything he does. How? By staying in motion even when he chills out
Here’s the thing about actor Aaron Eckhart: He talks like he’s the ultimate artistic chill-out-on-the-couch type, but his actions reveal a very different kind of man. He separates work from everything else, but “everything else” is in motion, in flux. He runs on the beach. Hikes. Surfs. Plays guitar. Takes road trips from Los Angeles to his ranch in Montana.
Eckhart’s work time feeds his non-work time and vice versa. Most of us either shut down at the 5 o’clock whistle or simply don’t acknowledge a whistle at all. We become one-note entities that way. Eckhart’s goal is to hit as many notes as humanly possible, and that requires constant motion. It’s not to be confused with workaholism, or attention-deficit disorder, or an unwillingness to commit. It’s curiosity and hunger, pure and simple.
One of Eckhart’s most important life rules is to turn everyday, mandatory activities into playtime. “I won’t do it if it’s not fun, and if I have to do it, I’ll make it fun,” he says. Sounds simple, but how exactly do you make a mandatory activity fun? “I play games with myself. You can completely change your mood. If I have to crawl out of bed to take my dog for a walk, then I make that as enjoyable as possible. I tell myself, Hey, I can read a photography magazine while I do it. I’ll climb out of bed and by the time I see my dog, I’m a totally changed person.” How can you adopt the same kind of mindset? It’s all about embracing the power of play.
The serious-minded actor explains how living the simple life gives him a much greater sense of self
At the age of 48, Aaron Eckhart has built a career playing good men on the edge of darkness. At the end of this year, the California-born actor co-stars in two biopics: in Sully, he plays Jeffrey Skiles, the co-pilot who assisted Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) in the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549, and in Bleed For This, he portrays Kevin Rooney, the trainer of professional boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller), who returned to the ring 13 months after breaking his neck in a near-fatal car crash.
Both are challenging, intense roles in which Eckhart faces the heavy responsibility of playing men who hold the fate of other people’s lives in their hands. But, in reality, he is naturally Zen, a trait he attributes to his maturity and the quiet life he leads outside the spotlight.
AARON ECKHART: I am a simple man in the sense that I don’t have a big life. As you become older, the most important thing is to know thyself. Earlier in my career, I would try to be everything to everybody. I don’t do that any more; I’m just me. Having a ranch in Montana helps me do that.
When I get there, I just stare at the water in the creek for hours. I move rocks, I clear the brush, I make fires and I look at the clouds. It obviously has a very soothing effect on a person, and it makes all the bullshit go away. I’m happy just leading my life and being an easy, simple person.
Do you feel satisfied with what you’ve accomplished?
No. I feel I still have a lot to say, and I need to say it in a different way. I’m very blessed to have had this career, but it’s not enough yet. I have to take more control of my message and who I am.
Who do you look up to?
I’m a huge Sean Penn apologist. He’s got courage, he’s got convictions and he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is.
He’s also an activist. Do you have a political message?
I look at things more as a whole. When I do movies, I want to see how we all come together instead of how we’re all different. That is where my energies go, whether it’s race or religion or politics. I don’t like all the fighting. I like the message that we’re all the same.
Has there been any role where you felt the power of that message?[Long pause.] No. [Laughs.]
But there’s still time!
Hey, I’m not dead yet. I think after this interview, I’ll maybe have two years left to live.
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For long trips out of town, Aaron Eckhart drives his “dream car” — a Land Cruiser FJ62 hand-built by Chatsworth, Calif.-based Icon (from $150,000), which scrupulously restores off-road vehicles. Says the actor of Icon founder Jonathan Ward: “He suggested I put a 1990 chassis on the 1988 body to give me better driveability while preserving the classic look. The entire car was taken apart, stripped down, powder-coated and reassembled.” The Sully co-star adds, “I’ve taken it out in severe weather, and it’s been a workhorse through and through.”
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What did you think of Vinny Paz after hearing his story?
Aaron Eckhart: It’s amazing! Vinny is one of those guys that legends are made of- that don’t ever quit and don’t say “no” to finding their passion in life and commit to it absolutely. To think of what he went through just in terms of his own personal pain and overcoming adversity and believing in himself, I think it’s a lesson that we could all learn something from.
Did you spend time with Vinny?
Yeah, he was on the set. He was definitely around. He’s a great character. He has great energy to feed off of, very positive. Loves the movie. Loved telling us stories and was just a great presence.
What’s one memorable story that he told you?
What comes to mind is how a fighter shows up to a fight. Whether he thinks he’s actually inside himself. If he believes he can win. Sometimes they show up and they’re on an off night and they get into the ring and they’re like “this guy’s going to beat the shit out of me.” You don’t think about that kind of stuff. Then you say “how did you battle through?” He says “I just got in there and started swinging.” I say “Vinny, what did it feel like to knock this guy out? What did it feel like to get beaten on?” It’s always “Yeah, it doesn’t feel good.” Obviously we — the media and pundits — don’t get to feel the punches and we don’t get to get inside their minds so whenever you get firsthand accounts of that kind of stuff it’s a lot of fun.