Variety – Few actors have balanced blockbuster movies with independent film as successful Aaron Eckhart, who first burst into the public consciousness with a blistering, unapologetic turn in Neil LaBute’s 1997 feature debut, “In the Company of Men.” That star-making role earned Eckhart an Independent Spirit Award and set him on a path of complicated but often lovable antiheroes. Since then he’s gone on to appear in such beloved franchises as “The Dark Knight” and the “Olympus Has Fallen” series while delivering acclaimed turns in smaller-budget fare like “Thank You for Smoking” and “Rabbit Hole.”
This is shaping up to be a really great fall for you.
I have to say, I’m enjoying it. I’m really proud of the movies and really proud of the people I worked with and I feel very, very fortunate to have worked with Clint and Tom and Ben and Miles. So I’m having fun.
How did the ‘Sully’ role come your way?
It really came out of the blue. Clint’s casting director kind of went to bat for me and showed Clint some of my stuff and really put his neck out. Then Clint gave me a call. I’ve always wanted to work with Clint and obviously been a huge fan of his since I grew up with his films. It was the first time in a long time I was sort of like a little kid in a candy shop. I was so happy.
|“It was the first time in a long time I was sort of like a kid in a candy shop.”|
While discussing his new film Sully, Aaron reveals what he and co-star Tom Hanks did in San Francisco to simulate the experience of flying. He also chats about the reconstructed plane that the actors shot their scenes in, the technical language he and Tom had to learn and deliver in a believable way once the cameras started rolling, and finally, the real life events the film is based on.
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Aaron Eckhart gets star-struck. Just like the rest of us. Only he doesn’t ask for autographs (or selfies).
Witness his reaction when he was shooting “Sully,” the story of how Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) landed his US Airways jet in the Hudson River in 2009 after the plane was struck by geese. Hanks, says Eckhart, “is a sweetheart.”
Here’s Eckhart’s very cute recollection of one very pivotal day playing Hanks’ copilot.
“We’re in a Clint Eastwood movie with Tom Hanks. You get the best of the best. We’re shooting on Fifth Avenue. There’s nobody on Fifth Avenue but us. Imagine that. All those cars are ours. All those people are ours. That’s the power of Clint and Tom.”
But there’s more. He exits his trailer. And what does he witness?
“And then I see it. Clint and Tom are talking to Steven Spielberg.”
You know. Just another day in the workplace.
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In 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made an emergency plane landing on the Hudson River and saved the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. Director Clint Eastwood’s Sully which debuts in theaters Friday and stars Tom Hanks as the title pilot, Laura Linney as his wife, Lorrie, and Aaron Eckhart as his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles — brings that event to the big screen, and looks at the heroism of it, and criticism that surrounded it.
“Everybody knows the story of what happened at ‘Miracle on the Hudson,’” Eckhart says of the script, written by Todd Komarnicki and adapted from Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. “What they don’t know is that there was a [National Transportation Safety Board] hearing that went on for quite a long time to see if it was the right thing to do, who was at fault if anybody, and it was quite traumatic. These pilots, as well as the staff and passengers, suffered [post-traumatic stress disorder] after.”
He continues on the scrutiny that ensued, “You expect if somebody lands a plane with dual engine failure into the Hudson and saves everybody’s life that they would walk away scot-free, and it’s not always the case. You have to then go to a hearing to investigate whether or not you did the right thing, if you could have saved the plane, if you could have landed at Teterboro or JFK, so there’s a lot that goes into it.” There’s a lot on the line too, like jobs, pensions, and reputations.
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Observer – The unlikely career of America’s most attractive character actor
Aaron Eckhart wants to show me some skin. We’re tucked away in the back of L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills in the early afternoon, where Eckhart is nursing a Diet Coke, despite engaging the sommelier for a good 10 minutes in fluent French. The 48-year-old actor—known for his roles as charming if morally ambiguous characters, like Harvey Dent (or Two-Face) in The Dark Knight, a slick tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking and the sociopathic Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men—sticks his arm out for me to inspect. He’s smiling in a way that underlines the basic premise of his appeal: With that cleft chin, that matinee idol swoosh of blond hair, the rugged stubble, who could resist taking Eckhart up on the chance to touch him?
“My skin has been stretched out as I’m getting older,” he says as he pinches and pulls a couple centimeters off his forearm, not unlike a batwing. This isn’t just a statement about his age, by the way, but also an example of why he’s getting too old for the Christian Bale school of acting. In his latest film, the biopic Bleed for This, opening at the Toronto Film Festival next month, Eckhart plays the failed boxer Kevin Rooney, an overweight, balding alcoholic who is grudgingly roped into training Vinny Paz (Miles Teller) after a car accident leaves him with severe injuries. Eckhart tripled his body fat percentage for the film…and it’s not the first time he’s done so for a role.
“A lot of guys do it,” he says of his packing on the pounds. “Obviously, it’s helped Christian [Bale], and Nick Cage when he did Leaving Las Vegas. But you just can’t help but feel bad about yourself.” Eckhart withdraws his arm but then leans forward, conspiratorially. There is no trace of the bloat he carried around during Bleed for This’ production on his currently lean frame. He tells me that halfway through the shoot, he’d noticed one of his co-stars (he won’t say which) was wearing a fat suit. Eckhart was stunned. “[Director Ben Younger] let you wear a fat suit?” he exclaimed. “Son of a bitch!
I’m a good little soldier,” Eckhart continues. “If somebody tells me to get fat, I get fat. If somebody tells me to lose weight, I’ll lose weight. I never think of things like that.” I ask him if he feels like he gets typecast because of his—and there is no getting around this—general handsomeness.
I do have a handsome face,” Aaron Eckhart admits. “But I have not used it well.”
Is he being self-deprecating or boastful? It’s hard to tell: When you are as conventionally good-looking and suave as Eckhart is, matters of modesty and sincerity tend to be transmitted with an undercurrent of irony. It’s truly hard, in other words, to take the man solely at face value.
Blumhouse has released the first trailer for Incarnate, a twist on the typical exorcism formula starring Aaron Eckhart as an alcoholic, wheelchair-bound man who battles demons from inside the mind of the possessed. He doesn’t use religious methods to expel the ungodly forces, he uses…technology, maybe, or perhaps just good old fashioned force of will? Presumably, they’ll answer that in the film because it’s not entirely clear in the trailer, but if the idea is executed it well, it could make for a nice revamp on a very well-told genre.
From horror mega-producer Jason Blum, and directed by San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton (though Incarnate was in the can before Peyton and Mr. Dwayne Johnson struck box office gold) from a script by Ronnie Christensen (Passengers), Incarnate pits Eckhart’s unconventional exorcist against a young boy, played by Gotham‘s David Mazouz, who is possessed by an incredibly powerful unholy spirit.
Incarnate also stars Carice van Houten and Catalina Sandino Moreno, and arrives in theaters September 30th. Watch the first trailer below.