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Around the world with Aaron Eckhart

CN Traveller – The star of The Rum Diary and The Dark Knight and long-time collaborator of playwright Neil LaBute on his favourite places

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Have you always been a keen traveller?
When I was a kid we moved around: Australia, France, Switzerland, Hawaii. And as an actor, I spend most of the year abroad or in another US state as they no longer make movies in Hollywood. Living in hotel rooms and having hobbies I can do by myself come pretty natural now.

Where have you just come back from?
Cartagena in Colombia. They had a film festival down there, so I planned my trip around that. We stayed at the Casablanca. It really felt first class all the way.

Where in the world have you felt happiest?
At my ranch in Montana. My folks are from two very small towns in that state, so I’ve gravitated there. I like the outdoors; I like working the land; I like learning from nature and animals. My dad and I clear land and nurture it. We just chop down things and drag them around in the truck. It’s sort of a cliché to get a ranch, but I tell you what, it’s nice.

Name a place that most lived up to the hype
Botswana. I went there on safari with my then girlfriend. We were in the middle of the Okavango Delta – it was just what dreams are made of. We were woken by elephants dining and lounging after a kill, and zebras and giraffes. But of course, we were safe (unfortunately, as it would have been nice to get in a little more danger).

Which is your favourite city?
Paris is the most beautiful, but New York is a wonderful walking city; it’s so full of stimuli at every turn. I also have a great relationship with London. I lived in St George’s Hill in Surrey, so I grew up going to the Hammersmith Odeon to see Eighties hair bands: everybody from Judas Priest to Def Leppard. And then I did a play and lived in Marylebone; I used to walk to the theatre every day, all along from Marylebone to Regent Street to Leicester Square – that was special for me.

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The Drifter: Aaron Eckhart

Outside Magazine – When you’re as well traveled as Aaron Eckhart, picking a favorite town isn’t easy.

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Like a lot of Hollywood stars, Aaron Eckhart’s been around. No, not that way. We mean he’s worked and lived, well, just about everywhere. “I’ve shot films in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Seattle…” he says, then lists half a dozen more locations. “And I’ve lived in California, Utah, England, Australia, France, and Switzerland.” Wherever he is, he makes time to ski, surf, fish, and hike, all of which more than qualifies him as this year’s guest expert for our annual Best Towns feature. Just don’t ask him to pick his favorite spot. We tried, and he settled on 11.

There are two places I want to be. One is Montana. My whole family’s from Montana, and I’m building a cabin outside of Big Timber as we speak. Or I’d like to move to Paris. My formative years were in Europe, and I miss it. I miss the slow, kind of languid lifestyle in the south of France, especially in Aix-en-Provence. I lived there for four months, and it’s my favorite place in France. I also have a love affair with Switzerland and would love to have a place there to ski. The problem with the movie business, like the sports business, is that you can’t afford to hurt yourself, so I don’t snowboard as much as I used to. I went to college at Brigham Young, in Salt Lake City, and skied a lot, mostly at Snowbird. I think St. George, Utah, is a cool little town.

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‘Bleed for This’ Actors Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller on the Boxing Film’s Animal Instincts

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Miles Teller is proving to be an actor who specializes in roles that combine extreme effort and crippling excess. Aaron Eckhart, meanwhile, has become the kind of performer who can bring a well-worn specificity to grizzled supporting roles.

Combine those elements and you get “Bleed for This,” the latest film from Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”). Teller plays Vinny Pazienza, a boxer struggling to return to the ring after a debilitating neck injury. It’s a performance that showcases Teller’s physicality against the backdrop of a true-life story. As Pazienza’s coach, Kevin Rooney, Eckhart brings his ferocity to a role that requires a less obvious show of continual force.

Younger has said that “Bleed for This” is far from a movie solely for boxing purists; he also wanted to rope in audiences who don’t care about sports at all. It’s an admirable goal, but one that doesn’t work without the full commitment and contributions of the two men at the center.

Teller and Eckhart spoke with us at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival about letting Panzienza’s absurd recklessness and unrelenting drive inform each of their characters. For them, it was about protecting that spirit in the same way that Rooney looked out for his fighter.

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Why Costner, Eckhart & Letts Are Hidden Figures In Supporting Actor Oscar Race

AARON ECKHART PILOTING WAY INTO AWARDS RACE

Eckhart really knows what the word supporting is all about after this season. He has been justifiably praised for his work in two films in which he plays the quieter guy behind two remarkable men, in both Sully and Bleed For This.

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In the former, he plays co-pilot Jeff Skiles who helped Sully Sullenberger steer to a safe landing on the Hudson River in that celebrated story of the hero pilot played by Tom Hanks. And in the latter he plays Kevin Rooney, the man behind the incredible, against-all-odds boxing comeback of Vinnie Pazienza played by Miles Teller.

In both he also plays real-life living people, but didn’t get the opportunity that the stars of those films did to spend much, if any, with the men he plays. Skiles was always on a transatlantic flight, so he only talked to him on the phone. Rooney has dementia, but Eckhart did talk with his son, as well as Pazienza himself, to get an idea of what he was like.

Whatever the levels of research, Eckhart is solid in both roles, the true definition if you ask me of what a supporting performance should be even if, as Eckhart notes, it can be “weird” doing movies about people who are actually living. It’s been an interesting experience for Eckhart to promote these two films simultaneously during the fall awards season, but a gratifying one. He launched both at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend, where we first ran into each other and where he would jump from one film’s screening and Q&A to another one, running up and down Main Street.

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