Already well-known to audiences in his native Australia, ERIC BANA (Martin Rose) was first introduced to the worldwide film community with his portrayal of real-life (and larger-than-life) crime figure Mark "Chopper" Read in Andrew Dominik's Chopper, which had its U.S. premiere at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His performance in the title role earned him Film Critics Circle of Australia and Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards for Best Actor.
He subsequently starred in Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and Australian writer/director Bill Bennett's comedy The Nugget.
Mr. Bana next played Bruce Banner in Ang Lee's The Hulk; portrayed Hector, Prince of Troy, in Wolfgang Petersen's Troy; performed in voiceover for Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich's Academy Award-winning animated blockbuster Finding Nemo; and starred for director Steven Spielberg in the acclaimed Munich.
He has also starred opposite Drew Barrymore and Robert Downey Jr. in Curtis Hanson's Lucky You; alongside Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, as King Henry VIII, in Justin Chadwick's The Other Boleyn Girl; and with Rachel McAdams in Robert Schwentke's The Time Traveler's Wife.
Mr. Bana's other films include the Australian feature Romulus, My Father, directed by Richard Roxburgh, for which his performance in the title role earned him a second AFI Award for Best Actor; Judd Apatow's Funny People, with Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann; Stefan Ruzowitzky's Deadfall, alongside Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kris Kristofferson, and Sissy Spacek; and J.J. Abrams' smash Star Trek, as the villainous Nero.
He previously starred for Focus Features in Joe Wright's adventure thriller Hanna, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett. He will next be seen starring as part of the ensemble in Peter Berg's fact-based military drama Lone Survivor; and in Scott Derrickson's paranormal thriller Beware the Night, with Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn.
His first film as director, the dramatic documentary feature Love the Beast, had its U.S. premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. He appears in the film with -- among others -- Jay Leno, Dr. Phil, and Jeremy Clarkson. Love the Beast explores the meaning of Mr. Bana's 25- year-long (and counting) relationship with his first car, and the importance of the bonds that form through a common passion.
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