Eric Bana

Eric Bana

His role in 'Chopper' (2000)


"I think the media would love to tell you that your life is about to change but
that's a hunk of sh*t most of the time. It really is. They might think that's
empowering and that it'll change your life, but it just doesn't work that way.
So few people are dramatically affected by that stuff, and the rest of us are
blessed enough to just do whatever the hell we want 99% of the time." Eric Bana

Aussie actor Eric Bana is widely recognized for portraying the title roles in
the biopic Chopper (2000) and the comic-based The Hulk (2003). A former comedian
and TV star in his native country, Bana acted in such films as Black Hawk Down
(2001), The Nugget (2002), Finding Nemo (2003, voice) and Troy (2004).

The 6' 4" tall actor is a close friend of Hugh Jackman and a father of two. His
upcoming films include Lucky You, Munich, and Romulus, My Father.

Aussie Racer

Childhood and Family:

"I love being at home, being with friends and family. I'm of European stock,
brought up in Australia. I'm a passionate guy. I just love life." Eric Bana

The son of a Croatian father and German mother, Eric Banadinovich was born on
August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He has one older brother,
Anthony (banker), who was born in 1965. After finishing high school, Eric
studied classical acting and classical text in Sydney. One of his drama teachers
suggested he join the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney,

In 1997, Eric Bana tied the knot with Rebecca Gleeson. They currently reside in
Melbourne, Australia, along with their two children, son Klaus (born in August
1999) and daughter Sophia (born in April 2002). Bana, whose first car was an old
XB Coupe (purchased for $1000 when he was 15), is an avid bike and car racer in
Australia. He made his motor sport debut in 1996's Targa Tasmania, driving that
same 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe. Other competitions include the 2002 and 2003
Classic Adelaide.

"I race historic muscle cars back in Australia. And I try to race home as soon
as I'm finished a movie but don't tell anyone." Eric Bana

Fortunate Position


“I wanted to be a mechanic. When I was 14, I wanted to quit school and go work
on my car. But my dad said, ‘Son, you shouldn't do that. You should stay in
school until your education is finished, and when you're done, don't make your
hobby your job.’” Eric Bana

Originally thinking of becoming a mechanic, Eric Bana found himself doing such
odd jobs as washing cars at a service station, pushing trolleys at Coles New
World and working as a barman at Melbourne's Castle Hotel in 1991, in the latter
of which Bana began his career as a comedian. After doing stand-up comedy for a
couple years, Bana was picked as a regular for an Aussie sketch comedy TV show,
“Full Frontal,” where he stayed from 1993 to 1996. Bana followed it up with his
own 1996 comedy special titled Eric and two brief-run TV shows, “Eric” (Bana
also wrote and co-produced), a sketch comedy show featuring a slew of popular
Australian actors, as well as the variety show “The Eric Bana Show Live” (1997,
ran for eight episodes). By that time, he won a Logie (an Australian Television
Award) as the country's Most Popular Comedy Personality.

"Early, it was Richard Pryor. I did stand-up for 10 years before acting. And the
movie Mad Max (1979), it cemented in my mind that I wanted to be an actor." Eric

Bana decided to turn his career toward acting. He made his debut as kick boxer
Con Petropoulous in Rob Sitch's The Castle (1997, starring Michael Caton) and
played a reoccurring role in several episodes of the drama series "All Saints"
(November 1999-February 2000). The new millennium marked Bana with the
breakthrough role of legendary criminal Mark "Chopper" Read, in Andrew Dominik's
biopic Chopper (2000), based on the best-seller autobiography From The Inside.
Bana gained almost 50 pounds to portray the title role and his brilliant
performance received praise, winning an Australian Film Industry Award for Best

From 2000 to 2001, Bana played the supporting role of Joe Sabatini in the
Australian comedy-drama series "Something in the Air." He then returned to the
silver screen, playing an American sergeant in Ridley Scott's adaptation of the
true war story as told in Mark Bowden's book, Black Hawk Down (2001, with Josh
Hartnett and Ewan McGregor). In the next year, Bana starred as Lotto in
writer-director Bill Bennett's comedy tale about a group of three road workers,
The Nugget (with Stephen Curry and Dave O'Neil).

After providing his voice as the Anchor in the animated hit Finding Nemo, Bana
starred as research scientist Dr. Bruce Banner, who mutates into a monstrously
powerful, green-skinned behemoth called Hulk (2003), in Ang Lee's adaptation of
the long-running Marvel comic "The Incredible Hulk." Being asked about the flop
movie, Bana said, “The Hulk is definitely what I would categorize as un-fun. I
don't think it always needs to be fun. It doesn't always need to be one big
happy family. Everyone got along, but it was a difficult, hard shoot. And I
think you see every ounce of sweat on the screen.”

In 2004, director-producer Wolfgang Petersen cast Bana to play Hector, the
eldest son of Priam, King of Troy and the greatest Trojan warrior, in his film
version of Homer's great epic Troy (also starring Brad Pitt). For his role, Bana
underwent weight and fight-training, which he admitted, “You couldn't have
bluffed your way through. It takes a lot of bloody arrogance, even with six
months' preparation.”

Soon, Eric Bana will star as professional poker player Huck Cheever in Curtis
Hanson's Lucky You (with Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall) and as a Mossad agent
in Steven Spielberg's film about the tragic aftermath of the 1972 Munich
Olympics, titled Munich (alongside Daniel Craig and Geoffrey Rush). Director
Richard Roxburgh also handed him the starring role in his next drama film, based
on Raimond Gaitas' award-winning memoir, Romulus, My Father.

"I think I've been fortunate and right now I'm in an incredibly fortunate
position, which I'm totally aware of. I think luck gets you on to the stage. But
it has nothing to do with keeping you there." Eric Bana


Australian Film Industry: Best Actor, Chopper, 2000
“I haven't met Heath but I really look forward to a good beer and a sit-down because I'm sure we could compare a bunch of notes after this experience.”More Eric Bana quotes [01/09/2007 12:01:00]
I think you need to be able to see a lot of negative in things in order to extract material, so there's probably something to that. A lot of the people I used to work with were very, very, very unfunny offstage, so that's a pretty common thing.More Eric Bana quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You have to be proactive about your destiny and then realize that the other half of it is completely out of your control. I think it's fascinating.More Eric Bana quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do believe in reading signs if they're really obvious to you. Things happen. Someone will say something to you today in the morning and then later on that day someone will mention the same thing and then the next day someone will mention it again. There's a reason why three people have said something within twenty four hours.More Eric Bana quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The longer you have something, the stronger the bond. That's true with people as well as things.More Eric Bana quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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