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.