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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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Interview with Actor Aaron Eckhart by Home Business (from 2013)

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.

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Photo: Reuters

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.

THE INTERVIEW:

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.

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Aaron Eckhart on ‘Sully’ and Tom Hanks Running for President

Newsweek –  Aaron Eckhart is instantly recognizable. His blonde-haired, blue-eyed, square-jawed good looks are that of the prototypical Hollywood star. He is the kind of actor who, when you see him on screen, has a strong, dependable presence and the ability to bring gravitas to a movie, whether it’s an action blockbuster as overblown as Olympus Has Fallen or, like his latest work, Sully, a subtle drama based on real events. But even with those all-American features and a commendable array of credits, Eckhart has never quite broken through as a leading man. He is perhaps Hollywood’s most valuable supporting player.

Aaron Eckhart attends the Mexican premiere of his film ‘Sully’ in Morelia, Mexico, October 24, 2016. The actor speaks to Newsweek about why he would vote for Tom Hanks as president. Jesse Grant/Getty

I present this theory to Eckhart when we meet in London’s famous Claridge’s hotel. He isn’t in the least offended. Rather the opposite, in fact. He wears it as a badge of honor. “I’m happy to take that title,” he says. “I’ve always been a solid guy for [leading women]…for Julia [Roberts in Erin Brockovich], Catherine Zeta Jones [2007’s No Reservations]. I’m proud of that. I’m proud that I can contribute in my own way.”

Eckhart, 48, might be the leading man of this interview, but we’re discussing two more films in which he comes second to the protagonist. In the Clint Eastwood-directed Sully, about the 2009 emergency landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, he plays first officer Jeff Skiles opposite Tom Hanks’ Captain Chesley Sullenberger. In Bleed for This, the biopic charting U.S. boxing champion Vinny Pazienza’s comeback from a life-threatening car accident, he portrays Pazienza’s trainer Kevin Rooney (Miles Teller plays the Pazmanian Devil).

Both movies have had significant awards chatter leading into next February’s Academy Awards. Having Eastwood and Hanks, both perennial Oscar favorites, on the marquee alone makes Sully a contender, but its chances are boosted further by Eckhart’s conviction as Sullenberger’s first officer, a beautifully understated script from Todd Komarnicki, and positive reviews across the world. The power of Bleed for This, meanwhile, lies in the one-two punch of Teller and Eckhart’s performances and their ability to bounce off each other. In an eerie coincidence, or fate, depending on how you look at it, the two films are released on the same day, Friday, in the U.K.

“The biggest challenge [on Sully ] for me—and the most excitement—was playing off of Tom,” says Eckhart. “A supporting character is very important because you’re defining the protagonist. Not everybody knows how to do that. If you’re trying to be the star of the movie, you’re taking some of the shine off your hero…that’s not the job of the supporting character.”

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