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.
Aaron Eckhart is having a great year, with three movies in cinemas at the moment.
He's playing Tom Hanks' copilot in Sully, Miles Teller's boxing coach in Bleed for This and now a maverick exorcist in Incarnate. And he is enjoying the variety. "Early on in my career, I was very much into independent movies," he says. "I wanted to work with my heroes. I was the brooding actor, so it was very important that I stayed away from Hollywood. I did it very deliberately. And I'm glad I did because it made me who I am. But as I've gotten more experience, I feel like I've filled that quotient and I can let myself have fun."
He says the thing that pushed him out of the serious movie mould was the wordiness of the screenplays he was sent. "I'd gotten to a point where I would get scripts, and it would just be page after page of monologue, monologue, monologue," he laughs. "And I was just like, I don't want to say any more words! My ideal movie now is me on a train, just grunting."
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This is such a ripping true story that it can't help but grab hold of the audience, even if the film never quite breaks through the surface. A story of tenacious triumph in the face of seemingly impossible odds, it also offers Miles Teller a terrific against-type role as a beefy young boxer who simply won't take no for an answer. And the entire cast is just as surprising, adding textures to a movie that's a bit too straightforward for its own good.
This is the story of Vinny Pazienza (Teller), a young boxer who wins two world championships in two weight classes with the help of his father Angelo (Ciaran Hinds) and his trainer Kevin (Aaron Eckhart). Then at the top of his game, he breaks his neck in a car crash and is told he may never walk again, let alone fight. But Vinny is determined to remain the champ, so he returns to training, even though an injury could leave him permanently disabled. Kevin reluctantly agrees to train him, pushing him up into yet another weight class. And seeing the publicity possibilities, father-and-son promoters (Ted Levine and Jordan Gelber) set up a massive Vegas comeback match.
Writer-director Ben Younger shoots this with a steady authenticity, charging inexorably through the story in a way that echoes Vinny's singleminded determination. Along the way, there are strained relationships, a variety of physical and emotional obstacles, intense boxing matches and, of course, a few emotive training montage sequences. The story is so strong that the film can't help but be engaging and even rousing, even if there are very few shadings along the way. Vinny never seems to doubt himself at all, his family only barely objects to his potentially life-threatening decisions, and his opponents are clearly going down for the count.
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Aaron Eckhart attending the New York premiere of 'Bleed For This,' hosted by Open Road with Men's Fitness, at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, United States - Monday 14th November 2016
Vinny Paz always had the passion and drive to be the best boxer in which ever division he turned his hand to, he trained rigorously and his whole life revolved around winning the next title. Cheeky in nature Vinny immediately caught the attention of the sporting press earning himself the nickname 'The Pazmanian Devil' for his speed and ability to run circles around his competition in.
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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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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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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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Stiller, Bullock, Clooney and Hanks rule the red carpets at film festivals in New York and London, Radcliffe promotes Kill Your Darlings, we get a look at January's I Frankenstein, and Tarantino declares his best of the year ...
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott.
Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today.
Adam is the original creature created by Dr. Frankenstein 200 years ago and has taken on his maker's surname having been mourning his death for so long. He now returns to society having been hidden away in the North Pole for the last two centuries and finds that he is stronger than any other lifeform on the planet. However, he soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly battle between two different immortal forces of the world that are determined to take over the planet. Adam wants to save the human race that he was born into and that once showed him mercy, but how can he when he's one guy against so many unstoppable beings who are determined to destroy him no matter what?
'I, Frankenstein' is the thrilling fantasy adventure written and directed by Stuart Beattie ('Tomorrow, When the War Began', 'Australia', '30 Days of Night') and based on the as yet unpublished graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux. It acts as a sequel to the original 1818 gothic novel 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley, bringing Frankenstein's monster into a modern society that is under threat by more of his own kind. The film is set to be released in the UK on January 24th 2014.
As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous its script becomes. Because the production values are first-rate, with mammoth set pieces, rampant destruction and elaborate stunt action. Meanwhile, the plot and dialog are comically inane, to the point where knowing audience members start giggling helplessly. And frankly, these viewers will enjoy the film a lot more than anyone who tries to take it seriously.
The film opens with a harrowing scene in which Secret Service agent Mike (Butler) saves the President (Echkart) from an accident in which the First Lady (Judd) dies. So he's transferred to office duty, and now only keeps an eye on the White House from across the road. But this is how he spots a fringe group of radical Koreans launch an assault. Led by nutcase Kang (Yune) they storm the Oval Office and take the President, Defense Secretary (Leo) and others hostage. As Mike tries to break them free, he stays in touch with the temporary command centre at the Pentagon, where top dogs (including Freeman, Forster and Bassett) attempt to keep the menace from spreading.
But of course, these officials are useless, and it'll be up to Mike to save the day on his own, Die Hard-style. Improbably, all of his old access codes and passwords still work, so he's able to sneak around the White House and take out the villains one by one. Butler turns out to be rather good in this kind of meathead role, combining Bruce Willis' wit with Sylvester Stallone's brawn. By contrast, everyone else pretty much just sits around saying ridiculous things like, "Oh my God, we're doomed!" At least Leo gets to show some backbone.
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