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.
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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
Photo: Lorenzo Agius
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.
Photo: Creative Photographers, Inc.
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Muscle & Fitness
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.
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