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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 interview by The A.V. Club (from 2011)

The A.V. Club – Aaron Eckhart rarely plays vulnerable men. His chiseled looks and cocky smirk have led him to roles as an unrepentant bully (In The Company Of Men), a confident leader (Any Given Sunday), a sleazy husband (Nurse Betty), a smooth-tongued company man (Thank You For Smoking), a swaggering chef (No Reservations), and a darkly tortured politico (The Dark Knight), among other things.

Aaron Eckhart

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But in John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, he stars as a father grappling with his 4-year-old son’s death. Struggling with anger, guilt, and despair, he tries to salvage his marriage to emotionally paralyzed spouse Nicole Kidman. Their complicated grief unfurls at a patient pace.

An antidote to other, more extreme awards-season dramas like Black Swan, the quiet, thoughtful Rabbit Hole—based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play—has earned Eckhart accolades for smoothly stepping out of his perceived comfort zone. The A.V. Club recently caught up with Eckhart to discuss his career ambitions highbrow and low.

The A.V. Club: Did you see Rabbit Hole onstage before taking on this role?

Aaron Eckhart: No, I came into this thing ignorant. I had been making movies and living under a rock. So I literally went from The Rum Diary, which I was filming with Johnny Depp in Puerto Rico, to rehearsal the next day—and was filming the next week.

AVC: Did John Cameron Mitchell ask you to play this character in an understated way?

AE: I like to overact everything, so—that was a joke. This movie could’ve easily slipped into melodrama. And we were all very cognizant of that, and talked about it, “How can we make it so it’s real?” It was the little things: the silences, the moving around in each other’s spaces. And Nicole and I agreed with each other that we would let each other into our spaces intimately. Whatever it was, we were gonna do it real. And I think we pulled it off.

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Aaron Eckhart Revealed (from 2010)

Men’s Health – Focused and fit, The Dark Knight’s Aaron Eckhart has a blast at everything he does. How? By staying in motion even when he chills out

Aaron Eckhart surfboard

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Here’s the thing about actor Aaron Eckhart: He talks like he’s the ultimate artistic chill-out-on-the-couch type, but his actions reveal a very different kind of man. He separates work from everything else, but “everything else” is in motion, in flux. He runs on the beach. Hikes. Surfs. Plays guitar. Takes road trips from Los Angeles to his ranch in Montana.

Eckhart’s work time feeds his non-work time and vice versa. Most of us either shut down at the 5 o’clock whistle or simply don’t acknowledge a whistle at all. We become one-note entities that way. Eckhart’s goal is to hit as many notes as humanly possible, and that requires constant motion. It’s not to be confused with workaholism, or attention-deficit disorder, or an unwillingness to commit. It’s curiosity and hunger, pure and simple.

One of Eckhart’s most important life rules is to turn everyday, mandatory activities into playtime. “I won’t do it if it’s not fun, and if I have to do it, I’ll make it fun,” he says. Sounds simple, but how exactly do you make a mandatory activity fun? “I play games with myself. You can completely change your mood. If I have to crawl out of bed to take my dog for a walk, then I make that as enjoyable as possible. I tell myself, Hey, I can read a photography magazine while I do it. I’ll climb out of bed and by the time I see my dog, I’m a totally changed person.” How can you adopt the same kind of mindset? It’s all about embracing the power of play.

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WISE WORDS: ‘Sully’ Star Aaron Eckhart On Harrison Ford’s Advice, Nicole Kidman’s Kindness And His Search For A Wife

Huffington Post – For the latest in our WISE WORDS interview series – where stars from a whole range of fields share the important life lessons they’ve learned along the way – we’re posing some of the big questions to Aaron Eckhart.

Following his breakthrough roles in ‘Erin Brockovich’ and ‘Thank You for Smoking’, Aaron found blockbuster success as attorney Harvey Dent in ‘The Dark Knight’. He’s also starred in ‘The Pledge’, ‘Rabbit Hole’ and ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and its sequel.

His latest film, ‘Sully’, sees him share screen-time with Tom Hanks, co-starring as First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, the co-pilot sitting in the cockpit of US Airways Flight 1549 alongside Captain Chesley Sullenberger in January 2009, when a freak flock of geese few into the engines, and swift decisions had to be made, to save hundreds of lives, and create one of the most memorable visions ever to be seen on the New York landscape, the sight of a jet plane full of passengers sitting on top of the Hudson River.

To celebrate the film’s release, Aaron spoke to Huff Post UK about some of the lessons he’s learned along the way, how Harrison Ford gave him the words that secured his success, and how a spontaneous act of kindness by  Nicole Kidman filled his heart …

What do you do to switch off from the world?
I have a ranch in Montana and on that ranch there is very little relaxing going on. I mostly chop wood, move large rocks, cut dead wood, cut trees down. Till the land, that’s what I do. It’s not at all Hollywood. It’s very redneck. I grow my beard and spend the day in mud. That’s the real me.Or I would be on my bicycle, going up a hill. It’s the left-right motion of the brain, just like walking, puts you in a trance. Your biggest inspiration comes when you’re in that hypnotic state. That’s why people get their best ideas on long walks, riding bikes, anything with that left-right motion. I love quiet.

How do you deal with negativity that comes your way?
I’m working on that quite hard. What I’m working on is that, you cannot control anybody else, the sooner you accept the person without changing them, the better off you’ll be. Instead of trying to impede the sound of others, whether it’s a dog barking, or a traffic noise, if you can train your mind not to engage with that sound but to protect yourself within, then you can have peace and tranquillity in the midst of chaos, then that to me is the biggest evolution of life.I’m not perfect about it, but even if you’re cognisant of it, then you can start to switch. I’m a light sleeper and I have an issue with a neighbour with a dog. I don’t want to fight with him, engage with him, bring him into my world. I want to inoculate myself so that it doesn’t matter if there are 15 dogs barking. That’s a daily pursuit that I have.

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Aaron Eckhart: ‘I have a terrible reputation’

The Telegraph – I meet Aaron Eckhart in London, early on a Saturday evening. He is dressed in a dinner jacket and a straight black satin tie for a secret assignation with Bafta. “I had it pressed for this,” he jokes.

Aaron Eckhart in black shirt

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The suit is slim but not skinny, an important distinction for Eckhart, who, though so chiselled he could probably be used as a weapon, describes himself as “just an older man”, determined to “take the sexuality out of it”. (He is 48.) “Which is interesting in this business,” he adds, “because they try to sexualise everything. You know, all the suits are rail-thin and they’re tight and I’m like: ‘You guys! What are we trying to accomplish?'”

If you think that’s oversharing, it’s nothing. Within five minutes, Eckhart has told me that for his new film, Bleed for This, in which he plays the washed-up boxing coach Kevin Rooney, he put on 18kg, bought huge trousers but never buttoned them up, and shot the whole film “with poison oak all over my backside”. “Why are we talking about this?” he says, as if to himself.

Then he goes on.

“Three months before this movie started, I circled the day on the calendar and said: ‘I’m gonna put away the arugula salad and I’m gonna go for pizzas and banana splits’.” The weight gain led to a great deal of discomfort, he confides.

People who’ve seen Bleed for This all seem to emerge from the cinema with the same question: how long did it take you to realise Kevin Rooney was Eckhart? We first see him slumped on a floor in a stupor, and when roused, he moves so lethargically, and slouches so heavily over his enormous stomach that it’s impossible to tell who the actor is. Even after he finally lifts his bald head it’s not clear. Rooney is so far from the sort of alpha male role Eckhart seems cut out for that even if you know he’s in the film, you assume he must be playing another part.

Ben Younger, the director, gave an early screening to Steven Soderbergh, who directed Eckhart in Erin Brockovich, and, Eckhart tells me, “Ten minutes after I had entered the film Steven said: ‘Who is that guy?'”

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Aaron Eckhart: The Hero With at Least Two Faces

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.”

 

Aaron Eckhart on location in Los Angeles.

Aaron Eckhart

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.

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