Aaron Eckhart (born March 12th 1968)
Aaron Eckhart is an American actor best known for his roles in 2006's 'Thank You for Smoking' and 2008's 'The Dark Knight'.
Childhood: Aaron Eckhart was born in Cupertino, California. Her parents are author Mary Martha Eckhart and computer executive James Conrad Eckhart. He was raised as a Latter-day Saints Mormon and was a missionary for his faith in France and Switzerland. When he was 13, he moved to England and attended American Community School where he began acting. He later moved to Australia where he went to the American International School of Sydney. He left school to get a job at Warringah Mall movie theatre but completed his studies on an adult course later. He took a gap year to go surfing and skiing around the world before majoring in film at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He transferred to the same school in Utah and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Film career: Aaron Eckhart made his film debut in a Mormon movie called 'Godly Sorrow' before re-locating to New York and landing an agent. His early work included roles in 'Aliens in the Family' and 'Slaughter of the Innocents'. In 1997, he appeared in the film 'In the Company of Men' directed by Neil LaBute and was highly praised for his work as a sociopathic misogynist. His next movie was also directed by LaBute, 'Your Friends & Neighbors'. Eckhart's breakthrough role was in 2000's 'Erin Brockovich' opposite Julia Roberts. That year he also appeared alongside Renée Zellweger in 'Nurse Betty'. He played a detective with Jack Nicholson in the well-received Sean Penn movie 'The Pledge' in 2001. He followed that up with romance drama 'Possession' with Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2003 he appeared in the poorly reviewed 'The Core' with Hilary Swank and 'Paycheck' opposite Ben Affleck, as well as 'The Missing' alongside Cate Blanchett. In 2004, his performance in 'Suspect Zero' was positively reviewed despite general critical and commercial disappointment. That year he also appeared in the stage play 'Oleanna' opposite Julia Stiles. Eckhart was nominated for a Golden Globe for his very well-reviewed role in 2006's 'Thank You for Smoking'. He also featured with Helena Bonham Carter in 'Conversations with Other Women'. 2007 saw him play a chef alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in 'No Reservations'; a remake of the original German movie 'Mostly Martha'. The following year he gained weight to play the title charatcter in the comedy 'Meet Bill'. That year saw him in one of his iconic roles yet; the character Harvey Dent/Two Face in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight'. In 2011, he co-starred with Johnny Depp in the movie adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel 'The Rum Diary'. 2013 saw him in political thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen'.
Personal life: Aaron Eckhart has previously had relationships with actress Emily Cline, with whom he was once engaged, and singer Kristyn Osborn. Eckhart is open about his Mormon faith, though has admitted he has strayed away from the religion over the years. He enjoys photography and wanted to be a songwriter before embarking on an acting career.
It didn't seem possible, but somehow this action movie is even more preposterous than its predecessor, 2013's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen. Gerard Butler is back as a Secret Service agent protecting US President Aaron Eckhart, this time in a Taken-style scenario in which they leave America only to be immediately thrown into the middle of a massive terrorist attack. But the script is so lazy that there isn't a moment when any of this is remotely believable.
Events are put into motion when the British prime minister dies of a heart attack and security services only have a few days to lock down London so that the world's leaders can arrive for the funeral at St Paul's Cathedral. Mike (Butler) flies in with his boss Lynn (Bassett) on Air Force One, accompanying President Asher (Eckhart) and a platoon of bodyguards. Then just before the funeral, a carefully orchestrated series of bombings and gun attacks take out five heads of state. Of course, Mike and Lynn get Asher out of the fray, but an army of bad guys led by terror mastermind Kamran (Waleed Zuaiter) pursue them across the city. Back in Washington, Vice President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and the panicky cabinet (including Haley, Forster and Leo) watch all of this unfold on video screens and coordinates a counter-attack.
Even with four screenwriters, the movie makes no real sense. And worse than that, the filmmakers never take advantage of the story's potential or the heavy-hitting cast. There's a line about how all of London's landmarks have been destroyed, but the on-screen destruction is limited to just one of Westminster Abbey's towers. The depiction of world leaders is laughably cliched. And the award-winning actors have nothing to do but stand there looking worried. By contrast, Butler charges around shooting and stabbing everybody who moves in a display of shockingly brutal machismo. Eckhart is more believably reluctant to join in and dispense some violence, but of course he does.
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Aaron Eckhart - Premiere of Focus Features' 'London Has Fallen' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Arrivals at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 1st March 2016
Claustrophobic actress Angela Bassett discovered she was terrified of flying in a helicopter while shooting action thriller London Has Fallen.
The 57-year-old reprises her role as the Director of the Secret Service in the sequel to Antoine Fuqua's 2013 release Olympus Has Fallen, and the star admits filming scenes up in the air for this movie proved to be a really harrowing experience.
However, the Waiting to Exhale beauty had no idea the chopper ride would trigger her fear of small spaces until it was too late.
"I don't like elevators, I don't like being in small places...," she explained to U.S. talk show host Conan O'Brien. "I worked with the dearly departed Wes Craven years ago and he had me in a coffin (for Vampire in Brooklyn) and closed up, so I get a little claustrophobic..."
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This time, the terrorists target the Brits.
Following the close call the White House and the President was exposed to at the hands of North Korean maniacs in 'Olympus Has Fallen', terrorists turn their attentions to the UK in the tense sequel appropriately (if not imaginatively) named 'London Has Fallen'. And Gerard Butler has returned.
Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart go for round two with the terrorists
If you weren't familiar with the plot of 'Olympus Has Fallen' or simply have it totally confused with 2013's other terrorism film 'White House Down' (don't worry, you're not the only one), then here's a brief overview: North Korean terrorists take President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) hostage, threaten to irradiate the US in a bid to unify Korea without any interruptions, Special Forces agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) comes in and saves the day with seconds to spare.
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President Benjamin Asher must make a diplomatic trip to the capital of the United Kingdom after the British Prime Minister is killed. The death of the Prime Minister is shroud in mystery and Asher's number one Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, can't help but feel that the trip is going too smoothly.
Having each of the world's leaders all in one place, it's a hugely appealing target for terrorists. As the funeral proceedings begin to come together, Banning's worst fears come true. The world's stability is left in the hands of the president, his secret service agent and a lone MI6 agent.
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Aaron Eckhart Got A Taste Of What He'll Look Like In His 80s As He Was Transformed Into Legendary College Football Coach Darrell Royal For New Movie My All American.
The Dark Knight star underwent a heavy make-up session so he could be aged as the revered Texas Longhorns legend, and admits he saw a lot of his father in the film.
"I felt like it was a pretty good representation of what I'm gonna look like when I'm old," he tells WENN. "I saw myself in it but I also saw how my face was gonna go and my hair; I saw a lot of my dad in that. Also that I really need to use good skin care products! My face is already falling off; I have so many wrinkles."
The actor reveals the movie was a lot tougher than he thought it would be - because he'd be upsetting so many loyal Longhorns fans if he screwed the film up.
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Actor Aaron Eckhart Is Terrified Of Upsetting Movie Icon Clint Eastwood On The Set Of New Movie Sully, Because He Wouldn't Be Able To Live With Himself If He Made His Hero Unhappy.
The Dark Knight star plays pilot Jeff Skiles in the new movie, which revolves around Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger's heroics as he landed an aircraft full of passengers on New York's Hudson River in 2009, and he admits having Eastwood as his director and Tom Hanks as his co-star took a lot of getting used to.
He tells WENN, "I don't want Clint to be mad at me! I've watched Clint as long as I've been alive and I know what he means to the film industry.
"I know what he means to actors and directors. I don't have to think of reasons why I need to honour Clint because it's in my body, so I don't want to do anything that makes him mad at me. And he knows how afraid I am; he wields it against me on a daily basis, and so does Tom (Hanks)."
Gerard Butler found it difficult to top the success of the 2013 action-thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen' with the upcoming sequel 'London Has Fallen'.
Gerard Butler insists the sequel to 'Olympus Has Fallen' will be ''pretty insane''.
The '300' actor - who will reprise his role as secret service agent Mike Banning in 'London Has Fallen' - claims it will be a struggle to make it as good as the original, but is convinced they'll be able to do so.
He told Collider.com: ''That ['London Has Fallen'] was one that kind of came out of nowhere. The first one ['Olympus Has Fallen'] was pretty insane and it's the same with this. How do you top that? But that's what we are trying to do right now.''
Even with its relentlessly cliched production design (trenchcoats and flickering candles galore), this raucous gothic thriller deploys enough visual flash to hold our attention. The gigantic effects-heavy action sequences are eye-catching and sometimes exciting, and there are elements of the story that almost begin to resonate before the script veers off in another more simplistic direction.
Based on a graphic novel, the story picks up where Mary Shelley's novel left off, as the monster (Eckhart) is attacked by demons that want to study his non-human existence. He's rescued by gargoyles, angelic protectors of humanity, and taken to their Queen Lenore (Miranda Otto), who names him Adam and enlists him in the demon-killing cause. Although her second-in-command (Courtney) isn't so sure. Over the next 200 years, Adam hones his skills before returning to Lenore just as the demon Prince Naberius (Nighy) is launching his evil plan to re-animate a dead army with the help of sexy scientist Terra (Strahovski) and Dr Frankenstein's journal. In other words, all hell is about to break loose.
Annoyingly, every time the plot begins to get interesting, writer-director Beattie indulges in another vacuous action set piece that's as irrelevant as the 3D. There's a decent story in here about the nature of the human soul, religious fervour and moral tenacity, but the film only uses these things as devices to make the dialog sound intelligent. Which is tricky since Beattie directs his cast to deliver their lines in growling, blurting monotone. Eckhart's voice-over narration is particularly dull. And this over-earnest tone leaves every potential relationship as a non-starter.
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The box office was quiet this weekend.
It was a tame weekend for the box office Friday through Sunday, with Ride Along keeping its top-spot status for a second week, according to figures compiled by Box Office Mojo.
Aaron Eckhart in 'I, Frankenstein'
I, Frankenstein only managed to fall in sixth with a disappointing return of $8.6m. Considering the horror/action/thriller was made on $65m and took on a huge marketing push in the last few weeks, Lionsgate won’t be pleased.
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'I, Frankenstein' has fallen far short of critics' expectations and has been highly criticised for having a weak script and poor acting.
I, Frankenstein, the latest adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel, has been crushed by critics and no electrical cables or extra body parts seem likely to rebuild its reputation.
Aaron Eckhart stars as Adam, Frankenstein's monster.
The creators of the Underworld saga have contributed to this supernatural monstrosity, which is hardly surprising considering the standards of the latter movies in that particular franchise. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux which places Frankenstein's monster in an alternative present day where gargoyles and demons struggle for dominance.
Continue reading: 'I, Frankenstein' Fails To Raise Critics' Pulses
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