27east.com – “I don’t believe in genres, I believe in acting.”
One would think this would be a grand statement at the end of a rant from a theater major in college criticizing modern movies, but it’s actually a personal preference when it comes to selecting the films that make up the nearly 20-year career of Aaron Eckhart.
He may not believe in identifying a film by a label or type, but most people do, and he is familiar to fans of a variety of genres: action (“The Dark Knight,” “Olympus Has Fallen”), drama (“Rabbit Hole,” “In the Company of Men”), comedy “Thank You for Smoking,” “The Rum Diary”). And those who get out to the movies in 2016 are bound to see him in one or more of several new films: He started the year with an action movie in the spring (“London Has Fallen”), followed by two dramas in the fall (“Sully,” “Bleed for This”), and will finish the year with a horror movie in the winter (“Incarnate”).
This past weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Mr. Eckhart pulled double duty promoting a featured film in the festival (“Bleed for This”) and being interviewed for “A Conversation With…” If he’s being honest—though it’s hard to tell with that same charm and verbal etiquette he brought to his Golden-Globe-nominated role as a hotshot tobacco lobbyist in “Thank You for Smoking”—he doesn’t even understand the purpose of genres.
“I think genre is categorizing something that doesn’t need to be categorized,” Mr. Eckhart said. “As an actor, if somebody dies in a movie you have to determine how you feel about that. If you’re having a relationship breakup, or you’re having a baby or whatever, it doesn’t matter what genre you’re in, you’re an actor in a movie and I’ve always been confused by that.”