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Already well-known to audiences in his native Australia, ERIC BANA (Erik Kristensen) was first introduced to the worldwide film community with his portrayal of the 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 awards for Best Actor from the Film Critics Circle of Australia and Australian Film Institute.

Bana subsequently starred in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and Australian writer/director Bill Bennett's comedy The Nugget. Bana next played Bruce Banner in Ang Lee's Hulk; portrayed Hector, the prince of Troy, in Wolfgang Petersen's Troy; voiced a character in Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich's Academy Award-winning animated blockbuster Finding Nemo; and starred in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed Munich.

Bana also starred in Curtis Hanson's Lucky You, opposite Drew Barrymore and Robert Downey, Jr.; Justin Chadwick's The Other Boleyn Girl, alongside Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson; and Robert Schwentke's The Time Traveler's Wife, with Rachel McAdams.

Bana's additional film credits include the Australian feature Romulus, My Father, directed by Richard Roxburgh, for which he won his second Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead 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' hit Star Trek, as the villainous Nero.

Bana most recently starred in John Crowley's Closed Circuit, opposite Rebecca Hall, for Focus Features. Bana's company Pick Up Truck Productions acquired the Australian distribution rights to Closed Circuit and will release the film there later this year along with director/producer Robert Connolly's CinemaPlus. He was previously seen in Joe Wright's adventure thriller Hanna, opposite Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett, also for Focus Features. He will next be seen in Scott Derrickson's paranormal thriller Beware the Night, with Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn. Bana's directorial debut, the dramatic documentary feature Love the Beast, had its U.S. premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Bana appears in the film with Jay Leno, Dr. Phil and Jeremy Clarkson, among others. Love the Beast explores the meaning of 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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