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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 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.
“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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Independent – Aaron Eckhart is recounting a tale that, you feel, he’ll be telling his grandchildren in years to come – the time he first met Clint Eastwood. He spotted the 86-year-old actor-director a few years ago at the Golden Globes. “He was surrounded by [Steven] Spielberg and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie… I just made my way up to Clint, who doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall, and I said, ‘sir, I just hope to work with you one day.’ He looks at me, kinda like Dirty Harry, and he says, ‘yeah, we’ll see what’s shakin’.”
To be fair to Eckhart, he’s a tad more than “a hole in the wall”. His 20-year career has seen him directed by the likes of Sean Penn, in The Pledge (2001), Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight (2008), and Brian De Palma The Black Dahlia (2006). But the 48-year-old can’t help but flush with the memory. “I was like, ‘oh fuck’. I was embarrassed, I was humiliated. I was in front of everybody. I walked away saying, ‘that’ll never happen’.” He takes a sip from his cup of tea. “And it happened.”
Eastwood’s Sully is one of two new movies Eckhart stars in. The other is Bleed For This, Ben Younger’s boxing drama. In both, he plays a real-life person. His character is Jeff Skiles, co-pilot on the infamous US Airways Flight 1549 – on 15 January 2009, the jet was forced to emergency-land on New York’s Hudson River after a flock of birds hit both engines shortly after take-off.
“Playing a real person, if they’re alive, is daunting – because they have to live with the results of your efforts,” says Eckhart, who stars alongside Tom Hanks – Hanks plays Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the pilot who heroically landed the plane. “There are some people on Earth who are only going to know Sully as Tom Hanks. And Jeff Skiles, certainly, as me. Now that’s a big responsibility. Jeff still flies. I want people to come up to Jeff and go, ‘hey, that was an awesome movie’.”
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.
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?'”
Aaron Eckhart has played a variety of roles through the years ― from Harvey Dent/Two-Face in “The Dark Knight” to a tobacco lobbyist in “Thank You For Smoking.”
But the 48-year-old actor says his most challenging role to date happens to be his most recent. Eckhart portrays real-life trainer Kevin Rooney in the boxing drama “Bleed For This,” which follows the true story of Vinny Pazienza, a world champion boxer who breaks his neck in a car crash.
“The accent, for me, was terrifying in the sense that you have a Staten Island broken-nosed boxer guy from the streets. He has a higher register, which I really tried to get,” Eckhart told The Huffington Post’s Lauren Moraski.
To prepare for the part, Eckhart closely watched tapes of Rooney and also spent time at boxing matches to get a sense of how the sport works.
He also packed on roughly 40 pounds for the role. When he’s had to gain weight for movies in the past, Eckhart went straight for a diet of pizza, fast food and banana splits. This time, Eckhart initially tried working with a nutritionist, who put him on a meal plan focused on beans and other healthier food options. But two weeks before filming began, Eckhart hadn’t put on the pounds. So, he changed course completely, ditched the beans and consumed lots of pepperoni pizza.
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