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Aaron Eckhart Joins Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ at Amazon

Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of Matthew Weiner’s upcoming Amazon drama “The Romanoffs,” Variety has learned.

The new series will consist of eight hour-long episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family that ruled Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917.

Eckhart has primarily worked in film throughout his career, having appeared in high-profile projects like “The Dark Knight,” Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” opposite Tom Hanks, “Bleed for This” opposite Miles Teller, and the action films “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen.” He has also starred in “Thank You for Smoking,” “The Rum Diary,” and “Erin Brockovich.” He is repped by CAA.

Eckhart is the latest addition to the cast of the series from the “Mad Men” creator. “Mad Men” alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will also appear, along with Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert, “Boardwalk Empire” alum Jack Huston, “Togetherness” alum Amanda Peet, and Golden Globe nominee Marthe Keller.

“The Romanoffs” will be directed entirely by Weiner, who also serves as an executive producer and writer. Semi Chellas, Harvey Weinstein, and David Glasser will also executive produce. The Weinstein Company will produce in association with Amazon Studios. The series will debut on Prime Video next year.

Source: Variety

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Aaron Eckhart Joins Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series

Aaron Eckhart is headed to television.

The Dark Knight actor has been cast as a guest star in Matthew Weiner’s Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs, about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. He’ll join the previously announced cast, which includes Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Marthe Keller (Marathon Man) and Mad Men alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery.

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Co-produced by Weinstein Television, The Romanoffs is an hourlong contemporary anthology set around the globe that is being written, directed and executive produced by Mad Men creator Weiner. has added Aaron Eckhart (Sully) to its slate of guest stars joining the series. Eckhart was most recently seen opposite Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s Sully and in Bleed for This with Miles Teller.

Eckhart garnered attention as the love interest of Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich but it was his portrayal of a love-scorned man in Neil LaBute’s controversial film In the Company of Men that drew him critical praise. Eckhart has won a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his starring role in Jason Reitman’s directorial debut Thank You for Smoking. Other film credits include The Rum Diary, The Pledge, Any Given Sunday, Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London Has Fallen.

Eckhart is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Aaron Eckhart: “I still have a lot to say”

The serious-minded actor explains how living the simple life gives him a much greater sense of self

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At the age of 48, Aaron Eckhart has built a career playing good men on the edge of darkness. At the end of this year, the California-born actor co-stars in two biopics: in Sully, he plays Jeffrey Skiles, the co-pilot who assisted Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) in the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549, and in Bleed For This, he portrays Kevin Rooney, the trainer of professional boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller), who returned to the ring 13 months after breaking his neck in a near-fatal car crash.

Both are challenging, intense roles in which Eckhart faces the heavy responsibility of playing men who hold the fate of other people’s lives in their hands. But, in reality, he is naturally Zen, a trait he attributes to his maturity and the quiet life he leads outside the spotlight.

AARON ECKHART: I am a simple man in the sense that I don’t have a big life. As you become older, the most important thing is to know thyself. Earlier in my career, I would try to be everything to everybody. I don’t do that any more; I’m just me. Having a ranch in Montana helps me do that.

How so?

When I get there, I just stare at the water in the creek for hours. I move rocks, I clear the brush, I make fires and I look at the clouds. It obviously has a very soothing effect on a person, and it makes all the bullshit go away. I’m happy just leading my life and being an easy, simple person.

Do you feel satisfied with what you’ve accomplished?

No. I feel I still have a lot to say, and I need to say it in a different way. I’m very blessed to have had this career, but it’s not enough yet. I have to take more control of my message and who I am.

Who do you look up to? 

I’m a huge Sean Penn apologist. He’s got courage, he’s got convictions and he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is.

He’s also an activist. Do you have a political message?

I look at things more as a whole. When I do movies, I want to see how we all come together instead of how we’re all different. That is where my energies go, whether it’s race or religion or politics. I don’t like all the fighting. I like the message that we’re all the same.

Has there been any role where you felt the power of that message?

[Long pause.] No. [Laughs.]

But there’s still time!

Hey, I’m not dead yet. I think after this interview, I’ll maybe have two years left to live.

Source: The Red Bulletin

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Aaron Eckhart Gains 45 Pounds for ‘Bleed for This’

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What did you think of Vinny Paz after hearing his story?

Aaron Eckhart: It’s amazing! Vinny is one of those guys that legends are made of- that don’t ever quit and don’t say “no” to finding their passion in life and commit to it absolutely. To think of what he went through just in terms of his own personal pain and overcoming adversity and believing in himself, I think it’s a lesson that we could all learn something from.

Did you spend time with Vinny?

Yeah, he was on the set. He was definitely around. He’s a great character. He has great energy to feed off of, very positive. Loves the movie. Loved telling us stories and was just a great presence.

What’s one memorable story that he told you?

What comes to mind is how a fighter shows up to a fight. Whether he thinks he’s actually inside himself. If he believes he can win. Sometimes they show up and they’re on an off night and they get into the ring and they’re like “this guy’s going to beat the shit out of me.” You don’t think about that kind of stuff. Then you say “how did you battle through?” He says “I just got in there and started swinging.” I say “Vinny, what did it feel like to knock this guy out? What did it feel like to get beaten on?” It’s always “Yeah, it doesn’t feel good.” Obviously we — the media and pundits — don’t get to feel the punches and we don’t get to get inside their minds so whenever you get firsthand accounts of that kind of stuff it’s a lot of fun.

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