Five Favorite Films with Aaron Eckhart
Plus, The Rum Diary co-star on making the film, playing chaming bad guys, and staying in character -- and sober -- on set.
You could set your watch to Aaron Eckhart's handsomely chiseled features -- but do so at your own peril. As he's proved time and again on screen, Eckhart excels at portraying deceptively charming men: be they manipulative executives (his breakout In the Company of Men), big-tobacco spin doctors (Thank You For Smoking), or literally, physically duplicitous district attorneys (The Dark Knight). Which isn't to say he won't play nice, reasonably normal guys, of course, as his excellent (and strangely Oscar-overlooked) performance in last year's Rabbit Hole attests. This week, however, Eckhart's up to his smooth-talking tricks in The Rum Diary, playing against Johnny Depp as the impeccably-dressed but otherwise rather rapacious Sanderson -- an American businessman out to turn postcard-perfect Puerto Rico into a lucrative tourist resort. We spoke with Eckhart recently, where he talked about the film, his thoughts on writer Hunter S. Thompson, and the art of playing the likeable bad guy. But first, he ran through his five favorite films.
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)
The Getaway (Sam Peckinpah, 1972)
Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978)
Next, Eckhart on The Rum Diary, staying sober on set, and playing charming bad guys.