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.
The tragic death of Heath Ledger and his incredible performance as the Joker led much of the coverage around Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins follow-up, The Dark Knight. For Nolan, though, a driving force in the story was always Gotham’s unsung hero: the conflicted, but well-meaning city prosecutor, Harvey Dent. Nolan revealed that for him, the most fascinating storyline in the movie was Dent’s transformation into Two-Face.
“The way the story is constructed we always imagined that Harvey Dent would form the emotional arc of the story. His story, his tragedy would be, excuse me, the arc of the story, because The Joker, the purpose of The Joker for us was always that he has no arc, he has no development he doesn’t learn anything through the film, he’s an absolute.”
When the trailer for The Dark Knight debuted in theaters, the focus was on the incredibly captivating Heath Ledger in his psychotic joker makeup. Audiences were barely shown Harvey Dent, and his Mr. Hyde transformation into Two-Face was kept in secret for the most part. The onscreen version of Two-Face who audiences were familiar with was limited to the goofy version played by Tommy Lee Jones in 1995’s Batman Forever, a Two-Face that was probably a better fit for a carny than a Batman villain. The Dark Knight’s Two-Face, though, truly captured the horrifying portrayal of a man who suffered a gruesome injury. “When you look at Two-Face, you should get sick to your stomach,” Eckhart said.
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Aaron Eckhart is joining Tom Hanks in Warner Bros.’ Capt. Sully movie
Hanks will star as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed his plane full of 155 passengers in the Hudson River after both engines were knocked out by a flock of geese. The “Miracle on the Hudson” made national headlines in January 2009, and Capt. Sully was deemed the “Captain Cool” by then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Eckhart will play Jeff Skiles, who was the first officer and co-pilot on the Airbus A320. He was manually flying the plane when the birds crashed into the engines. He helped Sully safely land the US Airways plane.
Clint Eastwood will direct the film, which will have a script by Todd Komarnicki, who is drawing from Sullenberger’s life and memoir.
Warner Bros. is behind the movie, which is being produced by Eastwood, Tim Moore and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall.
Eckhart most recently was seen in I, Frankenstein and Olympus Has Fallen, and he’ll reprise his role from the latter for the sequel, London Has Fallen. He’ll also be seen in the boxing drama Bleed for This with Miles Teller. He’s repped by CAA.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
In My All American, actors Aaron Eckhart and Finn Wittrock tell the remarkable true story of legendary University of Texas football duo Coach Darrell K Royal and all-star safety Freddie Stienmark. In theaters November 13th, the film focuses on Coach Royal leading Texas Longhorns football from their worst-ever record to winning a national championship, and how Freddie’s grit and indomitable spirit touched his life both on and off the field.
Eckhart is known for his roles in Any Given Sunday, Thank You for Smoking, and as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, while Wittrock is deemed one to watch with roles in seasons four and five of American Horror Story and Unbroken.
We caught up with the two stars to discuss their NFL week 10 predictions, Lady Gaga, and tackling Tom Brady.
Thoughts on the Oakland Raiders moving to LA?
Well I saw the mock of a new stadium, it looks good. I’m an Oakland Bay Area guy so I would like them to stay in Oakland. I’m very encouraged with their new coach, I like Derek Carr and I like Amari Cooper so I think we’re going in the right direction.
What impresses you most about NFL players as athletes?
What doesn’t impress me… they’re beasts, those guys, they’re stallions. When you’re watching the best of the best they have not only the physical [abilities], but they have the mental. Think about it, there’s five quarterbacks that who can throw a ball out of 6 billion people on the planet Earth, so they’re pretty special.
Who is the most underestimated player in the NFL?
Wes Welker, Tom Brady makes his receivers and tight ends so great. Usually it has to do with size, and usually the way they overcome it is through mental toughness and that’s a great lesson for us all.
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Actor Aaron Eckhart, joins Geoff Ketchum to describe his role in the upcoming film ‘My All-American’. Eckhart plays the role of Longhorns coach Darrell Royal, in a true story about inspirational character Freddie Steinmark. The movie will hit theaters on November 13, 2015.
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