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.