Aaron Eckhart Talks ‘Dark Knight’ Legacy and Acting in French
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Aaron Eckhart Talks ‘Dark Knight’ Legacy and Acting in French

Aaron Eckhart has worked with a number of standout writer-directors — Steven Soderbergh, Jason Reitman and Christopher Nolan, to name a few — over his 25-year film career. So when the opportunity to work with Matthew Weiner on his new star-studded Amazon anthology series, The Romanoffs, came up, Eckhart jumped at the opportunity.

Appearing in the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” which is now streaming, Eckhart plays Greg, the lone nephew and caretaker to a bigoted, wealthy aunt played by Marthe Keller. Over the course of the episode, which is set in Paris and is acted mostly in French, the family’s connection to the Romanovs is revealed as an unexpected person changes the course of Greg’s future.

“It was beautifully written,” Eckhart tells ET of the script. “I thought that Matthew was putting relationships together that were unconventional.”

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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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Nadav Kander photographs chameleonic actor Aaron Eckhart for Empire magazine

“I wanted to show this man of unending stamina in a few guises,” says Nadav Kander of his portrait shoot with actor Aaron Eckhart, a star of the movies Sully and the upcoming Bleed for This.

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Photo: Nadav Kander

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Aaron Eckhart Talks “Sully”

Screentime IE – Aaron Eckhart plays Jeff Skiles in Clint Eastwood’s forthcoming Sully. Skiles was co-pilot to Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), the pilot who successfully landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River without a single loss of life. In this short interview, Eckhart talks about working with both Eastwood and Hanks, and the problems of “acting” real people. 

“I love the fact that Clint doesn’t say, ‘Action’. Because I personally believe that that’s the way to go myself.”

What was it like to work with Clint Eastwood?

“I loved working with Clint. I’ve been a fan, obviously of his films, as an actor and as a director since I can remember watching movies. I’ve been acting for a while now and this was the first time in a long time where when I got the news I threw my arms up in the air and I had a big reaction because not only with Clint but with Tom and particular subject matter was very exciting to me. Mostly, I was looking forward to just being around those guys and seeing how they work. You always hear stories about how the boss directs. He never says anything. You never get any takes. So I was looking forward to that. I love the fact that Clint doesn’t say, ‘Action’. Because I personally believe that that’s the way to go myself. And so, I would watch him all the time. I would watch how he reacted with the crew and how beloved he is with the crew and how he talked to Tom. And how he gave me direction. If he would ever give me direction at all or how he gave Tom direction. How he managed his day. He’s very efficient at what he does and very good.

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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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The Car That Aaron Eckhart, David Letterman and Other Stars Soup Up

For long trips out of town, Aaron Eckhart drives his “dream car” — a Land Cruiser FJ62 hand-built by Chatsworth, Calif.-based Icon (from $150,000), which scrupulously restores off-road vehicles. Says the actor of Icon founder Jonathan Ward: “He suggested I put a 1990 chassis on the 1988 body to give me better driveability while preserving the classic look. The entire car was taken apart, stripped down, powder-coated and reassembled.” The Sully co-star adds, “I’ve taken it out in severe weather, and it’s been a workhorse through and through.”

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Why Costner, Eckhart & Letts Are Hidden Figures In Supporting Actor Oscar Race

AARON ECKHART PILOTING WAY INTO AWARDS RACE

Eckhart really knows what the word supporting is all about after this season. He has been justifiably praised for his work in two films in which he plays the quieter guy behind two remarkable men, in both Sully and Bleed For This.

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In the former, he plays co-pilot Jeff Skiles who helped Sully Sullenberger steer to a safe landing on the Hudson River in that celebrated story of the hero pilot played by Tom Hanks. And in the latter he plays Kevin Rooney, the man behind the incredible, against-all-odds boxing comeback of Vinnie Pazienza played by Miles Teller.

In both he also plays real-life living people, but didn’t get the opportunity that the stars of those films did to spend much, if any, with the men he plays. Skiles was always on a transatlantic flight, so he only talked to him on the phone. Rooney has dementia, but Eckhart did talk with his son, as well as Pazienza himself, to get an idea of what he was like.

Whatever the levels of research, Eckhart is solid in both roles, the true definition if you ask me of what a supporting performance should be even if, as Eckhart notes, it can be “weird” doing movies about people who are actually living. It’s been an interesting experience for Eckhart to promote these two films simultaneously during the fall awards season, but a gratifying one. He launched both at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend, where we first ran into each other and where he would jump from one film’s screening and Q&A to another one, running up and down Main Street.

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