Eric Bana Talks His Career Strategy and How He Got Started

From LATimes.com:

How he got started: He knew he wanted to act but had no idea how to get into it, so he wound up performing stand-up. Discovered quickly, he worked on sketch comedy television shows in Australia. After a few years he started feeling burned out, just at the time he was offered the lead role in the drama “Chopper,” a film about Mark “Chopper” Read, a legendary criminal in Australia. His intense performance resounded thousands of miles away in Hollywood.

On past roles: He likens his roles to tattoos: “They all leave a little bit behind.”

On career strategy: He employs no career strategy in choosing parts. “Just because I’ve been given the opportunity to play leading roles doesn’t mean I have to feel the pressure to always take them,” Bana says. He finds supporting roles like Nero and Clarke liberating. Working on a film for a short time is a much different ride than being on set every day.

On Playing Nero in Star Trek: “As crazy as it all seems, to be a Romulan and be on a spaceship and all that, you do have to take the time to tell yourself, ‘Well, hang on, this doesn’t work dramatically if I don’t actually take him seriously,’ ” Bana explains. “You’re in the middle of a completely ridiculous set trying to also give it the weight that it needs and deserves in the appropriate parts.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/denzel-washington-roman-j-israel-esq.jpg
Denzel Washington on ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and Why He Keeps Coming Back to Broadway
"I’m interested in different challenges, and challenging myself and just trying to get better." - Denzel Washington
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/chadwick-boseman-black-panther.jpg
Chadwick Boseman on Playing Black Panther: “I love him because the fantasy of playing a ruler – you never get to do that”
Boseman talks about portraying T'Challa's unique background on screen.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/willem-dafoe-the-florida-project.jpg
Willem Dafoe: “I don’t think you can keep doing the same thing as an actor and be free”
"All performing is about control and discipline versus abandon and just letting go." - Willem Dafoe
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/mandy-pantinkin-wonder.jpg
Mandy Patinkin: “I love doing research for any part that I do. That’s one of the most fun parts of being an actor to me”
Patinkin why he specifically sought a comedic project, the dedication he brings to his performances, and when his parents were finally convinced he could make a living as an actor.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/jodie-foster-silence-of-the-lambs.jpg
Jodie Foster Recalls How She Got Her Role in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’
Foster revealed how she landed the role as FBI agent Clarice Starling and why she only worked with her co-star briefly on set.