Eric Bana
Australian actor
Eric Bana
Eric Bana is an Australian film and television actor. He began his career as a comedian in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biopic Chopper.
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Casey Sherman -- Uncovering Truth, Justice, and Super Heroes
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Casey Sherman is an author, screenwriter, and journalist, whose work includes the books, A Rose for Mary, Black Irish, Black Dragon, Bad Blood, The Finest Hours, Animal, The Way Back Esquire, and Boston Strong. His book, The Finest Hours, which he wrote with Michael Tougias will be released this month as a major motion pictures staring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana. Sherman is a Massachusetts native who has made a career in archaeology, kind of. In fact, when it comes to digging up and exposing new light on deeply buried stories of truth, justice, and super heroes, he's the best. What does it take to find those stories? How does one man uncover the stories that have unknowingly escaped history? Here's what I learned when I had the rare opportunity to recover a great story of my is Casey Sherman, exposed. The Finest Hours - For Sherman, some of the finest hours of his life have involved closely listening to the amazing real life stories lived out by others, ...
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Seeing My Friend Depicted in 'Lone Survivor'
NYTimes - about 3 years
John Ismay, a former Navy officer, meets with the actor Eric Bana, who plays the role of his friend in the movie “Lone Survivor.”
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How 'Lone Survivor' Breaks The Action-Movie Mold
MTV News - about 3 years
Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana talk to MTV news about paying tribute to Navy SEALs in the new flick. By Kase Wickman, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
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New on DVD and Blu-ray, Jan. 10
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Closed Circuit Terrorists wage war against British government officials who are almost as evil, in this thriller starring Eric Bana as a barrister defending a man accused of a horrific crime. Runner Runner Justin Timberlake plays a math whiz who is cheated at an online gambling site and seeks satisfaction from the man who runs it (Ben Affleck). The movie tries to be glamorous, full of intrigue and adventure, but the storytelling is clumsy and the film is disappointing. Thanks for Sharing This comedy-drama is a well-meaning, sporadically entertaining and ultimately formulaic look at the struggles of a group of recovering sex addicts.
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'Indestructible Hulk' Writer Can't Hardly Waid for More of Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner
MTV News - over 3 years
by Paul Montgomery Though Mark Ruffalo's world-weary Bruce Banner appeared as recently as the post-credits coda to this summer's "Iron Man 3," his not-to-jolly green counterpart the Hulk last surfaced in "Marvel's The Avengers." Little over a calendar year, but for those audience members that went berserk for the green behemoth, it feels like a lifetime since Ruffalo got to cut loose. The pang of that absence is only accentuated by the reluctance of Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige to, ahem, greenlight a new solo feature for the character or even entertain the possibility. It's understandable given the Hulk's accumulated false starts with Eric Bana in 2003 and Edward Norton in 2008, but should the big guy be relegated to team-ups in Whedon's "Avengers" films, or does he deserve another shot in some hypothetical feature we'll call "The Indestructible Hulk"? That title originates, of course, with the ongoing comics series by writer Mark Waid and a succession of wunderkind artists lik ...
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Now Playing
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The film has a hot-button subject - two adult women friends have affairs with each other's son - and two appealing stars in Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, but there's no way to take it as seriously as it wants to be taken. Blue Jasmine Set in San Francisco and New York, this story of a woman who goes from fabulous wealth to destitution provides Cate Blanchett with her best role and represents another jewel in the crown of Woody Allen, who continues to experience a renaissance in his 70s. Closed Circuit Terrorists wage war against British government officials who are almost equally evil, in this thriller starring Eric Bana as a barrister defending a man accused of a horrific crime. The Conjuring This horror movie by "Saw" director James Wan is artfully crafted from the first scares to the closing credits, with a classic vibe that includes a 1972 setting that will remind fans of "The Exorcist." Wan relies on practical effects and other retro touches, but still packs the movie with ten ...
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Now Playing
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Blue Jasmine Set in San Francisco and New York, this story of a woman who goes from fabulous wealth to destitution provides Cate Blanchett with her best role and represents another jewel in the crown of Woody Allen, who continues to experience a renaissance in his 70s. Bounty Killer What if you remade "For a Few Dollars More" with a low-rent heartthrob (Matthew Marsden) in the Clint Eastwood role and a hot babe (Christian Pitre) in place of Lee Van Cleef, set it in the post-apocalypse, replicated the production design of "The Road Warrior" and added humor? Closed Circuit Terrorists wage war against British government officials who are almost as evil, in this thriller starring Eric Bana as a barrister defending a man accused of a horrific crime. The Conjuring This horror movie by "Saw" director James Wan is artfully crafted from the first scares to the closing credits, with a classic vibe that includes a 1972 setting that will remind fans of "The Exorcist." Wan relies on practical e ...
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Rebecca Hall, Finding New Thrills In The Family Business
NPR - over 3 years
The British-American actress co-stars opposite Eric Bana in the surveillance-state thriller Closed Circuit. She joins NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about playing a barrister, working with her celebrated Shakespearean father and being inspired by her opera-singer mom. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Cinema Royale Breaks Down Film Podcasting
Talk Radio Blog - over 3 years
This week, host and film critic Travis Hopson visited BlogTalkRadio University to share tips on how to host a successful film podcast. Travis started out hosting Punchdrunk Critics on BlogTalkRadio a few years back and just this year branched off to do a solo podcast on the network called Cinema Royale. He has interviewed some really spectacular talent in the movie biz including his recent interview with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who you may know from their work on the box office smash trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End.  Listen as Travis walks you through the best way to approach talent, develop your show and gain credibility in the film world with your podcast. Even if you’re not a film buff, you will learn something new – we promise!  Tune in here. Travis will be interviewing actor Eric Bana this Friday about his new thriller Closed Circuit. You can tune in here to that episode.    Be sure to follow Cinema Royale to keep up with Travis’s upcoming interviews an ...
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Movie review: 'Closed Circuit' cranks up paranoia over Big Brother
LATimes - over 3 years
John Crowley's timely thriller starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall and Julia Stiles about government surveillance and terrorism in Britain is well acted. "Closed Circuit" is a crisply enjoyable, professionally executed paranoid thriller of the "everyone is out to get us" variety. In an earlier, simpler day, its plotting would have been dismissed as far-fetched, but that was then and this is now.
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Eric Bana talks 'Closed Circuit': We planted Snowden, he's in our Russian holding cell now
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES ( - "Closed Circuit," the story of a high-profile terrorist bomber case, draws on the legacy of 1970s political thrillers like "The Parallax View" and "Three Days of a Condor" to create a film that feels very much of the moment. The political and social events that fed paranoia about bureaucratic malfeasance in that decade - the Pentagon Papers and Vietnam - have changed, giving way to things like Wikileaks or Edward Snowden. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eric Bana
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In April 2016, he starred as Frank Bonneville, a struggling radio journalist, in Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondents on Netflix.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    Having read Marcus Luttrell's autobiographical account as a United States Navy SEAL, Lone Survivor, he was willing to appear in the 2013 film adaptation regardless of which role he was offered.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, he portrayed Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen. The following year he starred as Ralph Sarchie, a police sergeant who investigated paranormal cases, in the supernatural horror film Deliver Us from Evil. The film was released on 2 July 2014 and grossed US$87.9 million worldwide.
    In 2013, he played Lt. Cmdr.
    More Details Hide Details Erik S. Kristensen in the war film Lone Survivor and in the following year he played police sergeant Ralph Sarchie in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil. An accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australia's highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana has performed across a wide spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies and drama to science fiction and action thrillers.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    In 2011, Bana appeared as Erik Heller in the action thriller film Hanna, starring alongside Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett.
    More Details Hide Details The film became another success for Bana as it opened at No. 2 at the United States box office.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    In 2010, Bana was named the "Saints Number One Ticket Holder".
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  • 2009
    Age 40
    Bana's love for St Kilda FC resulted in the club being featured in the film Funny People and in Bana's promotion of the film in 2009, notably on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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    Bana appeared on the British motoring show Top Gear on 15 November 2009 as a guest for its "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment.
    More Details Hide Details Bana is a prominent fan of Australian rules football. His love of the sport began at a young age when his godfather took him to games to see the St Kilda Football Club, his favourite team in the Australian Football League. Bana can often be seen at AFL games when he is back in Australia.
    In 2009 he released a documentary named Love The Beast.
    More Details Hide Details The film details the central role that racing and fixing this same car has played in his life and the lives of his friends.) In 2004, Bana purchased a Porsche 944 to compete in Australia's Porsche Challenge. Competing throughout 2004, he often finished in the top ten and in November, finished fourth at the Sandown event, a personal best. On 21 April 2007 Bana crashed his 1974 XB Falcon Coupe in the Targa Tasmania rally. Neither he nor his co-driver were injured.
    In 2009, Bana released a self-produced and directed documentary-style film called Love the Beast.
    More Details Hide Details It details his personal relationship with his first car and follows his progression as a car lover. Along the way he seeks guidance and wisdom from the inner sanctum of his three lifelong friends, as well as celebrities Jay Leno, Jeremy Clarkson, and Dr. Phil.
    In August 2009, he appeared as Henry DeTamble in the film adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife.
    More Details Hide Details Bana also co-starred with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature, about stand-up comics, titled Funny People, marking Bana's first appearance in an American mainstream comedy.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    In 2007, he also returned to his Australian TV roots by appearing in hit comedy Kath & Kim as himself.
    More Details Hide Details Bana's next project was the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). In the film he played Henry VIII of England opposite Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. Bana was surprised to be offered the role and admitted that he "probably would have just passed it on without even opening it" if it had been presented to him under a different title. The following year, he co-starred with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in the science fiction film Star Trek. In the film, Bana played Nero, a Romulan mining ship captain who attempts to exact revenge on Spock, whom he blames for the destruction of his homeworld and its inhabitants. The film was a critical success and grossed over US$380 million worldwide.
    Lucky You, a romantic comedy on which Bana worked before filming Munich, was released in early 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, he played Huck Cheever, a professional poker player who must overcome his personal problems to win a high-stakes tournament in Las Vegas. His next film was the Australian drama Romulus, My Father (2007). The film, based on Raimond Gaita's memoir of the same name, portrays a couple and their struggle in the face of adversity to raise their son. The film was a critical success, and Bana's performance earned him a second Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    In 2006, Bana was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, Bana narrated the documentary Terrors of Tasmania about the endangered Tasmanian devil.
    More Details Hide Details The film followed the life of a female Tasmanian Devil called Manganinnie and discussed the incurable facial cancer which threatens the survival of the species. He has also worked with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, donating money to animal shelters in Berlin while filming Troy in 2004. In 2007, Bana introduced the episode Some Meaning in This Life of the ABC-TV documentary series Australian Story. The episode paid tribute to Australian actress Belinda Emmett (who co-starred with Bana in the film The Nugget) and her long struggle with cancer to which she had succumbed the previous year.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    In 2004, he appeared in several high-profile advertisements for the fellowship.
    More Details Hide Details Bana is also active in campaigns with the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Bone Marrow Donor Institute. Since 1995, he has participated in the Motorcycle Riders Association Toy Run in Melbourne, which raises money and toys for needy children at Christmas.
    In 2004, Bana co-starred with Brad Pitt in the big-budget film Troy.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, he played Prince Hector, leader of the Trojan forces battling against the Greek warrior Achilles. The film was an international success, grossing US$364 million, with US$133 million in the US. After the critical disappointment of Hulk and Troy, critics questioned Bana's bankability in big-budget films. He responded in Empire Magazine: "It's not like it Hulk was a flop. When you're on a long shoot it is a long personal investment. If I wasn't happy with the end result I'd be bloody upset, but in every case so far I've been happy. Troy could take $50 and I wouldn't regret it."
  • 2000
    Age 31
    Bana read the script after filming Chopper in 2000 and was drawn to it because it reminded him of his childhood and because he found its characters amusing and likeable.
    More Details Hide Details While filming The Nugget, Bana was offered the lead role of Bruce Banner in the film adaptation of the popular Marvel Comic book series The Incredible Hulk. Only after learning of director Ang Lee's involvement in the project did he consider the role. Bana admired Lee for his work on the film The Ice Storm and agreed to work on the film before the final script was complete. He said he was drawn to the film because "the character of Bruce Banner had dramatic potential" and was "a fairly non-traditional superhero". Hulk (2003) received mixed reviews and a moderate success at the box office, but Bana's performance was praised: Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News felt that Bana played the role of Bruce Banner "with great conviction". Bana earned an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nomination for "Cinescape Genre Face of the Future" for the film.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    They married in 1997, after Bana proposed to her on a trip to the United States, which he won from Cleo Magazine after being named their "Bachelor of the Year" in 1996.
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    In 1997, in spite of his lack of experience in dramatic roles, Bana was approached by director Andrew Dominik to appear in the film Chopper (2000), a biographical film based on the life of infamous Australian criminal Chopper Read.
    More Details Hide Details Dominik had been working on the project for five years, but was unable to find an actor to portray Read. Only after Read himself suggested Bana, having seen him perform a skit on television, did Dominik consider him for the part. For the role, Bana shaved his head, gained thirty pounds, and spent two days with Read to perfect his mimicry. During filming he arrived on set at four in the morning and spent five hours being covered in Read's trademark tattoos. In spite of the film's limited release outside of Australia, Bana's performance received positive reviews. American film critic Roger Ebert complimented Bana, stating that "in a comedian named Eric Bana the filmmakers have found, I think, a future star... He has a quality no acting school can teach you and few actors can match. You cannot look away from him". Chopper was a critical and financial success in Australia, and was nominated for Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2001. Bana's performance won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor.
    Even so, in 1997, he received a Logie Award for "Most Popular Comedy Personality" for his work on the show.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Bana made his film debut in the Australian film The Castle, which tells the story of a Melbourne-based family's struggles to keep their home by Melbourne's airport as the airport authority force them to move. He was featured in a supporting role as Con Petropoulous, a kickboxing accountant who is the householder's son-in-law. The Castle was a surprise critical and financial success, earning A$10,326,428 at the box office in Australia.
  • 1995
    Age 26
    In 1995, while working on the television series Full Frontal, Bana began dating Rebecca Gleeson, a publicist with the Seven Network and daughter of then Chief Justice of New South Wales, and later Chief Justice of Australia, Murray Gleeson.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    This success led him to record the comedy album Out of Bounds in 1994 and to host his own television special, titled Eric, in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The show, a collection of sketches featuring everyday characters, prompted him to launch a sketch comedy series The Eric Bana Show. The series, written and performed by Bana, featured skits, stand-up and celebrity guests, but failed to attract a substantial audience and was cancelled after only eight episodes due to low ratings.
  • 1993
    Age 24
    In 1993, Bana made his television debut on Steve Vizard's late night talk show, Tonight Live.
    More Details Hide Details His performance gained the attention of producers from the sketch comedy series, Full Frontal, who invited him to join the show as a writer and performer. During his four years on the show, Bana wrote much of his own material, and based some of his characters on members of his family. His impressions of Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Cruise made Bana popular with the show's audience.
  • 1991
    Age 22
    However, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try comedy while working as a barman at Melbourne's Castle Hotel.
    More Details Hide Details His stand-up gigs in inner-city pubs did not provide him with enough income to support himself, however, so he continued his work as a barman and waiting tables.
  • 1974
    Age 5
    Bana purchased his first car, a 1974 XB Ford Falcon coupé, at the age of fifteen for A$1100 and driving it, made his motor sport racing debut in 1996's Targa Tasmania, a week-long race around the island state of Tasmania. (Bana has had this car for more than a quarter century.
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  • 1972
    Age 3
    The following year, Bana co-starred with Daniel Craig and Geoffrey Rush in Steven Spielberg's controversial film Munich. Bana played Avner, a Mossad agent, who is ordered to track down and kill the Black September terrorists thought to be responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical success, and was nominated for five Academy Awards in 2006. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Bana as Avner "projects a combination of sensitivity and ruthlessness and... knows how to present a face for which worry is a new experience."
  • 1968
    Born on August 9, 1968.
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