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
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
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.